Culture’s Bondswoman

From Mercy A. Oduyoye’s Daughters of Anowa: African Women and Patriarchy (1995), I want to focus on Chapter 4 entitled “Culture’s Bondswoman.” What struck me as particularly interesting about this chapter is the sense that African women share a relationship with culture, a relationship where they become, in effect, culture’s bondswoman. More importantly, if following Oduyoye’s … Continue reading Culture’s Bondswoman

Spiritual Appropriation as Sexual Violence

In Chapter 6 of Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide (2005), which is entitled “Spiritual Appropriation as Sexual Violence,” Smith makes the following assertion: “sexual violence…suggests that the violation of [physical and psychic] boundaries operates not on the physical but on the spiritual and psychic levels as well.” Here, this becomes very important to … Continue reading Spiritual Appropriation as Sexual Violence

Deception and Truth

In light of continuing to discuss Miroslav Volf’s Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation (1996), I wanted to focus particularly on Chapter 6’s discussion on “deception” and “truth.” In my previous post, I made an important connection between Chapter 4-6 and the syllabus’s title of “Problematik of Otherness: An Unwanted Relative?” … Continue reading Deception and Truth

The Problematik of Otherness

In reading chapters 4-6 of Mirsolav Volf’s Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation (1996), I wanted to make a particularly important connection to what can be described as “the problematik of Otherness." In my view, the “problematik” of otherness is that otherness cannot always be quantified, or even objectified. In … Continue reading The Problematik of Otherness

The Cross, the Self, and the Other as Distancing and Belonging

There are two concepts from Miroslaw Volf’s Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation (1996) that I found particularly interesting, inextricably linked, and worthy of nuance: (1.) the cross, the self, and the other, and (2.) distancing and belonging. What runs beneath the two concepts is existence, or “being” –what it means … Continue reading The Cross, the Self, and the Other as Distancing and Belonging

Reinhold Niebuhr: On Democratic Civilization

From Chapter 4 of Reinhold Niebuhr’s The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness (1944), I want to focus particularly on Niebuhr’s discussion of a democratic civilization, and what “democratic” means. For Niebuhr, the task of a civilization that is decidedly “democratic” should be: [...] to integrate the life of its various subordinate, ethnic, religious … Continue reading Reinhold Niebuhr: On Democratic Civilization