Flourishing: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized World by Miroslav Volf

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Read Flourishing: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized World Online Free - More than almost anything else, globalization and the great world religions are shaping our lives, affecting everything from the public policies of political leaders and the economic decisions of industry bosses and employees, to university curricula, all the way to the inner longings of our hearts. Integral to both globalization and religions are compelling, overlapping, and sometimes competing visions of what it means to live well.
In this perceptive, deeply personal, and beautifully written book, a leading theologian sheds light on how religions and globalization have historically interacted and argues for what their relationship ought to be. Recounting how these twinned forces have intersected in his own life, he shows how world religions, despite their malfunctions, remain one of our most potent sources of moral motivation and contain within them profoundly evocative accounts of human flourishing. Globalization should be judged by how well it serves us for living out our authentic humanity as envisioned within these traditions. Through renewal and reform, religions might, in turn, shape globalization so that can be about more than bread alone.

Title : Flourishing: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized World
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ISBN : 0300186533
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


B.J. rated it ★★★☆☆

February 27, 2017

Globalization needs religion. That basically is the hypothesis Miroslav Volf puts forth as he talks about the intersection of the two in our modern society. The social and economic influence of globalization cannot flourish without the depth of meaning provided by the major world religions. Volf...

Adam rated it ★★★★☆

January 26, 2016

Short Review: On the whole I think this is a useful book and an important call. Essentially Volf is making a Christian case for why religious exclusivists need to embrace political pluralism. He believes that globalization (political and economic) need the moral underpinnings that only religious...

Robert rated it ★★★★★

February 12, 2016

Miroslav Volf is one of the preeminent theological voices of our time. He has a kept a keen eye on the broad religious and cultural issues that play out in the world. His book Allah: A Christian Response is a masterpiece of theological reflection that seeks to build bridges with Islam, while not...

Bob rated it ★★★★★

March 13, 2016

Summary: Volf argues that the twin globalizing forces of international economics and world religions, problematic as they may be, may also be the source of rich and holistic flourishing for the human community. There has been a compelling argument by Thomas Friedman and others that the global forc...

Maria rated it ★★★☆☆

May 15, 2016

Volf argues that in a globalized world that economics don't provide overarching meaning for life; and that people need the structure of religion. He acknowledges the link of religion and violence in the past, and present but argues that all religions have elements of peace within their doctrines....

Jeremy rated it ★★★★★

May 01, 2016

I don't think I am intellectual enough to give this book a deserving review so I will simply say this. I think Volf puts forth a compelling and reasonable thesis for leaders of world religions to collaborate in infusing the globalization process with a moral undergirding while acknowledging funda...

Jocelyn rated it ★★★★★

July 16, 2017

We need religion in a globalized world, says Volf, because religion points us to a reality that transcends politics and trade. To be sure, religion often motivates and legitimates violence -- but not if religious people keep it independent of political power, focus on its vision of the good life,...

Fred rated it ★★★★★

January 05, 2018

A wonderful exposition of how the major religions of the world who are now bumping up against each other can figure out how they can coexist while at the same time not giving up on their contributions to their beliefs. Religions are being globalized just as business is doing the same. There is a...

Thomas rated it ★★★☆☆

August 02, 2017

I've planned to write a review of this since finishing it early this year. Great reference book, but lacking depth. Worth getting the hard copy to star some relevant pages for discussions about religion, diversity, and globalization.

Mike rated it ★★★★☆

March 19, 2017

Probably like most (wildly) ambitious books, this one is both simultaneously dense and ... incomplete. Volf persuades me completely that globalization promotes a way of life in need of correction. He persuades me that religion serves as a useful correction to the shortcomings of globalization (th...

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