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Postmodern Apologetics?Arguments for God in Contemporary Philosophy$
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Christina M. Gschwandtner

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823242740

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823242740.001.0001

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Michel Henry: A God of Truth and Life

Michel Henry: A God of Truth and Life

(p.125) 6 Michel Henry: A God of Truth and Life
Postmodern Apologetics?

Christina M. Gschwandtner

Fordham University Press

Chapter 6 treats Michel Henry’s phenomenology of immanence and affectivity, which especially in his final works takes on an explicitly religious character and becomes closely identified with a particular interpretation of Christianity. Drawing a stark contrast between the “Truth” of Christianity and the “truth” of the world, he contends that Christianity provides access to a phenomenology of immanence that is able to overcome certain problems in the phenomenological project by speaking of the immediacy of Life as the origin of all affectivity. According to Henry, it is through Christ that we participate in the divine life of God as self-affection and is the only way in which we can become authentic persons. He also provides a trenchant critique of contemporary culture and the truths of science and technology.

Keywords:   Henry, Truth, Life, self-affection, pathos, immanence, flesh

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