Chapter

The Presence of God

Phil Huston

in Martin Buber's Journey to Presence

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227396
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235438 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823227396.003.0006

Series: Abrahamic Dialogues

The Presence of God

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In this chapter, the two relevant elements that Buber failed to notice in understanding the presence of God are illustrated: the immediacy of the relation and the concreteness of the absolute. Initially, it is pointed out that it is a mistake to identify God with human beings and Hasidic ideas should be separated from Buber's ideas. Buber explains that God is not conceived by reason; God is the spiritual reality “emanating from the immediacy of existence as such”. In this chapter, Buber's notion of presence as such is summarized: Presence includes reciprocity, the confirmation of the meaning, and a call to the human being to prove this meaning through his actions. These elements therefore make up an actual strength in the life of the human being.

Keywords: God; reality; spiritual; Haisidic; presence; realization; strength; human being

Chapter.  9889 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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