Review of “A Public Faith” by Miroslav Volf

A Public Faith by Miroslav Volf, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Brazos Press, 2011 (192 pages)

Miroslav Volf is a figure worthy of Sophocles. He is clearly one of the most gifted Protestant theologians of his generation, yet seems unable to free himself from captivity to the deeply destructive ideologies that define the boundaries of orthodoxy in modern academia. In book after book, Volf haphazardly combines sound and frequently brilliant biblical exposition with an ever-flowing stream of discredited Marxist and Gnostic nostrums. The result is like a car with a state-of-the-art engine and no steering or brakes—it is impressive to hear it rev but any attempt to put that power to use would yield disastrous results. Volf’s theological genius and ideological captivity are both on full display in his latest work, A Public Faith. The book’s goal is admirably suited to the needs of the times. A rediscovery of the first principles of godly political, economic, and cultural life, freshly applied to the new challenges of the twenty-first century, is desperately needed; when he sticks to theology proper, he makes important contributions. However, when he turns to practical application, he can only repeat the same tired ideas that are even now driving Western civilization to the brink of disaster.

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Read the rest at The Journal of Markets and Morality, Vol 14, No 2, 2011.

Topics: Christianity & Culture, Common Good

About the Author

Greg Forster, Ph.D. serves as the director of the Oikonomia Network at the Center for Transformational Churches at Trinity International University. He has a Ph.D. with distinction in political philosophy from Yale University. He is the author of six books, including Joy for the World: How Christianity Lost Its Cultural Influence and Can Begin Rebuilding It (2014).