Prof. Miroslav VolfHenry B. Wright Professor of Theology

    Research Profile

    Prof. Volf’s two newest books are Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace (Zondervan 2005) and The End of Memory: Remembering Rightly in a Violent World (Eerdmans 2006). His other books include A Passion for God’s Reign: Theology, Christian Learning, and The Christian Self (Eerdmans, 1997) and After Our Likeness: The Church as the Image of the Trinity (Eerdmans, 1998). The latter is the inaugural volume in the Sacra Doctrina: Christian Theology for a Postmodern Age series edited by Alan G. Padgett. Miroslav is also editor, with Dorothy C. Bass, of Practicing Theology: Beliefs and Practices in Christian Life (Eerdmans, 2001). This is a collection of essays by 13 theologians who, from several cultural and Christian perspectives, explore the relationship between Christian theology and practice in the daily lives of believers, in the ministry of Christian communities, and as a needed focus within Christian education. He has written more than 70 scholarly articles and hundreds of popular editorials and articles. Primary focus of current research: Jesus Christ and Being Human.

    Teaching Profile

    Miroslav teaches theology at Yale Divinity School and Yale College. In addition to teaching required courses in systematic theology, he teaches courses on the theology of Luther, on grace and forgiveness, and many others. A native of Croatia, he has forged a theology of forgiveness and non-violence in the face of the horrendous violence experienced in Croatia and Serbia in the 1990s. While he maintains active interest in many aspects of faith’s relation to culture, his work has primarily focused on theological understandings of work, the church, the Trinity, violence, reconciliation and memory. He teaches a variety of seminars on central themes of theology, for instance “God in modern thought,” as well as regular introductory courses in systematic theology. Other seminars that he teaches are at the intersection of theology and aspects of contemporary life. Presently he is involved in a research project under the title “God and human flourishing.”

    Selcted Publications

    Volf/Croasmun, For the Life of the World: Theology that Makes Difference (Brazos, 2019)

    Volf, Flourishing: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized World (Yale UP, 2016)

    The End of Memory: Remembering rightly in a violent world (2006).

    God’s life in trinity (ed., 2006).

    Free of charge: Giving and forgiving in a culture stripped of grace (2005).

    A passion for god’s reign: Theology, Christian learning, and the Christian self (ed. 1998).

    After our likeness: The church as the image of the trinity (1998).

    (with J. Gundry-Volf) A spacious heart: Essays on identity and belonging (1997).

    Exclusion and embrace: A theological exploration of identity, otherness and reconciliation (1996).



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