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5. Our Image Of 'Others' And Our Own Identity

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The Christian search for truth has taken place in a continuous dialectic curve of institutionalization and charismatic structuring, of catholicity and individuality, of the establishment of norms and the infringement of the law, of the axioms of religion preserved and passed on by teachers and of individually found truth through revelation. Proof of God's existence which previously could not be represented in solid form now seemed to be possible on the superficial level of depictions. That is why the making of such pictures of he others was both self-assuring and self-identifiable. Therefore, too, the religious and social levels were in this case not separable: they were mutually related to each other. To recognize this inextricably interwoven network may be the first step to break free from the dire consequences of these particular portrayals of the other.

Keywords: Christian; God's existence; revelation



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