- Series: Academic Paperback
- Paperback: 552 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury T&T Clark; 1 edition (August 23, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0567081885
- ISBN-13: 978-0567081889
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In Chapter 3 (Centrality and Sin) Pannenberg takes on the tension between Centrality (ego over the other)versus Exocentricity (self for others. He explains how the will (ego) divides between reflection which gives rise to Spirit versus experience which gives rise to both impulses and superego (conscience). So we can see that Pannenberg is integrating psychoanalytic terms with theology.
The self/other tension leading to sin (Pannenberg's summary of Plessner) includes the typical assumption of sin/evil being located in the breakdown of self versus others. He does well to home in on what the problem is, but there are still pejorative terms implied.
Pannenberg unveils the primary breakdown as located between the self and spirit, self and other. While we need to value self by awareness as distinct from others and develop our unity and uniqueness in individuation from others by distinction and assertion, the breaking point comes when we power over the other, as a means to an end in criticism and arrogance and thus violate our destiny of unity with and for others.
Our destiny is in being present to others as others, and through them, seeing ourself and being present to our self, our true identity as a person.