Faith & Globalization

The impact of religious faith is profound in a world where political, economic and social spheres are increasingly interconnected.

Despite its crucial role in the lives of billions of people, there is a widespread view, especially in the West, that faith is increasingly irrelevant or even a barrier to meeting modern challenges. The links between the religious, economic, and political forces shaping our world are too rarely explored or explained. Intentional and sustained reflection on the critical issues of faith and globalization leads to the kind of reconciliation and peaceful coexistence that the 21st century demands.

During the fall of 2008, Yale Divinity School and Yale School of Management in collaboration with the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, launched the Faith and Globalization Initiative in the fall of 2008 as a three-year effort to conduct dialogue as a way of considering these essential issues (Read an article on Yale Daily News here).

Volf brought to the seminar his ability to unite opposing ideas, most notably his emphasis of the common principles and convergences among religions as a means of reducing tensions in a globalized world. Volf complements Blair’s more pragmatic, policy-making background in his academic approach to the issues of faith and globalization. Volf draws on his research on faith and economics, human work, reconciliation and memory in co-leading with Prime Minister Blair three successive courses enriched by a wealth of influential international guest speakers- both academics and practitioners- investigating how faith can be lived responsibly in our globalized world and how it can contribute to the humanization of the globalization processes. Faith and Globalization lectures are available on iTunes here.

Volf has also conducted Faith and Globalization Seminar at Calvin College in 2010, and his new book Faith and Globalization will be published by Yale University Press in 2015.