Friday, 3 April 2015
Exclusion and Embrace: Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness and Reconciliation,
Miroslav Volf, Abingdon Press, 1996, page 145-146
Volf's second notable feature is nonsymmetricity; the nonsymmetricity of the relationship. The partners in an embrace are never equal, never exactly the same.
As a metaphor, embrace implies that the self and the other belong together in theur mutual alterity. For the self shaped by the cross of Christ and the life of the triune G-d, however, embrace includes not just the other who is a friend but also the other who is an enemy.
He suggests that it is only through self-sacrifice that a truly equal and reciprocal embrace can be reached.