Meet our Senior Advisory Committee

September 30, 2015

One of the greatest assets of the Theology of Joy and the Good Life project is its leadership. Over its three year period, the project will be shaped and guided by an outstanding team of scholars and religious leaders from around the globe.

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The Senior Advisory Committee brings together years of experience and outstanding scholarship to support the work of the project’s Principal Investigator, Miroslav Volf.

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Jürgen Moltmann, Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at the University of Tübingen, is one of the most influential theologians of the second half of the Twentieth Century. He is a former member of the Faith and Order Committee of the World Council of Churches and was the Robert W. Woodruff Distinguished Visiting Professor of Systematic Theology at Candler School at Emory University from 1983 to 1993. He delivered the Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh in 1984–1985. He is the author of Theology of Hope and Experiences of Joy: Ways and Forms of Christian Theology and is the winner of the 2000 Louisville Grawemeyer Prize in Religion. 

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Jonathan Sacks is the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor of Judaic Thought at NYU, the Kressel and Ephrat Family University Professor of Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University, and Professor of Law, Ethics, and the Bible at King’s College London. He previously served as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. Rabbi Sacks has been described by HRH the Prince of Wales as “a light unto this Nation” and by Tony Blair as “an intellectual giant”. He has authored 25 books, including Celebrating Life: Finding Happiness in Unexpected Places and To Heal A Fractured World: The Ethics of Responsibility. He received the Grawemeyer Prize for Religion in 2004 for The Dignity of Difference.

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Nicholas Wolterstorff is the Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology at Yale University and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. He has been President of the American Philosophical Association (Central Division) and of the Society of Christian Philosophers; he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The named lectures he has given include the Wilde Lectures at Oxford University, the Gifford Lectures at St. Andrews University, the Stone Lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary, and the Taylor Lectures at Yale University. Two of his most recent publications are Journey toward JusticeJustice in Love; and The God We Worship.

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N. T. Wright, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews, is one of the world’s leading Bible scholars. He served as Bishop of Durham from 2003-2010, having earlier held teaching positions at Oxford, Cambridge, and McGill Universities and church appointments in Lichfield and at Westminster Abbey. He has been featured in popular media, including ABC News, Dateline, The Colbert Report, and Fresh Air. His publications include The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is and The Resurrection of the Son of God.