Thursday, June 22, 2006


The separation between God and humanity that is most obviously seen in bondage to sin is not only a separation from God. It is also, and most completely, a separation for liberation. The self then is related to God, a God who exceeds the ontology of either neo-Platonism or of Heidegger in two ways. A polyphony of possible selves follow from the polyphony of biblical genres. The self mirrored in scripture is not general self, but one particular self in a plurality of possible selves. The impossible of a general self is confirmed by the "deferred unity that corresponds to the unnamable Name."*1*
*1*{Ricoeur, 1997, The whole and divided self, viii, 251 p}, p. 213.

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