Miroslav Volf is a professor of systematic theology at Yale University, where he served as the founding Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. He has taught courses on systematic theology, faith & globalization as well the theology of Luther, on grace and forgiveness focussing on non-violence in light of the traumatic experiences in Croatia and Serbia during the 1990’s. He is the author of several books including Allah: A Christian Response (2011), Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace (2006), and Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation (1996).
Professor Miroslav will speak on "Life Worth Living: The Christian Faith and the Crisis of Humanities."
"There is no nobler enquiry", says Socrates in Plato's dialogue Georgias, than this: "What ought the character of a man to be, and what his pursuits". In Western cultures, including our universities, we are gradually giving up on this nolest of all inquiries. Science and technology, though making our lives easier and longer, leave us empty and with a deep yearning. Left alone with our desires and ignorant of the purposes of human life, we come "leaky vessels", to use the image from Socrates' polemic against Callicles, always yearning and never satisfied. For the good of our souls and societies - our entire globe, in fact - we need to revive sustained reflection on what makes life worth living. Overcoming the crisis of humanities in our universities is key to that revival.
This event is free. All are welcome. Lecture will take place in St. Joseph Chapel, Regis College. Seating is limited. Please pre-register by clicking here or calling 416-922-5474 x221.
Regis College is located at 100 Wellesley Street West, Toronto, near the corner of Queen's Park Crescent East. Regis College is on the 94 Wellesley bus route and a short walk (south) from the Museum subway station. Public parking is available in the University of St. Michael's College parking lot on St. Joseph Street, one block north of Regis College. The venue is accessible.
Regis College is the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto and a Founding Member of the Toronto School of Theology.
Members of the public interested in theological education are invited to attend an open house in October and March each year.