Prayer as the Posture of the Decentered Self

Merold Westphal

in The Phenomenology of Prayer

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780823224951
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235797 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Prayer as the Posture of the Decentered Self

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This chapter suggests that the proper posture of prayer must a kenotic one in which people empty themselves before God. It explains that prayer is a profound decentering experience in which the self loses its preoccupation with itself and focuses instead on God. This results in constant learning how to pray. This chapter also discusses the assymetry found in me voici in the book of Samuel, the Magnificat prayer, and the prayer of Elvis.

Keywords: prayer posture; decentering; God; book of Samuel; Magnificat prayer; prayer of Elvis

Chapter.  8550 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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