Charred root of meaning: Rupture and continuity in christian tradition

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Until very recently, the theological literature approached tradition almost exclusively as a phenomenon of continuity. But tradition involves several forms of rupture, both in its beginning and in its development. This paper distinguishes four: irruption (of the divine), forgetting, ‘destruction’ (together with retrieval/repetition), and exclusion. The argument draws on philosophers such as Martin Heidegger, Michel Foucault, and Jean-Luc Marion, but it is scripturally rooted and finds confirmation in Christian authors like Denys the Carthusian, Martin Luther, and Henri de Lubac.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-21
Number of pages19
JournalIrish Theological Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2019

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  • Foolishness of the Cross
  • Incident at Antioch
  • Mount Sinai
  • Mystical body
  • Tradition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies


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