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Bearing Reality: A Christian Meditation


In this essay I draw on the work of novelist J. M. Coetzee and philosophers Cora Diamond, Stanley Cavell, and Stephen Mulhall to reflect on what it might mean to do Christian ethics without denying the “difficulty of reality.” I then turn to John Howard Yoder’s 1987 SCE presidential address to show how his call to see history doxologically enables the Christian to acknowledge the “difficulty of reality” without succumbing to despair. To acknowledge humanity’s limitations without falling into despair or hopeless skepticism is only possible because the community founded on the crucified and risen Lord means we never bear reality alone.