Responsibility, God and Society. Theological Ethics in Dialogue. Festschrift Roger Burggraeve pages:25-48
Responsibility, God and Society. Theological Ethics in Dialogue location:Leuven date:7-10 May 2008
The surdetermined story of Abraham can presently not be read anymore without Kierkegaard’s interpretation. His Abraham has raised a lot of reactions. According to some the story is the strongest expression of faith, whereas others have it that it is a fundamentalist text which destroys the ethical order. Moreover, Moriah, Golgotha and the Temple Mount are at the geopolitical junction in Jerusalem where generations of sons and daughters are sacrificed on behalf of religions with common roots. Genesis 22 is then a stumbling-block in the cycle of stories about the father of faith.
The story is read from the perspective of Kierkegaard and Derrida. Kafka however inverts the meaning of the story. This inversion opens up space for a alternative and innovative reading starting from the end of the story, namely the hospitality represented in the intervention of the angel, towards the beginning. In this perspective, the sacrifice seems to be the skandalon of a certain kind of ethics.