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Martin Buber's Journey to Presence$
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Phil Huston

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823227396

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823227396.001.0001

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The Presence of God

The Presence of God

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(p.185) 5 The Presence of God
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Martin Buber's Journey to Presence
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Phil Huston

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823227396.003.0006

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

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