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Prayer: Addressing the Name

Karmen Mackendrick

in Divine Enticement

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780823242894
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823242931 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823242894.003.0005
Prayer: Addressing the Name

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This chapter picks up on the sense of call and response central to ethics to consider prayer as a mode of address, but one with several unusual characteristics. Its addressee is strange both in number and in kind. The caller and the respondent cannot always quite be distinguished. The divine addressee is not a being, but the very drawing of address—which of course renders "address" very odd. So speaking is strange both in its content, which may include the echoed speech of others, and in its structure, which does not distinguish speaker and listener so clearly as we are used to seeing. The chapter begins with questions of address and goes on to consider prayer as praise, petition, and lament. Each reveals to us both the mutuality and the enticement of prayerful speech. This speech is closely linked to the strangeness of divine naming as emphasizing invocation over designation.

Keywords: Prayer; Praise; Lamentation; Addressing; Jean-Louis Chrétien

Chapter.  11610 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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