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Believing in Order to SeeOn the Rationality of Revelation and the Irrationality of Some Believers$
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Jean-Luc Marion

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823275847

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823275847.001.0001

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The Future of Catholicism

The Future of Catholicism

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(p.76) 6 The Future of Catholicism
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Believing in Order to See
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Jean-Luc Marion

, Christina M. Gschwandtner
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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823275847.003.0006

Catholicism has an ethical role in contemporary culture as raising questions about norms and practices in order to preserve the dignity of the human being. The Church must give the Word (Christ) to the world. Man as absolute principle (in Descartes, Kant, and Hegel) becomes a means to an end. The “I” treated as absolute subject of knowledge becomes an object. The I cannot be the source of values or knowledge (man reverts to himself); this devalues the I. Man transcends man. Instead of objectifying man as an object of knowledge, we must “recognize” man as created in the image of God (which assures man’s essential unknowability). Christians must “keep the vigil of the unknowable.”

Keywords:   Catholicism, man, objectification, unknowability, Word

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