Inaugural Lectures featuring Dr. Miroslav Volf
Thursday February 6th, 2014
Newport Mesa Church
2599 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Lecture One: Giving Up on the Meaning of Life | 3:00PM – 4:15PM
Though flourishing in many ways, universities today are also in a crisis that touches the very core of their mission. Over the past fifty years, we have gradually given up on university-based discussion of questions of deepest human concern: What is a life worth living?
Lecture Two: Life Worth Living | 7:30PM – 8:30PM
Christian universities should place the question of what makes life worth living at the center of their educational endeavors.
Miroslav Volf was educated in his native Croatia, United States, and Germany. He earned doctoral and post-doctoral degrees (with highest honors) from the University of Tuebingen, Germany. He has written or edited fifteen books and over seventy scholarly articles. His most significant books include Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation (1996), After Our Likeness: The Church as the Image of the Trinity (1998), Allah: A Christian Response (2011), and A Public Faith: On How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good (2011). He is actively involved in many top-level initiatives concerning Christian-Muslim relations and is a member of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum.
After receiving his B.A. from the Evangelical-Theological Faculty in Osijek, Croatia, Miroslav received his M.A. from Fuller Theological Seminary and both his Dr. Theol. and Dr. Theol. Habil. from the University of Tubingen, Germany. He served as co-editor (1979-84) and then editor (1984-89) of Izvori, a Croatian Christan monthly, and he has published numerous books and articles in the U.S., Germany, and his native Croatia.
Most recently, Professor Volf was the lead author of the Christian response to “A Common Word Between Us and You” the historic open letter signed by 138 Muslim scholars, clerics, and intellectuals released in October 2007, which identified some core common ground at the heart of the Christian and Muslim faiths. Miroslav has given many prestigious lectureships including the Dudleian Lecture, Harvard; the Chavasse Lectures, Oxford; the Waldenstroem Lectures, Stockholm; the Gray Lectures, Duke University; and the Stob Lectures, Calvin College. He has been featured on National Public Radio’s Speaking of Faith and Public Television’s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, as was a keynote presenter for the Trinity Institute’s 36th National Conference, “The Anatomy of Reconciliation”.