Exclusion Embrace

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.

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Author: Miroslav Volf

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 9781426712333

Category: Religion

Page: 233

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Life at the end of the twentieth 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.

Exclusion and Embrace Revised and Updated

Volf won the 2002 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion for the first edition of his book, Exclusion & Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation (Abingdon, 1996).

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Author: Miroslav Volf

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 9781501861086

Category: Religion

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Life in the twenty-first century presents 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. Is there any hope of embracing our enemies? Of opening the door to reconciliation? 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. Volf won the 2002 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion for the first edition of his book, Exclusion & Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation (Abingdon, 1996). In that first edition, professor Volf, a Croatian by birth, analyzed the civil war and “ethnic cleansing” in the former Yugoslavia, and he readily found other examples of cultural, ethnic, and racial conflict to illustrate his points. Since September 11, 2001, and the subsequent epidemic of terror and massive refugee suffering throughout the world, Volf revised Exclusion and Embrace to account for the evolving dynamics of inter-ethnic and international strife.

The End of Memory

But Miroslav Volf here proposes the radical idea that "letting go" of such memories -- after a certain point and under certain conditions -- may actually be the appropriate course of action.While agreeing with the claim that to remember a ...

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Author: Miroslav Volf

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802829894

Category: Psychology

Page: 244

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Can one forget atrocities? Should one forgive abusers? Ought we not hope for the final reconciliation of all the wronged and all wrongdoers alike, even if it means spending eternity with perpetrators of evil? We live in an age when it is generally accepted that past wrongs -- genocides, terrorist attacks, bald personal injustices -- should be constantly remembered. But Miroslav Volf here proposes the radical idea that "letting go" of such memories -- after a certain point and under certain conditions -- may actually be the appropriate course of action. While agreeing with the claim that to remember a wrongdoing is to struggle against it, Volf notes that there are too many ways to remember wrongly, perpetuating the evil committed rather than guarding against it. In this way, the just sword of memory often severs the very good it seeks to defend. He argues that remembering rightly has implications not only for the individual but also for the wrongdoer and for the larger community. Volfs personal stories of persecution offer a compelling backdrop for his search for theological resources to make memories a wellspring of healing rather than a source of deepening pain and animosity. Controversial, thoughtful, and incisively reasoned, "The End of Memory" begins a conversation hard to ignore.

The Eucharist as a Countercultural Liturgy

VoLf'S addreSS to SociaL excLuSion To counter the culture of social exclusion,
Volf constructs the theology of embrace. This construction is based on the divine
embrace of god toward alienated humanity as shown on the cross.92 he ...

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Author: Yik-Pui Au

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781498279314

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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Since its institution, the Eucharist has been celebrated in all churches regardless of denominational differences. Yet its importance should not be just confined to the Christian communities; it can have transformational power in the cultural milieu. In this book, Yik-Pui Au argues that the Eucharist can be a countercultural liturgy that upholds the identity and values of Christianity by countering cultural currents that are contrary to the Christian faith. Au takes an interdisciplinary approach comprised of church history, ritual theory, and theology of culture to examine systematically the countercultural functions of the Eucharist interpreted by three modern theologians, Henri de Lubac, John Zizioulas, and Miroslav Volf, representing the Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant traditions respectively. The comparative evaluation of this cross-tradition analysis supports Au's argument that even though culture is complex and changing, the countercultural function of the Eucharist remains valid. Despite its complexity, culture can be transformed by the Eucharist and it can also challenge and renew our understanding of the Eucharist. She suggests that due to its richness, the countercultural function of the Eucharist cannot be exhausted by one tradition. It is the task of theologians to help the church continually venture to explore and vivify this function ecumenically.

God s Life in Trinity

The esteemed group of contributors in this volume probes new ways of understanding the triune character of God.

