Epilogue: Naming the gift, Giving a Name, Rethinking God as Gift

Robyn Horner

in Rethinking God as Gift

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780823221219
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235599 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Epilogue: Naming the gift, Giving a Name, Rethinking God as             Gift

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This chapter reviews the main theological question raised in this study: how is it possible to speak of God as gift? Throughout the book, the discussion refers to the debate that took place between Marion and Derrida at Villanova in 1997. The text of the debate shows not only the confrontation over the nature of phenomenology and the question of the gift, but also over the question of negative theology. The chapter argues that the question of God and the question of the gift come from the same aporetic space, that it is not only possible to think of God as gift, but highly appropriate to do so. It concludes that people owe God nothing, that God's gift is really free.

Keywords: God's gift; Marion; Derrida; Villanova; negative theology; gift

Chapter.  2925 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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