Thus the theocentricity
and anthropocentricity that C.
iv) The tension arising out of the accents on Christocentricity, Theocentricity
and Cosmocentricity in a theological reflection based on the specific contexts and experiences of those who are subjected to various forms of exclusion.
I have indicated previously that although Afrikan thinkers point to an anthropocentric ontology, we can also see an emphasis on theocentricity
. For it is acknowledged that all existence has its dependence on God, a view that is similar to personalism.
The heavenly song Gloria in excelsis Deo, heard on the night of the Nativity and chorused down the ages at Mass, provides a twofold criterion: theocentricity - "Glory to God in the highest" - as well as anthropocentricity - "Peace on earth to men of goodwill" - the latter being subordinate to the former.
Embracing both God and man in a context where God comes first, theocentricity resounds throughout the document.
Along the way to these (and other) key conclusions, Soding is attentive to several aspects of Paul's ethic that are sometimes overlooked or minimized--e.g., that it reflects the fundamental theocentricity
of Paul's thought, that the usual distinction between `general' and `specific' parenesis does not take account of the ways that even his more general appeals are appropriate to the contexts within which they occur, and that the apostle regards love as an imperative for Christians when dealing with outsiders as well as with one another.
To save the notion of a universal truth, and an ultimate transcendent reality of a broad kind, concepts of pantheism, universal mind or spirit, theocentricity
have been invented.
Theologians like Samartha will be contested and Klootwijk has in his evaluation provided space for some critical comments: "no sufficient distinctions," "too much relativism," "no understanding of the urgency of the missionary call," "undefined theocentricity
," "no understanding of the luminosity of the Incarnation," etc.
Augustinian unity and Augustinian theocentricity
remain unscathed because paradoxically the role of Christ becomes central.