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Christian Identity In An Age Of Difference

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This chapter briefly outlines the deconstruction of identity that has taken place in what has become known as post-modernity. A functional approach to one's existence emphasizes that all are relational beings, and that language and self-conceptions are formed in response to the events from the surrounding world that draws one's attention. A simple exchange of emphasis from identity to difference is not very helpful. For a self who is struggling to establish its identity, the existence of an other is disturbing. The rise of modern technology has greatly increased the imperialistic powers of the subject in its quest to establish its identity. The word 'deixis' carries the meaning of making known by showing or pointing. The Bible, as the scriptural revelation of God, knows the identity of the people of God to be a relational identity. Christians find their identity in following the call of God in Christ.

Keywords: Christ; Christian identity; deixis; difference; God



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