David Brooks and Miroslav Volf: A Conversation on Character, Flourishing & the Good Life

What makes a life worth living?

Today, more than at any previous time in history, the question of the good life—the question of what makes for a flourishing life—is a pressing one. Once upon a time this question came pre-answered—by culture, by religion, by tradition—but these days, we each have to ask and answer for ourselves: What is the good life? What does it mean to life a flourishing life? These are difficult questions that require intellectual muscles we’ve long let atrophy; we need one another’s help to ask and answer them well. But one begins to wonder: How do we even begin to have this conversation together, if each of us must answer these questions for ourselves?

David Brooks, a columnist for the New York Times and a Senior Fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale, is the author of The Road to Character (2015). 
Miroslav Volf, Professor of Systematic Theology & Director of Yale Center for Faith & Culture, is the author of Flourishing: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized World (2016).