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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The book is very thought provoking, excluzion say the least. This kind of call sounds strange to our age of tribalism, though perhaps no stranger than any age where we find it easy to love those like us, less easy to love exc,usion unlike us, and not possible at all to love those who do not love us.

He concluded that each of these verses was open to alternate interpretations, and that he could therefore follow Jesus as a Muslim.

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This work is extremely thought provoking and, at times, challenging. Jan 28, Joshua Butler rated it it was amazing. Open Preview See a Problem? Visiting Assistant Professor Jeremiah W.

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

If nothing is impossible with God, except perhaps the complete redemption of creation, then would God not prefer cessation of existence for the violent over the unlikely necessity of embace overthrow? Apr 05, Jeremy anx it as to-read Shelves: Tim Keller on this book: Exclusion happens, Volf argues, wherever impenetrable barriers are set up that prevent a creative encounter with the other. Exclusion and Embrace was one of the most challenging books I’ve read because it was so dense.

Oct 17, Liz rated it it was amazing. Jun 22, Lesa rated it really liked it. I love this book and include it in the top 10 books that have influenced my life. Plus consider the seven- and eight-letter words used throughout! Is there embracr alternative to estrangement, discord, revenge and violence?

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. I sense a similar spirit today among both progressives and conservatives in the United States when it comes to many hot-button issues, including Islam.


Christ identifies with victims of i This is a dense and academic read, but a rewarding one. This book gave me a new perspective on my parents divorce when it was happening because I could see how divorce as exclusion in order to put a stop to unhealthy relationships can make room for embrace and forgiveness. On the other hand, perhaps it is not so different from the famous proclamation from Martin Luther King, Jr. The reason I did not give five stars is because of the difficulty of this book to read at times.

On the contrary, it presumes volff it is essential to maintain the self’s boundaries and therefore pass judgmentbut suggests that these boundaries ought to be porous, so that the self, while ajd being obliterated, can make a journey with the other in reconciliation and mutual enrichment.

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Of opening the door to reconciliation? This embrace then is the model for how to deal with the clashing of justices in the real world ch. Volf’s final analysis that we are to trust in God’s violent justice, and therefore eschew our own, was a bit of a letdown. Character of Theology, The. 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. Volf puts forth exclusion of the other as the problem ch.

A Christian Response ; Free of Charge: Vplf and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace. The review must be at least 50 characters long. Work in the Spirit: Faith is the first part of the bridge from self-centeredness to generosity.

I found it a challenging read but well worth it.

Not for the faint of heart, Volf presents a thesis that ad radically different from popular thinking, in either liberal or conservative circles: Yet, at the same time he interjects just enough worldly logic to show he not Christians need to be totally naive.

Volf creates a vision of a perfect form of embracing the other while rejecting the exclusion on the basis of Christian belief and values. The solution to this is to embrace, which does not pretend evil does not exist but seeks to model God’s embrace of hostile humanity by embracing the other even in their wrongdoing ch.


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On top of that, Volf is thoughtful and writes beautifully with concern for the problems facing us in our ever-divided, increasingly partisan world. Jul 26, Amy rated it it was amazing.

Reaching back to the New Testament metaphor of salvation as reconciliation, Volf proposes the idea of embrace as a theological response to the problem of exclusion. It is not something that goes up or down based on your performance.

It centers primarily on Muslims who insist that they can be followers of Christ without abandoning Islam. What Volf has to say is well thought out, vopf the subject matter is such good stuff! If you want to be a wise peacemaker and a better lover-of-enemies, rad this book. One cannot, however, have a self-enclosed communion with the Triune God- exclsuion “foursome,” as it were– for the Christian God is not a private deity.

The answer is in embrace, which Volf ultimately founds in th Exclusion of the “other” who is different and the violence which can often arise from this has been part of the human story ever since Ebmrace and Abel. To those who wonder why God cannot simply save all, Volf points out that God forcing people into an embrace would itself be violence.

Act three is closing the arms in which each makes space for the other while maintaining one’s own self. By declaring I am not like youwe define ourselves by what we are not, clustering around those who are like us and reviling those who are not.

This was my favorite chapter in the book. He then applies his ideas to several complex issues such as gender roles, oppression and justice, deception and truth, violence and peace.

Some of their features are reminiscent of the God of Jesus Christ.

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