The scriptural inversion of e pluribus unum

While one does not want the WORLD to assign to people invariant identities and groups, God Himself actually does assign people to different human groups and different roles to those groups and so one who is truly following God cannot ignore that. We are asked to seek God’s will for our identities and to associate and develop the groups of which we are a part, albeit in concert and harmony with each other. Scripture is all about nations, ethnic groups, families, and other social assemblies and their identities and relationships so our value cannot be completely abstracted from those things. I think sometimes we try to commingle Eruocentric philosophical universalism and humanism with theology. In seeking moral value for all human beings we are falsely taught that we must buy into some kind of we’re all the same formless identity ideology. That’s not true and not scriptural. God not only assigns people to groups, but He also assigned lands to each of those groups and called them by name, and even designated one section of the population to act as His priests and stewards for the proper relationship between them.So God’s realm is not one without identity and groups. We simply should not replace God’s designations with those of the Eurocentric world.

“If the people (a particular people) who are called by my name will turn from their (subset of humanity) wicked ways then I will hear from heaven and heal their land (particular land).” The scriptural tradition finds universalism in particularism rather than particularism in universalism as in Eurocentric philosophy.

We are the same in our difference. The inversion of the E pluribus unum,, the Eurocentric assimilationist ethic, our of the many one. In the scriptural tradition it is out of the one, one God, one man come the many. Our similarity is not in our becoming one humanity, but in our having come from one.


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