Articles
 The Challenge of Change
 Elul 24
 Elul 23
 Elul 22
 Elul 21
 Elul 20
 Elul 19
 Elul 17
 Elul 16
 Elul 15

Series [All]
 Administration
 Elul 5777 (9)
 Exploring Translation Theories (25)
 Memory and Identity
 Religion and Cultural Memory (51)
 The Creative Word (19)
 The Cross-Cultural Process (7)
 The Old Testament is Dying
 The Oral Gospel Tradition (4)
 We the People (8)

Archive
 

Friday, 27 March 2015
Act Three

Exclusion and Embrace: Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness and Reconciliation,
Miroslav Volf, Abingdon Press, 1996, page 143-144

Act Three in Volf's Drama of Embrace is closing the arms. Not in a trap or a bear-hug, but in an embrace. This must be reciprocal; it takes four arms for one embrace - two is either just an invitation, or a clutch. Volf goes on:

For such free and mutual giving and receiving to take place, in addition to reciprocity, a soft touch is necessary. I may not close my arms around the other too tightly, so as to crush her and assimilate, otherwise I will be engaged in a concealed power-act of exclusion.

Similarly, Volf argues, it is necessary for both parties to maintain their own identity boundaries. This is not an uncontrolled merger, anihilating one identity or the other.

In an embrace the identity of the self is both preserved and transformed, and the alterity of the other is both affirmed as alterity and partly received into the ever changing identity of the self.

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