Chapter

The Infinite Supplicant

Mark Cauchi

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/9780823224951.003.0017

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

The Infinite Supplicant

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This chapter argues that prayer is precarious because it requires people to be both like and unlike God. It explicates the prayers of Abraham and Moses in that they in effect go beyond themselves by making demands upon God. It contends that this seeming aporia of prayer is that in order to pray, people must already be beyond their limit, though prayer simultaneously requires the crossing of that limit.

Keywords: prayer; God; aporia; Abraham; Moses

Chapter.  6572 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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