Rather than erecting a dualism between God and the world, or to say that God is “wholly other,” Desmond posits the “inseparability of God and the world,” taking his cue from St. Paul and the mystery of creation’s groaning (Rom. 8).

Desmond writes:

God may be the absolute other, but the absolute other is not absolutely other. This other is absolute, but just as absolute it is for the other of itself, and hence not absolute, in the sense of being purely for itself alone. This is the agapeic ecstasis of transcendence itself… Creation itself is…the very happening of the between. We cannot elevate the absolute other into an otherness that is just the absolutization of opposition. Were this the last word, we would have to pack our bags and shut up. I agree, a reverent silence may be needful, but we can only speak of the absolutely other, even as absolutely other, because in some mysterious sense that other is communicated. The real question is the character of the communication. 

~ William Desmond, God and the Between, 103

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