The paper aims to show how Levinas’ philosophy opens up a style of thinking and suggests a vocabulary of expression that can serve Christian theology, especially by opening the possibility of a language of alterity, or radical “otherness”, in theology. At the very risk of falling into the language of onto-theology, the paper will make use of a number of Levinasian notions to enhance Hans Urs von Balthasar’s theological reading of John 20:19-23 and his analogy of the transcendentals. The sense of the non-phenomenality of Christ’s otherness will be pivotal to our inquiry and our hope to unite theological language and ethical transcendence together.
Morrison, G. J. (2008). The (im)possibilities of Levinas for Christian theology: The search for a language of alterity. In J. De Tavernier, J. A. Selling, J. Verstraeten, & P. Schotsmans (eds.), Responsibility, God and society: Theological ethics in dialogue: Festschrift Roger Burggraeve (pp. 103-122), Leuven: Peeters Publishing.