In "Balthasar, Globalization, and the Problem of the One and the Many," William T. Cavanaugh sets forth a theological reading of globalization as an attempt to resolve the problem of the one and the many through an "aesthetics"--a "way of configuring space"--that "abstracts human relations . . . from their concrete embodiment in the local and the particular." Balthasar’s centering of the one-many relation on the concrete universality of Christ, Cavanaugh argues, points us towards an alternative aesthetics (and dramatics) in which the particular is given its particularity precisely by its incorporation into the universal," the eucharistic body of Christ. "The Christian," then, "is not called to replace one universal system with another, but to attempt to ‘realize’ the universal body of Christ in every particular exchange."
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