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Philosophy and Theology

Volume 16, Issue 2, 2004

Bruce Ellis Benson
Pages 217-228

The “Thinking-After” of Metanoia
On Breton’s The Word and the Cross

Although Breton barely mentions the term “metanoia,” it well describes the radical change that takes place for anyone who adopts the logic of the cross. In effect, that logic results in a self that is radically de-centered. Moreover, to embrace that logic is to give up the demand for both reasons and signs. Arguing for a radical conception of kenosis, Breton insists that it is a true emptying that remains powerless and senseless in light of any worldly logos and, as such, can only appear to be folly. Thus, the fool for Christ is truly a fool.

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