The Native Tourist
reformed/biblical observations on Christianity and culture
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Love and Law
In biblical thinking - and the application of the scriptures to culture - the moral law and love are not at odds, even thought they are repeatedly portrayed as opposites (at best) or mortal enemies (at worst).
We need to live by the "law of love" it is often said. But what is love? Without the moral law how do we know what a loving act is?
Consider this passage from a recent remembrance of the late Jacques Derrida, from Books and Culture:
But this is a picture of Derrida and deconstruction that one could maintain only by failing to read him. For in the end—or better, from the beginning—deconstruction is a work of love. Far from being a mere "method" for critique, Derrida was at pains to demonstrate the essentially productive aspect of deconstruction. "It is not negative," he once commented, "For me, it always accompanies an affirmative exigency. I would even say that it never proceeds without love."
Is it really loving to disregard or cast aspersion on authorial intent or lead reading into radical skepticism?
Self delusion runs deep.
Which is why we need a law to guide us.