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Miroslav Volf presents a previously unreleased clip of his conversation with John Hare, discussing essential workers, human dignity, and the value of human life in the midst of the pandemic.

Miroslav Volf presents a previously unreleased clip of his conversation with Yale philosopher John Hare, focusing on the treatment of essential workers, the meaning of dignity and respect, and the incommensurable value of human life. Miroslav offers extended commentary on capitalism, Christianity, and economic values in the midst of pandemic.

Reference: David Brooks, "America is Facing 5 Epic Crises All at Once" New York Times, June 25, 2020.

Show Notes

  • A conversation with John Hare in light of the multiple national crises of 2020.
  • What’s our responsibility as a society towards people who we require to take risks, such as medical staff during the pandemic?
  • Valuing a person before versus after a crisis, and the respect dignity requires.
  • Organizing our economic lives.
  • Start with a person and their values, and then construct an economy.
  • Making our neighbors ends our own ends.
  • Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
  • A morally responsible economic system.
  • Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Sabbath, and our every life and everyday work.

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