Friday, 20 February 2015
Exclusion and Embrace: Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness and Reconciliation,
Miroslav Volf, Abingdon Press, 1996, page 29
Starting to explain the themes making up the book, Volf talks about the metaphor of 'embrace' based on Paul's injunction: "Welcome one another, therefore, just as Messiah has welcomed you" (Romans 15:7). He says:
the will to give ourselves to others and "welcome" them, to readjust our identities to make space for them, is prior to any judgement about others, except that of identifying them in their humanity. The precedes any 'truth' about others and any construction of their 'justice'. This will is absolutely indiscriminate and strictly immutable; it transcends the moral mapping of the social world into 'good' and 'evil'.
He does go on to discuss whether truth and justive are still relevant in chapters 5-7!