Prayer as Kenosis

James R. Mensch

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 Kenosis

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This chapter argues that when prayer is understood as a form of petition it complicates people with so-called mimetic violence. It suggests that people should consider prayer as the attempt to make room for the sacred. And in order to make that room, the one praying should practice self-emptying, so that the sacred can incarnate itself in our bodily being and behavior. This chapter explains that in this work of kenosis, Jesus will serve as a paradigm and that by assuming full responsibility, mimetic can be undone.

Keywords: prayer; petition; mimetic violence; self-emptying; Jesus

Chapter.  4185 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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