Chapter

the Living Image: Infinitude, Unknowing, and Creative Capacity in Mystical Anthropology

in The Indiscrete Image

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780226093154
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226093178 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226093178.003.0007
the Living Image: Infinitude, Unknowing, and Creative Capacity in Mystical Anthropology

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This chapter engages theological traditions where God remains beyond concept or comprehension, at points even to himself, and where such incomprehensibility—mirrored in the human who is created in God's image—is thought of as ground or condition of a creation in which the human essentially participates. It argues that, within this lineage of mystical theology one can trace a creative subject, whether human or divine, who proves to be creative not in and through the clarity and certainty at which modern thought and culture, according to Heidegger, aim, but in the darkness and incomprehension of a creation ex nihilo.

Keywords: God; creation; humanity; mystical theology; Heidegger

Chapter.  21109 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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