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Hosting the Stranger and the Pilgrim

Graham Ward

in Saintly Influence

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230877
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235612 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823230877.003.0005

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Hosting the Stranger and the Pilgrim

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This chapter takes up the question of whether Christian theology can acknowledge alterity without becoming less theological. Rhetorically oscillating between the concrete and the spiritual, it argues that a Levinasian hospitality can succeed only on the basis of a theological reality and not on the basis of a certain economic reality — “no face can be approached with empty hands.” It argues that inviting another into one's dwelling has dealing with God as its necessary condition.

Keywords: Edith Wyschogrod; Christian theology; alterity; Levinasian hospitality; God

Chapter.  8650 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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