Difference exists — a stone is not a loaf of bread. Is part of Jesus' objection to turning stones into bread, when hungry in the wilderness, precisely an acknowledgement that stones too have their rights? There seems in all of us to be an enormous resistance to the idea that a thing can simply be different from another thing (usually with myself as the normative thing and divergence from that as abnormal) without becoming better or worse. Yet the scandal of particularity, the fact of the Incarnation, holds up difference, specificity, as desirable.

Sara Maitland in A Big-Enough God