Praise—Pure and Personal?

Christina M. Gschwandtner

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

Praise—Pure and Personal?

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This chapter examines the relation of personal and corporate prayer in the works of philosopher Jean-Luc Marion. It argues that the very structure of Marion's phenomenological project leads him to overemphasize personal prayer to the virtual exclusion of corporate prayer. Marion's emphasis is on purity and excess because his chief concern is to protect God from idolatry. This attempt to protect God's name led Marion to a view of prayer in which the social and ethical aspects of prayer are excluded.

Keywords: Jean-Luc Marion; personal prayer; corporate prayer; idolatry; phenomenology

Chapter.  5722 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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