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Exclusion and embrace : a theological exploration of identity, otherness, and reconciliation

Author: Miroslav Volf
Publisher: Nashville : Abingdon Press, [1996] ©1996
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Life at the end of the twenty-first century presents us with a disturbing reality. Otherness, the simple fact of being different in some way, has come to be defined as in and of itself evil. Miroslav Volf contends that if the healing word of the gospel is to be heard today, Christian theology must find ways of speaking that address the hatred of the other. Reaching back to the New Testament metaphor of salvation as  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Miroslav Volf
ISBN: 0687002826 9780687002825
OCLC Number: 35770930
Awards: Winner of Christianity Today Book Award (Top 25) 1997
Description: 336 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : The cross, the self, and the other --
Distance and belonging --
Exclusion --
Embrace --
Gender identity --
Oppression and justice --
Deception and truth --
Violence and peace.
Other Titles: Exclusion & embrace
Responsibility: Miroslav Volf.
Local System Bib Number:
36333

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"Life at the end of the twenty-first century presents us with a disturbing reality. Otherness, the simple fact of being different in some way, has come to be defined as in and of itself evil. Miroslav Volf contends that if the healing word of the gospel is to be heard today, Christian theology must find ways of speaking that address the hatred of the other. Reaching back to the New Testament metaphor of salvation as reconciliation, Volf proposes the idea of embrace as a theological response to the problem of exclusion. Increasingly we see that exclusion has become the primary sin, skewing our perceptions of reality and causing us to react out of fear and anger to all those who are not within our (ever-narrowing) circle. In light of this, Christians must learn that salvation comes, not only as we are reconciled to God, and not only as we "learn to live with one another," but as we take the dangerous and costly step of opening ourselves to the other, of enfolding him or her in the same embrace with which we have been enfolded by God."--Jacket.
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