The Experience of God and the Axiology of the Impossible

John D. Caputo

in The Experience of God

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780823225187
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237135 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

The Experience of God and the Axiology             of the Impossible

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This chapter reflects on the impossible as the proper modality for approaching the idea of the experience of God. It argues that the experience of God is fitted to the God of experience. In other words, our problem is not the impossibility (and the impiety) of adjusting the concept of God to the finite categories of human understanding. Rather, we need to rethink “experience” other than as determined by Immanuel Kant and refined by Edmund Husserl. The author outlines a way of talking about our encounters with God that remains answerable to phenomenology and scripture. The God of love and the God of the impossible seem like a nice fit, a kind of prefit. The phenomenological structure of ineradicable faith, hope, and love, the phenomenological structure of this passion for the impossible, remains in place, but without the historical religions, constituting the structure of what Jacques Derrida calls a religion without religion.

Keywords: God; experience; impossible; phenomenology; scripture; Immanuel Kant; love; hope; religion; faith

Chapter.  10245 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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