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Author: Miroslav Volf

Publisher:

ISBN: 0800638239

Category: Religion

Page: 262

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Jürgen Moltmann's distinctiveinsights in trinitarian theology— especially about the relationswithin God and God's presence increation — are revolutionary fortheology and set the stage for thesefurther explorations. The esteemedgroup of contributors in this volumeprobes new ways of understandingthe triune character of God. Among the contributors are: Nicholas Constas Sarah A. Coakley Harvey G. Cox Jr. Lyle Dabney David Fergusson David H. Kelsey Daniel Migliore Gerald O'Collins John Polkinghorne William Schweiker Dirk Smit Bryan D. Spinks Kathryn Tanner Ronald F. Thiemann Miroslav Volf John Webster Nicholas Wolterstorff

Unclean

is difficult to reconcile notions of holiness and purity with acts of solidarity,
embrace, and inclusion. At critical moral junctures, one must choose: exclusion or
embrace? In Matthew 9, for example, Jesus selects embrace while the Pharisees
 ...

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Author: Richard Beck

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781621890102

Category: Religion

Page: 212

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I desire mercy, not sacrifice. Echoing Hosea, Jesus defends his embrace of the unclean in the Gospel of Matthew, seeming to privilege the prophetic call to justice over the Levitical pursuit of purity. And yet, as missional faith communities are well aware, the tensions and conflicts between holiness and mercy are not so easily resolved. At every turn, it seems that the psychological pull of purity and holiness tempts the church into practices of social exclusion and a Gnostic flight from the world into a too spiritual spirituality. Moreover, the psychology of purity often lures the church into what psychologists call The Macbeth Effect, the psychological trap that tempts us into believing that ritual acts of cleansing can replace moral and missional engagement. Finally, time after time, wherever we see churches regulating their common life with the idiom of dirt, disgust, and defilement, we find a predictable wake of dysfunction: ruined self-images, social stigma, and communal conflict. In an unprecedented fusion of psychological science and theological scholarship, Richard Beck describes the pernicious (and largely unnoticed) effects of the psychology of purity upon the life and mission of the church.

A Spacious Heart

"A Spacious Heart" is a call to people to help heal the world by embracing "others" as they remain true to themselves.

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Author: Judith M. Gundry Volf

Publisher: Gracewing Publishing

ISBN: 1563382016

Category: Religion

Page: 71

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"A Spacious Heart" is a call to people to help heal the world by embracing "others" as they remain true to themselves. Ethnic differences pose a challenge to churches to struggle for a just peace between cultures, and "A Spacious Heart" addresses this problem by exploring the key aspects of the problem of diverse group identities.

Living Devotions

or stress sometimes results in a desire to exclude whatever or whoever is
perceived as threatening or new. The tendency to exclude is often linked to ...
Volf, Exclusion and Embrace, 75; Luke 10:31. 25. The author cannot confidently
identify ...

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Author: Mary Clark Moschella

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781630878436

Category: Religion

Page: 244

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Living Devotions explores how a particular community has creatively negotiated its religious bonds of connection in the context of immigration. These matters cannot be studied in the abstract. Religious practice is not something separate from the economic, cultural, and psychological dimensions of life, but rather something integral, which shapes and is being shaped by all of these other realities. The author examines these dynamics through an ethnographic case study of the living devotions of a group of Italian Catholic immigrants to San Pedro, California. The narrative describes how the group's historical experiences of immigration and fishing find expression in their particular forms of prayer, art, artifacts, and food. The healing and transformative power of these shared religious practices is explored. As contemporary theologians, pastors, and congregations seek to welcome and care for immigrants and other strangers in a shifting social landscape, we need ways to engage in care-full and attentive relationships. The ethnographic method employed here suggests a way to lift up the voices of ordinary people, allowing them to tell their own stories, while piecing together emerging bits of theological wisdom and compelling care practices. While the particular insights of any community are situated and specific, theological reflection in one context can animate a broader discussion of transformative pastoral theology and practice.

Boundless Love

4 Along with Wiesenthal's The Sunflower, Miroslav Volf s Exclusion and Embrace
is recognized as one of the seminal works on reconciliation. In his book, Volf
recognizes the parable of the Prodigal Son as being, ". . . the profound and ...

