Jean- Yves Lacoste: A God of Liturgy and Parousia

Christina M. Gschwandtner

in Postmodern Apologetics?

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780823242740
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823242788 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy (FUP)

Jean- Yves Lacoste: A God of Liturgy and Parousia

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Jean-Yves Lacoste’s phenomenology of liturgy is the subject of Chapter 8. Closely following and at times vigorously criticizing Heidegger’s philosophy, Lacoste has developed a phenomenological analysis of prayer and liturgy as our “being-before-God,” which he suggests goes beyond Heidegger’s “being-in-the-world.” He also attempts a recovery of “presence” as a useful phenomenological term by focusing on the mystery of the Eucharist. For him, liturgical experience and presence are always also closely linked to the expectation of the parousia. Like Chrétien, Lacoste is very interested in phenomenologies of prayer and of the body. He also emphasizes the communal aspect of religious faith far more than some of the other thinkers.

Keywords: Lacoste; liturgy; being-before-God; parousia; presence

Chapter.  9702 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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