A podcast cover photo that says, "For the Life of the World."

What is a life worthy of our humanity?
 How can we live it?

Featuring Yale's Miroslav Volf, Ryan McAnnally-Linz, Matt Croasmun, and Drew Collins for conversations exploring theology and culture. Hosted by Evan Rosa.

4.9/5
Listen On:

Most Recent

Snail crossing the ocean horizon
Episode No. 48

Patience with Yourself

Miroslav Volf and Ryan McAnnally-Linz reflect on Karl Rahner's admonition to be patient with oneself. The discussion begins by recognizing the gap between who you are now and who you aspire to be, and proceeds with the need to keep the tension alive, working and bearing with your limitations, and exploring the freedom of a serene patience with oneself. Serenity is not acquiescence to vice or bad habits. But it represents a courageous long-term peace with your imperfections—an effort to recognize oneself as rooted in divine love and grace and acceptance, even as you pursue a vision of a better self.

Miroslav Volf & Ryan McAnnally-Linz
Listen

listener reviews

Giving life!
I’ve been helped, encouraged, stimulated. I’ve found it to be consistently interesting and thoughtful. Best podcast for Christian interest.

boilermaker68, 08.29.2020

Timely
So much is happening and our society has rules where we often check our deepest meaning systems at the door. This works until a year like this year when we need to draw on much deeper resources, and we want a way to connect as a community. This group seems committed to softening those isolating norms, and showing us all what that could look like to do so with love and respect.

Donnied48, 10.05.2020

Thank you all!
This has been such a profound source of wisdom and reflection and hope in these dark times. I very much appreciate all the thought and effort you put into these. Thank you so much!

KelWatts0830, 06.26.2020

Episodes

Patience with Yourself

Miroslav Volf and Ryan McAnnally-Linz reflect on Karl Rahner's admonition to be patient with oneself. The discussion begins by recognizing the gap between who you are now and who you aspire to be, and proceeds with the need to keep the tension alive, working and bearing with your limitations, and exploring the freedom of a serene patience with oneself. Serenity is not acquiescence to vice or bad habits. But it represents a courageous long-term peace with your imperfections—an effort to recognize oneself as rooted in divine love and grace and acceptance, even as you pursue a vision of a better self.

Miroslav Volf & Ryan McAnnally-Linz

1.16.2021
37 min
Listen

Violence, Shame, Fear, Anger, and Lost Civic Friendship

What is the state of Christianity and Democracy in America? This episode features some of the most timely and relevant reflections on faith and politics in America this week from the past six months of this podcast. Our recent guests Willie Jennings, David French, Marilynne Robinson, Robert George, and Samuel Perry and Andrew Whitehead, and Arlie Hochschild each offer perspectives we need to understand the political moment through the eyes of faith and culture.

Willie Jennings, David French, Marilynne Robinson & more

1.9.2021
57 min
Listen

Sedition in the Capitol (Audio)

Miroslav Volf and the staff of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture respond to the lies, provocation, sedition, riots, and violence at the Capitol building on January 6, 2021.

Miroslav Volf

1.7.2021
11 min
Listen

Christian Witness in Turbulent Places

Mike Cosper, host of Cultivated, a podcast about faith and work, interviews Miroslav Volf about his vocation as theologian. They discuss Miroslav's youth in Croatia and his family's influence on his spirituality and theology, as well as the urgent need for faithful witness in our turbulent times.

Miroslav Volf & Mike Cosper

1.2.2021
39 min
Listen

Santa, God, and the Obligation to Rejoice

Santa doesn't just want you to be happy. Santa needs you to be happy. Matt Croasmun explains how the contemporary Christmas myth—the Gospel of Christmas according to St. Nick—sets emotional norms that are vastly different from the Gospel of Christmas according to St. Paul.

Matthew Croasmun

12.26.2020
27 min
Listen

The Reason We Follow the Star

How can the Magi of Matthew 2—the Three Wise Men "bearing gifts" and "traversing afar"—help us understand faith and reason, giving and receiving, the nature of God, and how to be human? Drew Collins offers some new perspective on a familiar Christmas story.

Drew Collins

12.26.2020
27 min
Listen

Ignore These Walls

Evan Mawarire is a Pentecostal minister and democratic activist in Zimbabwe. He is founder of #ThisFlag Citizen's Movement and has been instrumental in standing up to corruption, injustice, and poverty in Zimbabwe. Miroslav Volf interviews Pastor Evan about his story of faith that leads to activism; the transformation he experience while being unjustly arrested, detained, and tortured in maximum security prison; and what it means to live a life worthy of our humanity.

Evan Mawarire & Miroslav Volf

12.19.2020
48 min
Listen

Black Joy and Oppressive Humility

Social ethicist Stacey Floyd-Thomas offers a womanist perspective on how humility can go terribly wrong, when it's hung over the heads of the humiliated, marginalized, and oppressed. This criticism of the traditional Christian virtue helps clarify the role of joy as the ultimate virtue of Black life, the centrality of black folk wisdom, and the beauty of black sisterhood. Interview by Ryan McAnnally-Linz.

Stacey Floyd-Thomas

12.12.2020
49 min
Listen

Strangers in Our Own Land

Arlie Hochschild discusses her book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, reflecting on how 2020 has made our mutual political alienation worse, and how we can implement deep listening, emotion management, hospitality, and create shelters from shame. Interview by Evan Rosa.

Arlie Hochschild

12.5.2020
54 min
Listen

Joyful Recognition, All Is Gift

Defining gratitude as joyful recognition, the courage to be grateful, comparing gratitude for self-help vs gratitude in prayer, resilience, seeing all as gift and everything as grace. Featuring: Stacey Floyd-Thomas, Sarah Schnitker, Jessica Hooten Wilson, and Miroslav Volf.

Stacey Floyd-Thomas, Sarah Schnitker & Jessica Hooten Wilson

11.28.2020
20 min
Listen

Civic Friendship, Courageous Humility, and Seeking Truth Together

Legal scholar Robert P. George comments on the meaning of friendship across disagreement, the need for public virtues of courage and humility, and how to address political polarization and hateful divisions through seeking the truth, thinking critically and openly, and respecting the dignity and freedom of the other. Interview by Evan Rosa.

Robert George & Evan Rosa

11.21.2020
52 min
Listen

Etching Everyday Existence with the Charisma of Holiness

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks was a British Jewish Rabbi, philosopher, politician, and author of more than 30 books. In this conversation, Miroslav Volf interviews Rabbi Sacks about Jewish perspectives on human flourishing, joy, sabbath, and the deeply communal and particular nature of Jewish faith as a witness to the common good. Rabbi Sacks died on November 7, 2020. May his memory be a blessing.

Jonathan Sacks & Miroslav Volf

11.14.2020
52 min
Listen
View All Episodes
Arrow