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Prayer and Incarnation

Lissa McCullough

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823224951.003.0016

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Prayer and Incarnation

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This chapter examines accounts of prayer as a hope that enables even redemption. It analyzes the works of philosophers Soren Kierkegaard and Simone Weil and challenges accounts of prayer and the religious life that would reduce people to the temporal waiting it out until the end of time. It suggests that prayer delivers people into their flesh so that they can bring the infinite to bear within time and as such prayer may be considered an incarnational activity that enables people to embrace and love the world as divine creation.

Keywords: prayer; redemption; Soren Kierkegaard; Simone Weil; incarnational activity; divine creation

Chapter.  3457 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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