Postlude on Christology and Race

J. Kameron Carter

in Race

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780195152791
Published online September 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199870578 | DOI:
Postlude on Christology and Race

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The vision of Maximus the Confessor, a 7th‐century monk‐theologian, is an unexpected resource, the chapter argues, for reconceiving the very task of theology given its tyrannical performance inside of whiteness. At the heart of Maximus's Christology is an exegetical practice that reads scripture against rather than with the grain of the social order, and an ethical practice that refuses self‐love or the logic of possession and ownership, which is central to the colonialist orientation of modernity's racial imagination of whiteness. This orientation of a theological ethics of dispossession (to speak in Maximian terms) is what makes Israel a nonracial people (to speak in contemporary terms). Understanding the person and work of Jesus as triangulated between Abraham, Moses, and the Prophets, Maximus's Christology roots itself in the covenantal‐nonracial story of Jewish existence. Maximus's Christological argument, which is an anticolonialist argument, therefore fittingly culminates this book's argument.

Keywords: Maximus the Confessor; Jewish; Israel; racial imagination; whiteness; dispossession; Christology; colonialist; race; anticolonialist

Chapter.  13375 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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