Episode 598: Miroslav Volf on What Makes a Life Worth Living, Walking The Communist Death March, Viktor Frankl, Jürgen Moltmann, and The Crippling Effect of Struggling for Superiority

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Episode 598: Miroslav Volf on What Makes a Life Worth Living, Walking The Communist Death March, Viktor Frankl, Jürgen Moltmann, and The Crippling Effect of Struggling for Superiority

Yale University Professor Miroslav Volf talks about what makes life worth living, walking the communist death march, Viktor Frankl, Jürgen Moltmann, and the crippling effect of struggling for superiority.

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The fiercer the struggle against the injustice you suffer, the blinder you will be to the injustice you inflict. - @MiroslavVolf Click To Tweet The Spirit of God, who takes what isn't and makes something out of it, takes what is completely warped and transforms it into something beautiful. - @MiroslavVolf Click To Tweet Nothing changed in the situation, but everything changed, because he himself had changed. - @MiroslavVolf Click To Tweet

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