Enabling God

Kearney Richard

in After God

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780823225316
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236893 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Enabling God

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This chapter affirms the freedom that characterizes one's relationship to the divine as a mutual act of giving. It challenges traditional concepts of God as omnipotence. The notion of an all-powerful, autonomous, and self-sufficient deity has a long history ranging from the self-thinking-thought of Aristotelian ontology to the self-subsisting-act or self-causing-cause of medieval scholasticism and modern rationalism. It is a powerful lineage pertaining to a powerful concept of a powerful God. All too often the Omnipotence of Cause comes back in through the back door disguised as an Omnipotence of Love, or Beauty, or Self-Affection. Jean–Luc Marion's cogent essay “God: The Impossible” is a good case in point. The chapter proposes to explore a hermeneutics of the possible God by moving through three concentric circles — scriptural, testimonial, and literary. Traversing this threefold approach, it seeks to identify some key characteristics of God poetically.

Keywords: scriptural; omnipotence; hermeneutics; testimonial; God; Aritotelian ontology; medieval scholasticism; modern rationalism; Jean–Luc Marion

Chapter.  6698 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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