Sunday, 5 April 2015
Exclusion and Embrace: Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness and Reconciliation,
Miroslav Volf, Abingdon Press, 1996, page 147
Volf's third notable feature is underdetermination of the outcome. After noting again the structural element of waiting, he observes that nothing can guarantee that the embrace will even take place, let alone determine the outcome.
Though each may open the arms toward the other, each has the right to refuse the embrace, to close herself off and stay outside the exchange of mutual giving and receiving.
Volf claims that is not possible to know in advance how embrace will change or be allowed to change either the self or the other.
Only one outcome is not possible: a genuine embrace cannot leave both or either completely unchanged.