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Fall 2014


This article develops the concept of Christ not as static body but as chrism for bodies. Christ as chrism travels in the matrix of relationality, on a vector toward the benefit of others. Conceptualizing christ as chrism potentially avoids both exclusionary and colonizing tendencies in Christian polity, and frames a Christian ethics that, while vulnerable and risky, marks the sanctity of the one giving Christ away.


This is the accepted version of the following article: Anna Mercedes. "Christ as Charism, Christ Given Away." Dialog: A Journal of Theology 53, 3 • Fall 2014 September. 233-239, which has been published in final form at DOI: 10.1111/dial.121