Reconceiving “Relation”

Daniel K. Finn

in The Moral Dynamics of Economic Life

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199858354
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949472 | DOI:
Reconceiving “Relation”

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Because of the relational character of our Trinitarian God, Christians are continually challenged to conceive better of and embody more thoroughly the relatedness of persons that God’s call has insisted upon from biblical times to the present. Pope Benedict’s Caritas in veritate distinguishes itself in the eloquence of its call for rethinking our understanding of “relation,” not simply in our interpersonal lives but within economic life and structures. Particularly important here is careful attention to the theological understanding of relation and in particular of receptivity, as essential to relationships of integrity, which are too often idealistically described as acts of giving only. In trying to bring about social change informed by these basic features of relationships, an understanding of the role of culture in forming the context for relation is critical. This chapter presents the following essays: Theological Foundations of Human Relation by Miguel H. Diaz, Resources for Receptivity to a Transcendent Vocation by Amelia J. Uelmen, and Culture as the Locus for Economic Relation by Mary L. Hirschfeld.

Keywords: Caritas in veritate; Pope Benedict XVI; economic life; culture; human relation; vocation

Chapter.  3790 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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