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Friday, 13 February 2015

Exclusion and Embrace

Exclusion and Embrace: Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness and Reconciliation,
Miroslav Volf, Abingdon Press, 1996, page 19

In a new (well, written in 1996 but new to me) book that I reading for my next essay, Miroslav Volf asserts:

The politics of difference rests on two basic persuasions. First, the identity of a person is inescapably marked by the particularities of the social setting in which he or she is born and develops.

This starts things from the very beginning. Volf continues:

In identifying with parental figures, peer groups, teachers, religious authorities and community leaders, one does not identify with them simply as human beings, but also with their investment in a particular language, religion, custome, their construction of gender and racial difference, etc.

All this comes in our assessment of people, often our first impressions of the way people present.

Posted By Jonathan, 9:00am Comment Comments: 0