…hermeneutics nourishes respect as respect for the otherness of the Other…[citing Gadamer:] ‘It is the Other who breaks into my ego-centredness and gives me something to understand.’…interpreters conditioned by their own embeddeness in specific times, cultures, and theological or secular traditions need to listen, rather than seeking to ‘master’ the Other by netting it within their own prior system of concepts and categories. This premature assimilation of the Other into one’s own prior grooves of habituated thought constitutes the ‘control’ and advance commandeering that Gadamer calls ‘Method.’

– Anthony Thiselton, Promise, 133-34.

The Otherness of the Other

Patrick Schreiner

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I teach New Testament at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. I am married with three children. This blog, against all wisdom, includes anything I am interested in. That includes movies, music, theology, culture, hermeneutics, the Gospels, and politics. Feel free to comment and let me know you are reading or that you have found something helpful. I reserve the right to delete unhelpful or rude comments. Many of these posts are simply things I find interesting and therefore I am not asserting I agree with everything I link to.

One response to The Otherness of the Other

  1. I always enjoyed discussions about the otherness of the other. It has been discussed some, of course, but also applied to the Trinity by some Orthodox writers, I believe–how God has no need for the Other due to the other persons of the Trinity, he has the other within himself, or something.

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