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This project provides a theological justification for the inclusion of alternative genres in the theological discipline, utilizing Soren Kierkegaards notion of indirect communication. As Kierkegaard argues that Christianity is a lived religion andMoreThis project provides a theological justification for the inclusion of alternative genres in the theological discipline, utilizing Soren Kierkegaards notion of indirect communication. As Kierkegaard argues that Christianity is a lived religion and not primarily a set of doctrines to be cognitively affirmed, Toward an Inconclusive Theology argues that Christian theologys proper focus is reflection on revelation within the God-human relationship, and therefore human existence is a factor in the content. Moreover, as human life is always in process, Christian knowledge is never concluded and cannot adequately function within what I call totalizing systems. Thus, theology should also be articulated in ways that communicate this relationship and remain true to the nature of human life in this God-human relation that orients Christian knowledge. Kierkegaard argues for indirect forms of communication to express this need for encounter and appropriation because the relation cannot be communicated directly.-Within the Christian tradition, the writings of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, a nun from seventeenth century New Spain, provide exemplary and instructive direction for a contemporary theology mindful of the need for indirect communication. I maintain that the genres she employs---poetry, drama, and epistle---are especially appropriate for the communication of Christian knowledge based upon Kierkegaards pseudonymous project. Her work serves as a proposal for non-violent, open forms of theological discourse that do not impinge upon a persons freedom of thought and do not use coercive rhetoric, thus presenting theological ideas in a way that respects others cognitive freedom, inviting both subjective appropriation and inter-subjective dialogue.-Theologys reflection, then, can be understood anew as a theology within the limits of the inconclusive, a theology that foregrounds such vital genres as poetry, drama, epistle and rigorous reflection on them as indirect forms of theological communication of the God-human relation.