foolishness of the Cross, incident at Antioch, Mount Sinai, mystical body, tradition
Until very recently, the theological literature approached tradition almost exclusively as a
phenomenon of continuity. But tradition involves several forms of rupture, both in its beginning and
in its development. This paper distinguishes four: irruption (of the divine), forgetting, ‘destruction’
(together with retrieval/repetition), and exclusion. The argument draws on philosophers such as
Martin Heidegger, Michel Foucault, and Jean-Luc Marion, but it is scripturally rooted and finds
confirmation in Christian authors like Denys the Carthusian, Martin Luther, and Henri de Lubac.