coverAt VIMEO — Brian Mclaren in Adelaide – Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World (Part 1 of 3). Elsewhere, the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. The website.. and the practical efforts .. are divided into four areas:

God and Human Flourishing
Faith and Globalization
Ethics and Spirituality in the Workplace
Reconciliation Program
A Common Word at Yale

AN ambitious set of concerns! But with theologians of the stature of Miroslav Volf, one would not expect much less. I have not yet got my hands on his book, A Public Faith, but I want to. For a written sample of what he is about, his “Easter message” 2009 is HERE. He also delivered the Kuyper Lecture in 2012.

Of course, with a seat on Obama’s council on inter-religious dialogue, some think he is the anti-Christ. But since we are called to love Muslim’s, and more importantly, GOD loves Muslims! – we had better learn how to talk with them. At Political Theology, Volf summarizes the reasons for his recent book:

“Debates are raging today about the role of religions in public life, and it is not difficult to see why. First, religions—Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and so on—are growing numerically, and their members worldwide are increasingly unwilling to keep their convictions and practices limited to the private sphere of family or religious community. Instead, they want these convictions and practices to shape public life. They may engage in electoral politics and seek to influence legislative processes (as the Religious Right has done in the United States since the Reagan presidency), or they may concentrate on transforming the moral fabric of society through religious awakening (as the Religious Right seems to be doing during the Obama presidency). Either way, many religious people aim to shape public life according to their own vision of the good life.

“Second, in today’s globalized world, religions cannot be neatly sequestered into separate geographic areas. As the world shrinks and the interdependence of people increases, ardent proponents of different religions come to inhabit the same space. But how do such people live together, especially when all of them want to shape the public realm according to the dictates of their own sacred texts and traditions?”

Related: this short story from Naomi Shihab Nye

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Peter Berger writes, “Modernity is not necessarily secularizing; it is necessarily pluralizing. Modernity is characterized by an increasing plurality, within the same society, of different beliefs, values, and worldviews. Plurality does indeed pose a challenge to all religious traditions — each one must cope with the fact that there are ‘all these others,’ not just in a faraway country but right next door.” “Secularization Falsified,” First Things, Feb. 2008.