“We are in a crisis: pandemic, racist violence, political uncertainty, cultural clashes, economic downturn. All this is exposing fragility of our lives and calls our way of life as individuals and society into question. The truth is we must be confronted with fragility and death to seek a more promising life. That’s Jesus: the healthy do not need—and do not seek—a doctor.
We are sick and yet, faced with death, most of us crave not a new life, but the life we’ve always known, the very life whose cracks the crisis is exposing. —Miroslav Volf
Ponder also what Professor Volf has to say about repentance in his incredible book Exclusion and Embrace. This book is not a quick read. That’s said, it is deep, rich, and utterly profound—without question one of the best books I’ve ever read! It couldn’t be more timely either, given our current crisis.
Thanks for the book recommendation! I value your opinion Carolyn.
Glad you’re planning to buckle and read it. There are moments in the book when you either want to shout with joy or just put your head down and weep that we’ve understood so little–such powerful clarity. Let me know how it goes.
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I just noted there is the 1996 edition, and a revised and updated edition. Which did you read? With other books, sometimes I find a revised or updated work is better or… worse.
I’ve read the 1996 version, and will be reading the revised. I’d suggest the latter, but either version is powerful.
Agree 100%. A powerful book for our times…
So, so true.