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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 Recognition of the Gift

The Recognition of the Gift

(p.125) 10 The Recognition of the Gift
Believing in Order to See

Jean-Luc Marion

, Christina M. Gschwandtner
Fordham University Press

The truest and most important phenomena remain invisible but are given phenomenologically as gifts. The gift requires a phenomenology of the invisible. To know God is to receive the gift of love, as the experience of the Samaritan woman who encounters Christ at Jacob’s well illustrates. The gift is always unconditioned and recognized only in and through Christ. Thus, the Eucharist is the very paradigm of the gift, a perfectly given gift, and Christ the gift par excellence.

Keywords:   Eucharist, gift, invisible, phenomenology, Samaritan woman

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