As someone who talks a lot about the incarnation, the enfleshment of God, and what that means for the role of the church and Christians in communities, I had never heard the word EXCARNATION. But, it makes sense. It’s sort of the de-fleshment of God or Christians in community, not living into communal life.
I found it in a post over at NextReformation, talking of a post-colonial theology of place:
The recovery of place has significance for more than the arts; it has rich missional significance. In fact, the recovery of missio Dei is directly related to a recovery of place. Without this way of seeing, the Incarnation becomes a doctrine that we embrace with our minds while refusing to know it in practice. Charles Taylor calls this “excarnation” in A Secular Age. Compare the words of Leanne Simpson, the First Nations academic: “Colonialism and capitalism are based on extracting and assimilating. My land is seen as a resource… The act of extraction removes all of the relationships that give whatever is being extracted meaning.” (interview with Canadian indigenous elder Leanne Simpson in YES magazine. “Dancing the World Into Being.” March 5, 2013.)
So, are we INCARNATED as a church? Or, are we suffering from EXCARNATION?