A thought from Miroslav Volf

Inspired by my post on St. Leo the Great’s call to caritas without boundaries, I checked out the notes I took from Miroslav Volf’s book Exclusion and Embrace, a magnificent examination of the theme of its title. Volf calls Christians to a life of embrace, reminding us that God showed his love for us by dying for us when we were still his enemies. We are thus to have a radical life of love, even when that might mean being slain by those whom we embrace. Volf sees this as a way out of the violence and hatred and war of our fallen world. Here’s a passage:

I do not reject exclusion because of a contingent preference for a certain kind of society, so the one one in which people are ‘able to work out their private salvations, create their private self-images, reweave their webs of belief and desire in the light of whatever new people and books they happen to encounter’. I reject exclusion because the prophets, evangelists, and apostles tell me that this is a wrong way to treat human beings, any human being, anywhere, and I am persuaded to have good reasons to believe them. (p. 68)


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