More than almost anything else, globalization and the great world religions are shaping our lives, affecting everything from the public policies of political leaders and the economic decisions of industry bosses and employees to university curricula, all the way to the inner longings of our hearts. Integral to both globalization and religions are compelling, overlapping, and sometimes competing visions of what it means to live well.
In this perceptive, deeply personal, and beautifully written book, a leading theologian sheds light on how religions and globalization have historically interacted and argues for what their relationship ought to be. Recounting how these twinned forces have intersected in his own life, he shows how world religions, despite their malfunctions, remain one of our most potent sources of moral motivation and contain within them profoundly evocative accounts of human flourishing. Globalization should be judged by how well it serves us for living out our authentic humanity as envisioned within these traditions. Through renewal and reform, religions might, in turn, shape globalization so that it can be about more than bread alone.
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Globalization requires attention to religion.
- Adam Shields "Book blogger at Bookwi.se"
Takes some work on your part
Yes, it is a unique perspective, not confrontational and provides thorough background for his argument.
It's non-fiction, I guess I liked Roger Williams from the MA Bay Colony. He believed in religious freedom while maintaining personal faith.
I made two blog entries. Further inspiration to bridge the church/secular barrier.
Volf leaves a lot out of his stories and skips over history that his inconvenient to his argument. So I was unconvinced in the end. But that isn't entirely the point of the book. It was try to see things from someone else's POV.
- John W "reader"