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Author: Joel W. Huffstetler

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 0761840915

Category: Religion

Page: 76

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Boundless Love provides a detailed survey of the scholarship on Luke 15:11-32, the parable of the Prodigal Son--arguably the best loved and most familiar of Jesus' parables. Readers will find key insights regarding the teachings of the parable from leading experts on the Gospels including William Barclay, Kenneth Bailey, Fred Craddock, Luke Timothy Johnson, Henri Nouwen, Pheme Perkins, and N.T. Wright. Part I of this volume offers students of the Bible a firm grasp on the scholarly consensus regarding the parable's historical, literary, and theological contexts, as well as its wide-ranging applicability in today's world. Part II focuses on the exploration of the parable's potential contributions in discussions of reconciliation and draws on the insights of authors such as Annie Dillard, Sam Keen, Desmond Tutu, and Miroslav Volf. Boundless Love is thoroughly accessible and will appeal to both general readers and specialists.

Isaiah and Imperial Context

For me, the most significant recent example of this is Miroslav Volf's Exclusion
and Embrace. out of his wrenching experience of war and genocide in the
Balkans, he writes that “it takes the quiet of a suburban home for the birth of the
thesis that ...

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Author: Andrew T. Abernethy

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781621899426

Category: Religion

Page: 262

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Interpreting Isaiah requires attention to empire. The matrix of the book of Isaiah was the imperial contexts of Assyria, Babylon, and Persia. The community of faith in these eras needed a prophetic vision for life. Not only is the book of Isaiah crafted in light of empire, but current readers cannot help but approach Isaiah in light of imperial realities today. As a neglected area of research, Isaiah and Imperial Context probes how empire can illumine Isaiah through essays that utilize archaeology, history, literary approaches, post-colonialism, and feminism within the various sections of Isaiah. The contributors are Andrew T. Abernethy, Mark G. Brett, Tim Bulkeley, John Goldingay, Christopher B. Hays, Joy Hooker, Malcolm Mac MacDonald, Judith E. McKinlay, Tim Meadowcroft, Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer, and David Ussishkin.

Restorative Christ

... of reconciliation though the image of embrace, is central in Miroslav Volf's
Exclusion and Embrace.26 Volf's interpretation of the parable as a “drama of
embrace” describes the multiple breaches that were precipitated by the son's
request.

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Author: Geoff Broughton

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781630877484

Category: Religion

Page: 204

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The conviction that Jesus is the restorative Christ demands a commitment to the justice he articulated. The justice of the restorative Christ is justice with reconciliation, justice with repentance, justice with repair, and justice without retaliation. The Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts portray the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ through the radical concept of "enemy-love." In conversation with Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Jesus-for-others), John Howard Yoder (a nonviolent Jesus), Miroslav Volf (an embracing Jesus), and Chris Marshall (a compassionate Jesus), Broughton demonstrates what the restorative Christ means for us today. Following the restorative Christ faithfully involves imaginative disciplines (seeing, remembering, and desiring), conversational disciplines (naming, questioning, and forgiving), and embodied disciplines (absorbing, repairing, and embracing).

Christianity Tolerance and Pluralism

... A Spacious Heart: Essays on Identity and Belonging (Harrisburg PA: Trinity
Press International, 1997) and his own Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological
Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation (Nashville TN: Abingdon
Press, ...

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Author: Michael Jinkins

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134332250

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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This book provides a sustained, critical and theological engagement with arguably the most crucial aspect of contemporary society - its diversity. The author finds in the social theory of Isaiah Berlin a number of fruitful ways to reframe the debate over these questions, and to contribute to a more positive conversation regarding our fundamental differences. The book focuses particularly on Berlin's critique of monism and idealistic utopianism, arguing that pluralism does not represent a failure in the nature of human society, but a superabundance of possibilities in a created world grounded in the character of God. Bringing Berlin's thought into conversation with other social theorists, philosophers and Christian theologians, the book provides leaders and members of faith communities with a viable model to move beyond tolerance as mere forbearance to a grace which consists of respect and radical acceptance of others.

