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A Missionary Ethic of Incarnation

“If we cannot transcend the vulnerability of belief by positing as accessible a nonparticular ‘natural,’ might we then celebrate confessionally that light and truth have taken on the vulnerability of the particular? That would then call for and empower a missionary ethic of incarnation.

“The Challenge will still remain to find ways to translate and to work at a reciprocal adjudication of the varieties both of perception and of evaluation, where one provincial vision clashes and overlaps with another. But the way to do that is not to imagine or proclaim or seek or discover some ‘neutral’ or ‘common’ or ‘higher’ ground, but to work realistically at every concrete experience of overlap and conflict.”

~ John Howard Yoder, “The Hermeneutics of Peoplehood,” 44.

One Comment

  1. erin wrote:

    Man, what a challenge. In the thick of such situations, besieged by all the the relational/personality dynamics, it is hard to have hope that the Spirit is at work and a shared understanding can even be forged.

    Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 11:26 am | Permalink

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