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Promises Of Advent: North And South

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Kearney's critical target in this piece is the metaphysical and scholastic concept of God as self-subsisting act, self-causing cause, one who holds the totality of power. Kearney goes on to explore some of the key features of this enabling God, as it reveals itself to us poetically, by engaging in an exercise of &t;imaginative variation&t; that traverses what he calls &t;three concentric hermeneutic circles&t; scriptural, testimonial, and literary. Kearney's investigation of the posse becomes amplified from an initial focus on biblical texts, to confessional testimonies of the divine posse experienced in the everyday, to poetic texts that extend the range of reference beyond theism or atheism to entertain an unlimited variety of epiphanic experiences. What Father Gutirrez's theology highlights is the urgent socio-political dimension of our response to the annunciation and promise of the Gospels, our response to God's plea for compassionate action, and our help in redeeming this world.

Keywords: God; hermeneutic circles; Kearney; metaphysical; North; Promises Of Advent; scholastic concept; scriptural; South; testimonial literary



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