Life Worth Living, HUMS 411b

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The Life Worth Living Program is an effort to revive critical discussion in universities and the broader culture about the most important question of our lives: What is a life worth living?

HUMS 411, “Life Worth Living,” draws upon a range of philosophical and religious traditions to help students develop habits of reflection that will equip them for the life-long process of discerning the good life. In addition to seminar readings from the foundational texts of each tradition, the course engages guest practitioners of the various religious traditions examined and offers a weekend retreat that invites students to reflect on their own worldview and approach to the questions under consideration. Since the inaugural seminar in 2014, the class has been taught by Miroslav Volf, Ryan Mc-Annally-Linz, Matt Croasmun, Angela Gorrell, and Drew Collins.

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Professor Miroslav Volf is founding director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture and the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School. His work focuses on a theology of forgiveness and non-violence, particularly theological understandings of work, the church, the Trinity, violence, reconciliation, and memory. His books include, among others, Flourishing: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized World (2016), Do We Worship the Same God?: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Dialogue (2012), Allah: A Christian Response (2011), and A Common Word: Muslims and Christians on Loving God and Neighbor (2010). He holds a B.A. from the Evangelical-Theological Faculty in Osijek, Croatia, M.A. from Fuller Theological Seminary, and his Dr. theol. and Dr. theol. habil. from the University of Tübingen, Germany.

Professor Ryan McAnnally-Linz is co-author, with Miroslav Volf, of Public Faith in Action: How to Think Critically, Engage Wisely, and Vote with Integrity (Brazos, June 2016) and author of various scholarly and popular articles on systematic theology, political theology, and humanities education in Modern TheologyThe Journal of ReligionSojourners, and other periodicals. He manages research for the Theology of Joy and the Good Life Project and co-teaches the Center’s Life Worth Living seminar. Ryan began working at the Center in 2009, as a Master student at Yale Divinity School (MAR 2010), and continued throughout his doctoral program (PhD, Religious Studies 2016), working on projects including A Public Faith and Flourishing: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized World.

Professor Matt Croasmun is Associate Research Scholar and Director of the Life Worth Living Program at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture and Lecturer of Divinity & Humanities at Yale University. With deep grounding in both the church and the academy, Matt brings to all of his work a passion for the intersection of the life of faith and the life of the mind. His main research interests lie in the Pauline Epistles, illuminated by various streams of contemporary philosophy of science, theological reflection, and critical theory. 

An advocate of interfaith dialogue, Matt has facilitated sacred text readings of the New Testament and Quran in partnership with local churches and mosques. He also serves as a faculty advisor for the Yale Humanist Community and the Life Worth Living Fellows.