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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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Faith and Reason

Faith and Reason

(p.3) 1 Faith and Reason
Believing in Order to See

Jean-Luc Marion

, Christina M. Gschwandtner
Fordham University Press

In this chapter Marion claims that faith and reason are not opposed to each other, as is often supposed, but faith has its own rationality, namely unfolding the reason of the “logos” as the gift of love. Christians have a duty to rationality. Modernity reduces everything known to objects and hence leads to nihilism. We must exercise a “greater reason,” namely a rationality of the flesh and of love, which gives Christ’s logos to the world as gift. As Christians we must hand on the love we have received. Such love is unconditioned and enables both true self-knowledge and genuine knowledge of the other.

Keywords:   Christianity, faith, flesh, love, nihilism, reason

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