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After GodRichard Kearney and the Religious Turn in Continental Philosophy$
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John Panteleimon Manoussakis

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823225316

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823225316.001.0001

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Prosopon and Icon: Two Premodern Ways of Thinking God

Prosopon and Icon: Two Premodern Ways of Thinking God

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(p.279) Prosopon and Icon: Two Premodern Ways of Thinking God
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After God
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John Panteleimon Manoussakis

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823225316.003.0019

This chapter examines premodern ways of thinking God through the prosopon and icon. It first discusses the ontological necessity of freedom toward death and love. It holds that the aporia in the discussion is the inability to imagine freedom prior to its existence. Then it distinguishes the Christian God from the God of the philosophers. The Christian God is a triune God who exists as loving relation among the three persons of the Trinity. In examining the hermeneutics of prosopon, it looks into its aesthetics, ethics, and role in religion. While in the discussion of the icon, it emphasizes the icon's value in relating to a point beyond itself, citing the example of the historic moment of Incarnation.

Keywords:   Christian God, prosopon, icon, Incarnation, freedom, Trinity, hermeneutics

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