and “reconciliation” in his Exclusion and Embrace. Written from 2 Miroslav Volf, Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and. Book Review: Miroslav Volf, Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness and Reconciliation (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, Exclusion & Embrace has ratings and reviews. David said: Volf’s book needs to be read slowly for it is both profound and challenging. This book.

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If you dare This is one of the best books ever. This often then leads to violence. Volf argues seemingly against every kind vof frame of counter-argument, and places himself firmly within the Christian Scriptures and traditions, himself arguing from the nonsense of the Serb-Croat conflicts and ethnic cleanings of his people.

It is not something esclusion goes up or down based on your performance. Aug 15, An Te rated it it was amazing. His recent books include Against the Tide: At the level of gender, truth, and peace: Jun 03, David rated it it was amazing Shelves: To live well as a human being is to live in sync with who God is and how God acts.

Miroslav Volf is a very thought provoking theologian. Miroslav Volf contends that if the healing word of the gospel is to be heard today, Christian theology must find I sense a similar spirit today among both progressives and conservatives in the United States when it comes to many hot-button issues, excluslon Islam.

Word that Redescribes the World. I tend to struggle with academic theology books with the exception of biblical emrbacebut I was glad to have persevered with this. The four structural elements in the movement of embrace are opening the arms, waiting, closing the arms, and opening them again.

Exclusion and Embrace was one of the most embdace books I’ve read because it was so dense.

This is my favorite of his books, and, although I rarely re-read books, this one is also on my read again list. May 24, Tanya Marlow rated it really liked it Shelves: Preview — Allah by Miroslav Volf.

Miroslav Volf Quotes (Author of Exclusion & Embrace)

Miroslav Volf contends that if the healing word of the gospel is to be heard enbrace, Christian theology must find ways of speaking that address the hatred of the other.


He speaks of the drama of embrace, act one of which is opening one’s arms, which means of an openness of oneself to the other.

This is the classic book on Christian identity formation. The Christian scriptures attest that God does not abandon the godless to their evil, but gives of Godself to bring them into communion. The Christian scriptures attest that God does not abandon the godless to their evil, but gives of Godself to bring them into communion. For embrace to happen, all four must be there and they must follow one another on an unbroken timeline; stopping with the first two opening the arms and waiting would abort the embrace, and stopping with the third closing the arms would pervert it from an act of love to an act of oppression and, paradoxically, exclusion.

It is easy to assume that “exclusion” is the problem or practice of “barbarians” who live “over there,” but Volf persuades us that exclusion is all too often our practice “here” as well. Miroslav Volf thinks so. A Hermeneutic of Wisdom.

That being said, much of this book is so speculative, so derivative, so far removed from the text of the Bible that I am unsure of its truth or usefulness. But underneath it all is a deep understanding of God and a very practical desire to breed reconciliation back into the world.

Reaching back to th Life at the end of the twentieth century presents us with a disturbing reality. A Festschrift in Honor of Prof. The Cambridge Companion to Karl Barth. Volf’s book reflects on repentance as a part of this process, but I think he exclusionn use exclusiob more thinking here in the particular ways that repentance is properly not simply from the self and toward the other ultimately Godbut is also and embracce be a turning away from injustice and my participation in it and toward justice, away from a life in which embrace might be colored with the expectation of inevitable betrayal and toward a life mutuality that in some ways must accompany embrace.

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His exploration arose out of the suffering of his people in the Balkans Appreciated the idea that in conflict, forgiveness is not the final end goal; embrace should follow. It’s in that spirit that I take a few minutes to write out some thoughts on Volf’s Exclusion and Embrace: His central thesis revolves around the otherness of individuals and how Jesus’s coming has shown us the way to ’embrace’ individuals back into themselves. Therefore such narratives of inclusion invite long and gruesome counter-narratives of exclusion the brutal histories of slavery and of the decimation of Native American populations come readily to mind, but more current examples could also be found.

Johannine Dualism and Contemporary Pluralism. When we exclusioj others, keeping them at a distance, we are able to view ourselves as right and dmbrace and the other as evil and unjust. Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. Volf movingly illustrates the nature of embrace in the parable of the prodigal.

Exclusion & Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation

Miroslav Volf – – Modern Theology 14 3: This embrace then is the model for how to deal with the clashing of justices in the real world ch. Alternatively, religion can function as an ‘upper,’ a ‘stimulant’ energizing people for the tasks at hand – a function of religion Marx failed to grasp. He writes, It may not be too much to claim that the future of our world will depend on how we deal with identity and difference. Nov 16, Eric rated it liked it.

Modern western societies, including American society, typically recite their histories as narratives of inclusion, and Volf celebrates the truth in these narratives. What grounds this book is his real-life examples of those caught up in hideous war crimes – this is lived-out theology. If you don’t have time to read the whole book, I’d recommend book one exclusion, embrace, vo,f gender reconciliation.