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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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Enabling God

Enabling God

(p.39) Enabling God
After God

Kearney Richard

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This chapter affirms the freedom that characterizes one's relationship to the divine as a mutual act of giving. It challenges traditional concepts of God as omnipotence. The notion of an all-powerful, autonomous, and self-sufficient deity has a long history ranging from the self-thinking-thought of Aristotelian ontology to the self-subsisting-act or self-causing-cause of medieval scholasticism and modern rationalism. It is a powerful lineage pertaining to a powerful concept of a powerful God. All too often the Omnipotence of Cause comes back in through the back door disguised as an Omnipotence of Love, or Beauty, or Self-Affection. Jean–Luc Marion's cogent essay “God: The Impossible” is a good case in point. The chapter proposes to explore a hermeneutics of the possible God by moving through three concentric circles — scriptural, testimonial, and literary. Traversing this threefold approach, it seeks to identify some key characteristics of God poetically.

Keywords:   scriptural, omnipotence, hermeneutics, testimonial, God, Aritotelian ontology, medieval scholasticism, modern rationalism, Jean–Luc Marion

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