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By Martin J. de De Nys

What does it suggest to have a distinctively spiritual orientation towards fact? Martin J. De Nys deals a philosophy of faith grounded in the phenomenological culture to be able to comprehend spiritual existence. concentrating on the key techniques of sacred transcendence, non secular discourse, and radical self-transcendence, De Nys contends phenomenological view of faith permits significant variety in regard to the potential for non secular fact. Phenomenology additionally is helping to account for the dizzying number of spiritual expressions and non secular lifeways. eventually, De Nys reaches a common and whole approach to describing a philosophical method of spiritual existence. This compelling ebook performs a worthwhile position in describing human engagement with faith.

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The discussion of religious discourse is my next topic. Sacred Transcendence 29 2 Religious Discourse A condition of the possibility of any consciousness of sacred transcendence and of any transactions between human beings and the sacred is discourse capable of articulating that consciousness and of operating within those transactions. The roles that religious discourse plays require a corresponding complexity in that discourse. Religiously involved persons and communities address the sacred object of their devotion with utterances of awe, love, fear, and hope in order to praise, to thank, to entreat, to express repentance, and to beg forgiveness.

This requires interpretation, which may always be more or less implicit or explicit, spontaneous or reflective. ”9 Because the symbol gives its latent meaning only through its manifest meaning, one “cannot objectivize the analogical relation that binds the second meaning to the first. . ”10 Manifestations of sacred transcendence always entail an opacity that excludes the possibility of intellectual domination. More specifically, those manifestations cannot be spoken of (a) through direct statements about the world, or (b) through statements that aim at conceptual univocity.

They are like a wall we run into, a wall on which we founder,”26 both because of their inescapable and impenetrable character and because they stop us, often metaphorically but at some point literally, dead in our tracks. Limit situations are not specific situations like my being in my study writing or in a classroom teaching or in a pool swimming, but conditions that situate human existence. They are not external objects or surroundings that we encounter but aspects of our very selves. And they are aspects of ourselves that Sacred Transcendence 23 threaten us.

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