Morrison, G. J. (2001). ‘God Writes Straight with Crooked Lines’: Eros, agape and the witness of glory. An encounter between the philosophy of Emmanuel Lévinas and feminist liberation theology. Colloquium, 33 (1), 23-37.
In the encounter between Levinas’ ethical metaphysics and feminist liberation theology, there is a divide between eros and agape. Levinas takes a grave view of agape in terms of one’s human responsibility that must always come before one’s freedom and self-concern. In response to a feminist liberation theological perception of eros, the article will engage Levinas’ uncompromising proclamation of disinterested love. It is a “crooked road” one follows along the journey of disinterestedness. Yet, perhaps by the very service of love, the wisdom of love will leads us straight to hearing the word of God in the face of the Other.
Peer-reviewed, Levinas, Ethics, Feminist, Liberation Theology, Agape, Eros