05/14/2012 01:56 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Miroslav Volf: Honor Everyone (VIDEO)

"In this electoral year tensions are particularly high. Polarities are strong. Many people think that the future of our country, indeed the future of what America is all about, is at stake. When both the stakes and the tensions are high, civility suffers. Desperate to win, we demean and dehumanize our opponents. All sides have been 'civility offenders,' but the bombastic Rush Limbaugh can perhaps serve as the prime example. Over the past months, I have lectured at conferences, churches and colleges on 'honoring everyone,' on living in a civil way notwithstanding our deep differences," says Miroslav Volf, the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity and founder and director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture.

I recently interviewed Miroslav in Portland, Ore., where he gave one of these "honoring everyone" lectures as a keynote address to to some 4,000 people of all political persuasions at the "Justice Conference." Consider the mindset of toleration. Watch the interview.

"Honoring everyone contains the promise of possibility." --Miroslav Volf

Check out Miroslav's books, including his latest, "Public Faith, A: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good." To purchase a hi-res version of this interview visit The Work Of The People.