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The Experience of GodA Postmodern Response$
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Kevin Hart and Barbara Wall

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780823225187

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823225187.001.0001

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Liturgy and Coaffection

Liturgy and Coaffection

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(p.93) 7 Liturgy and Coaffection
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The Experience of God
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Jean-Yves Lacoste

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823225187.003.0008

This chapter reflects on our experience of God in the liturgy, using prayer as point of entry and working closely with Martin Heidegger's revision of Edmund Husserl's phenomenology. At mass we sing “almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory”; we solemnly say, “We believe in one God” and “We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ” and “Give us this day our daily bread”. This “we” is the congregation and it is the Church. Liturgy presumes a certain distancing that serves as a critique of the feeling that subtends Friedrich Daniel Ernst Schleiermacher's theology and all the sacramental theologies that draw from it. The “we” that is said and constructed in common prayer is not primordially the act of a co-feeling, and all the reservations one has about feeling count as well for co-feeling. But in giving themselves common words and common gestures, men who pray clearly speak their wish — their wish for a plenary presence of the Absolute at the heart of coaffection.

Keywords:   God, experience, liturgy, prayer, Martin Heidegger, phenomenology, Friedrich Daniel Ernst Schleiermacher, theology, coaffection, Edmund Husserl

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