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According to Miroslav Volf, today's primary sin is the rejection of "otherness"—reacting in fear and anger to any who are not within one's ever-narrowing circle. Using the New Testament metaphor of salvation as reconciliation, he proposes the idea of opening up to those who are "different" and enfolding them in God's costly, all-inclusive love.
|Title: Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation - updated|
By: Miroslav Volf
Number of Pages: 407
Vendor: Abingdon Press
|Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)|
Weight: 1 pound 2 ounces
Stock No: WW861079
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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.