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Yet their relevance reemerges when McGrath suggests that the key to ecumenical rapprochement is the recognition that certain doctrines have functioned historically as "social demarcators between ecclesial traditions" (p.
If "culture" and its contents are understood to be socially constructed demarcators, then not only "cultured" minorities, but the "culture-free" majority must be understood as an inconstant identity which is constructed rather than found.
Culture" is to be understood as a relational demarcator whose usage is an inscription of differential positions and hierarchical identities--a tractable device which can be used to demarcate whatever a particular set of interests dictates should be set apart from something else; included or excluded from the rest.