Saturday, October 16, 2010

God as the limit of human's evaluation enterprise

"Christians have, at least in principle, always resisted the reduction of "value" (what is esteemed or assigned worth) to one system of reference (e.g. money), simply because at least one value precedes all systemic relations, specifically, the unnameable, holy God. God is simply and always "outside" social systems of valuation and spheres of sovereignty; God is, in the root sense of the word, "Holy." [...]

"The central Christian conviction is that all reality exists in relation to God as creator, redeemer, and sustainer and, in light of this fact, bears inviolable worth. This is most pointedly stated in the confession that God became incarnate in an embodied individual, and, additionally, that Christ's spirit is communicated ecumenically in and through the life of the Christian community and its practices. Furthermore, the divine is never translatable into our system of signs, and morally speaking, this means that human worth, grounded in a relation to God, cannot be commodified or measured within the discourse of any social sphere."
(William Schweiker, "Responsibility in the World of Mammon," in God and Globalization: Religion and the Powers of the Common Life, ed. Max L. Stackhouse and Peter J. Paris [USA: Trinity Press International, 2000], 128, 132.)

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