Chapter 1. Our Time in Vietnam

  1. Jonathan Tran

Published Online: 8 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324129.ch1

The Vietnam War and Theologies of Memory: Time and Eternity in the Far Country

The Vietnam War and Theologies of Memory: Time and Eternity in the Far Country

How to Cite

Tran, J. (2010) Our Time in Vietnam, in The Vietnam War and Theologies of Memory: Time and Eternity in the Far Country, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324129.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405183208

Online ISBN: 9781444324129

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Keywords:

  • time and its discontents;
  • our time in Vietnam - early history of Vietnam War through the lens of God's self-giving;
  • Balthasar's theological drama - metaphysical interplay between time and eternity, God's relationship to creation as a historical performance;
  • “The Divine Kenosis and Being- Toward-Death” - “primal drama” of divine kenosis;
  • Balthasar's drama - death, an inexorable feature of creaturely being;
  • entry of God-man into “our” time and death - intensifying and revealing divinity within boundaries of createdness;
  • Geneva Conference set in place - stability between Viet Minh in north and state of South Vietnam;
  • domino theory, specifically in relation to Vietnam - the National Security Agency in 1950;
  • domino theory insatiating humanity's tragic condition;
  • “When Time Is Nothing but Speed” - idolatry of progress and succession of violence, Balthasar proclaiming Christ's salvation

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Divine Kenosis and Being-Toward-Death

  • “Our Time” in Vietnam

  • “When Time Is Nothing but Speed”