Ethnicity, Social Identity, and the Transposable Body of Christ

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This essay attends to the relationship between our ethnic, social, and cultural identities, and the creation of the new communal identity embodied in the Christian community. Drawing upon six New Testament texts – Ephesians 2:11–22; Galatians 3:27–28; 1 Corinthians 7:17–24 and 10:17; 1 Peter 2:9–11; and Revelation 21:24–26 – it is argued that the creation of a new and prime identity in Christ does not abrogate other creaturely identities, even as it calls for the removal of such as boundary markers. Catholicity, in other words, is intrinsically related to the most radical particularity, and demands an ongoing work of discernment and of judgement vis-à-vis the gospel itself. Those baptized into Christ are now to live in the reality of Christ who is both the boundary and center of their existence, a boundary which includes all humanity in its cultural, ethnic, gendered, social and historical particularities.

本文关注的是种族、社会及文化身份与具体化的基督教新群体身份的创造之间的关系。从新约里的六段经文里 – 弗2:11–22; 加3:27–28; 林前7:17–24; 10:17; 彼前2:9–11; 启21:24–26 – 本文辩称在基督里新造的身份,即使会抹去其存在的边界线,但并不废除其被造身份的特殊性。换句话说,大公教会本质上与最根本的个体性有关,需要透过福音本身作出持续不断的辨明与判断。那些在基督里受洗了的,现在活在他们存在的边界和中心,这边界包括了所有带着文化、种族、性别、社会及历史个体性的人类。

Este ensayo se ocupa de la relación entre nuestras identidades étnicas, sociales y culturales y la creación de una nueva identidad comunal encarnada en la comunidad cristiana. Basado en seis pasajes del Nuevo Testamento: Efesios 2: 11–22; Gálatas 3: 27–28; 1 Corintios 7: 17–24 y 10:17; 1 Pedro 2: 9–11 y Apocalipsis 21: 24–26 se argumenta que la creación de una identidad nueva y principal en Cristo no anula otras identidades del ser humano, aún cuando pide que se eliminen tales barreras. La catolicidad, en otras palabras, está intrínsecamente relacionada con la particularidad más radical, y exige un trabajo continuo de discernimiento y de juicio frente al evangelio mismo. Los bautizados en Cristo ahora deben vivir en la realidad de Cristo quien es a la vez el límite y el centro de sus existencias, un límite que incluye a toda la humanidad en sus particularidades culturales, étnicas, de género, sociales e históricas.

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Ethnicity, Social Identity, and the Transposable Body of Christ

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