Reconciliation

Reconnecting love, power and justice Following on from his fine study of
reconciliation in Exclusion and Embrace, Miroslav Volf developed some of his
ideas in a later article in which he criticized the Kairos Document, as well as
myself by ...

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Author: John W. De Gruchy

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 1451411618

Category: Religion

Page: 255

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Whether born in the Mideast, Africa, Asia, or brought home to the streets of America, violent hatreds often threaten to swamp the minimal cooperation needed to foster life and health. Does Christianity have anything besides warmed-over pieties to offer a world torn by estrangement, alienation, and violently opposed worldviews? In this signal contribution to public theology, John de Gruchy, an internationally esteemed political theologian, emphatically affirms the possibility and necessity of reconciliation. For Christians, he says, reconciliation is the center and perennial test of their faith. De Gruchy expands reconciliation's relevance beyond personal piety and ecclesial harmony to encompass group relations, politics, and even the environment. In all cases, he argues, it involves the restoration of justice. Forged in the recent experience of South Africa, his work delineates the political and ecclesial significance of reconciliation and shows its importance for interreligious relations, addressing victimization, and international peace. Reconciliation will be welcomed by all whose faith leads them to help alleviate the world's mounting agonies.

Toward an African Theology of Fraternal Solidarity

As Miroslav Volf argues in Exclusion and Embrace, no one can be in the
presence of the god of the crucified Messiah for long without overcoming the
double exclusion of the enemy and of oneself; that is, without transposing the
enemy from ...

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Author: Ikenna U. Okafor

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781630875275

Category: Religion

Page: 236

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In this book, Ikenna Okafor tackles an interesting and timely topic and demonstrates competence and maturity in developing his insight into Igbo humanism--to make liberation theology from an African perspective into a theology of solidarity and fraternity. With a good narrative style, Okafor critiques the Latin American liberation theological project. And inspired by the hermeneutical implications of "UBE NAWANNE," the evangelical positioning of material poverty and pathos for the poor as defining Christian discipleship is persuasively presented. The potent nwanne idiom guides his critical evaluation of the social teachings and praxis of the Catholic Church. In fact, it is clear that Okafor embarked on a subject matter that is of theological moment and has creative pastoral implications for the Church of Nigeria, the Churches of Africa, and the World Church.

The Last Segregated Hour

... exclusion until unwelcoming churches were forced to acknowledge the
theological bankruptcy of their racial isolation. ... single aspect of your Southern
Way of Life is under attack.18 Ecclesiastical spectacles of exclusion and embrace
were ...

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Author: Stephen R. Haynes

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199911011

Category: History

Page: 336

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On Palm Sunday 1964, at the Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, a group of black and white students began a "kneel-in" to protest the church's policy of segregation, a protest that would continue in one form or another for more than a year and eventually force the church to open its doors to black worshippers. In The Last Segregated Hour, Stephen Haynes tells the story of this dramatic yet little studied tactic which was the strategy of choice for bringing attention to segregationist policies in Southern churches. "Kneel-ins" involved surprise visits to targeted churches, usually during Easter season, and often resulted in physical standoffs with resistant church people. The spectacle of kneeling worshippers barred from entering churches made for a powerful image that invited both local and national media attention. The Memphis kneel-ins of 1964-65 were unique in that the protesters included white students from the local Presbyterian college (Southwestern, now Rhodes). And because the protesting students presented themselves in groups that were "mixed" by race and gender, white church members saw the visitations as a hostile provocation and responded with unprecedented efforts to end them. But when Church officials pressured Southwestern president Peyton Rhodes to "call off" his students or risk financial reprisals, he responded that "Southwestern is not for sale." Drawing on a wide range of sources, including extensive interviews with the students who led the kneel-ins, Haynes tells an inspiring story that will appeal not only to scholars of religion and history, but also to pastors and church people concerned about fostering racially diverse congregations.

Essays from the Margins

... in a powerful and imperial nation, like the United states of america, its citizens
welcome and embrace the immigrant, ... other Western nations with an
embracing, exclusion-rejecting, perspective of the stranger, the alien, the “other,”
43 one.

