Saturday, January 3, 2009

Transgression and the Limit

After the Kantian bifurcation of knowledge, the divine finds itself in exile. Indeed, God may be dead to objectivity, hiding in the crevasses of the soul. However, to meet God in contingency is to locate the divine in life processes, for societal construction of knowledge and truth dominates politics and religion alike. Meanings shift, signs flow, instability proves itself a constant. To venture past fixed or stable points is to expose their underlying impermanence.

Transgression, in ministry and in life, proudly proclaims: God refuses to exclusively belong to you or me, God refuses to be this or that, God won’t be pinned down!

Everything ebbs: the “interrogation of the limit replaces the search for totality” (Foucault in Preface to Transgression).

Beyond the threshold of normativity, in the dangerous shadow of freedom, the world’s meticulously constructed architecture of limitation breaks down. All that is left is the raw absence found in empty, archaic, ritualistic structures and the demanding intimacy of human relationship. You cannot love, or hate, the universe for long. Instantly, the limit returns to the horizon of the uncrossable.

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