Exclusion & Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation

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Abingdon Press, Mar 1, 2010 - Religion - 336 pages
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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.
 

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User Review  - StephenBarkley - LibraryThing

"Then Jesus said, 'Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.' And they cast lots to divide his clothing" (Luke 23:34 NRSV). We all know that we should forgive each other. We even ... Read full review

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User Review  - lgaikwad - LibraryThing

Volf explores how it may be possible to embrace our enemy, speaking into the hatred, violence, and exclusion in the world today. His exploration arose out of the suffering of his people in the Balkans ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
Part
Chapter II
Chapter III
Chapter IV
Chapter V
Chapter VI
Chapter VII
Bibliography
Index
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Miroslav Volf, is Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale University Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut. A native Croatian, he writes out of his own firsthand experience of teaching in Croatia during the war in former Yugoslavia. Professor Volf won the 2002 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion for his book, Exclusion & Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation (Abingdon, 1996).

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