“Too Deep for Words”

B. Keith Putt

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

“Too Deep for Words”

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This chapter analyzes Saint Paul's cryptic remark regarding the Holy Spirit's intercession on behalf of God's people. It links Jacques Derrida's conception of the messianic prayer of the oui, oui to the coming of the Impossible with the impossibility of praying in Romans 8:26 by pointing out that the context of Romans 8 is itself the messianic. It also suggests that the Spirit prays on our behalf in a divine soliloquy in which God addresses Godself.

Keywords: Saint Paul; Holy Spirit; Jacques Derrida; messianic prayer; divine soliloquy

Chapter.  5063 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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