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Author: Luis N. Rivera-Pagán

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781630876753

Category: Religion

Page: 162

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These essays emerge from different crucial and complex conflicts: from the memory of a bishop, Bartolome de las Casas, urging the pope of his time to cleanse the church of complicity with violence, oppression, and slavery; from the lament and defiance of so many Middle Eastern women, victims of male domination and too many wars; from the voices bursting out from the colonial margins that dare to question and transgress the norms and laws imposed by colonizers and conquerors; from the emerging and diverse theological disruptions of traditional orthodoxies and rigid dogmatisms; from the denial of human rights to immigrant communities, living in the shadows of opulent societies; from the use of the sacred Hebrew Scriptures to displace and dispossess the indigenous peoples of Palestine. The essays belong to different intellectual genres and conceptual crossroads and are thus illustrative of the dialogic imagination that the Russian intellectual Mikhail Bakhtin considered basic to any serious intellectual enterprise. They are also the literary sediment of years of sharing lectures, dialogues, and debates in several academic institutions in the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Malaysia, Switzerland, Germany, and Palestine.

Peace and Discipleship Sermons by EMCers 2014

In his book Exclusion and Embrace he tackles this problem directly. He wrote it
as a means to grapple with a difficult question: “How does one remain loyal both
to the demands of the oppressed for justice and the gift of forgiveness that the ...

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Author: Chris Hughes

Publisher: Evangelical Mennonite Conference

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 121

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Why publish a booklet on peace and discipleship sermons? Discipleship is a major emphasis in Scripture; within that, peace appears to be a key, but sometimes neglected, teaching in pulpit ministry.

Too Heavy a Yoke

... the relationship between selfhood and self-giving, and thus is a good starting
point for helping StrongBlackWomen to develop and maintain healthy self-
identities. In Exclusion and Embrace, Miroslav Volf draws upon the image ...

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Author: Chanequa Walker-Barnes

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781630871925

Category: Religion

Page: 232

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Black women are strong. At least that's what everyone says and how they are constantly depicted. But what, exactly, does this strength entail? And what price do Black women pay for it? In this book, the author, a psychologist and pastoral theologian, examines the burdensome yoke that the ideology of the Strong Black Woman places upon African American women. She demonstrates how the three core features of the ideology--emotional strength, caregiving, and independence--constrain the lives of African American women and predispose them to physical and emotional health problems, including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and anxiety. She traces the historical, social, and theological influences that resulted in the evolution and maintenance of the Strong Black Woman, including the Christian church, R & B and hip-hop artists, and popular television and film. Drawing upon womanist pastoral theology and twelve-step philosophy, she calls upon pastoral caregivers to aid in the healing of African American women's identities and crafts a twelve-step program for Strong Black Women in recovery.

Identity in Community

Miroslav Volf's book, Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of
Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation, will lay a foundation for the establishment
of a framework for the dialogue exercise. The choice of Miroslav Volf is not
without ...

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Author: Paul Kwong

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 9783643900784

Category: Religion

Page: 265

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The term ContactZone was coined in postcolonial discourse to signify the place where cultures and religions meet. It implies that first contact, cultural-religious exchange and conflict have always been determined by power-relations. Through making use of communication theories, hermeneutics and aesthetics intercultural theology generates new terminologies and theoretical tools to explore these interactions. Its scope ranges from issues such as dialogue and syncretism to fundamentalism and ethnicity. Perspectives of culture, religion, race, class and gender alike are involved in the necessary multi-axial approach. ContactZone is going to create a space where a choir of multiple voices is responding to the challenges of the cultural religious pluralism of the 21st century. Archbishop Paul Kwong (* 1950) develops the idea of "identity in community" as central to the mission and theological agenda of Christians in Hong Kong. In a wide-ranging multidisciplinary study, he analyzes diverse perspectives on the territory's recent history and compares the methodological approaches of local theologians with contextual theologies from other parts of the world. He argues that the overlapping cultural and religious identities of Christians in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China can empower Hong Kong people to embrace rather than to exclude differences and otherness, so that they can accept and live out our their identities in community without having to make a choice for one among the many.