By Tamsin Jones Farmer
Tamsin Jones believes that finding Jean-Luc Marion exclusively inside theological or phenomenological discourse undermines the coherence of his highbrow and philosophical firm. via a comparative exam of Marion's interpretation and use of Dionysius the Areopagite and Gregory of Nyssa, Jones evaluates the interaction of the manifestation and hiddenness of phenomena. by means of putting Marion opposed to the backdrop of those Greek fathers, Jones sharpens the stress among Marion's rigorous strategy and its meant goal: a defend opposed to idolatry. straight away positioned on the crossroads of the talk over the flip to faith in French phenomenology and an inquiry into the retrieval of early Christian writings inside this discourse, A family tree of Marion's Philosophy of faith opens up a brand new view of the phenomenology of non secular event.
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I believe this not merely because one’s spirit naturally yearns for and seeks whatever contemplation of the supernatural may be attainable but also because the splendid arrangement of divine laws commands it. We are told not to busy ourselves with what is beyond us, since they are beyond what we deserve and are unattainable.
7. ” Even Goodness is not a “proper” or defining name. The point is not to define God but to praise God. 9. ”83 Dionysius has provided a historical instance where “Good” seems to be prior to “Being” as a divine name at the same time as he disavows the identification of any one name as proper to God, a reminder that calling God by name is a question of praise, not predication, as well as holding up love as the best way of approach in theo-logy. At the same time, Dionysius provides Marion with the conceptual framework within which he can establish the primacy of givenness.
First, we can fi nd incipient versions of major themes of Marion’s thought borrowed from the corpus of Dionysius: givenness as a methodological starting point, and the shift ing play between visibility and invisibility. Secondly, we have seen how the category of “orthodoxy” functions both authoritatively and at the same time, ironically, apophatically. Finally, Marion’s univocal retrieval of the Fathers extends to his citation of Gregory as a proof text for Dionysius. The Idol and Distance and God Without Being Two major works of Marion, The Idol and Distance: Five Studies (ID) and God Without Being (GWB), lend themselves to simultaneous treatment.
A Genealogy of Marion's Philosophy of Religion: Apparent Darkness by Tamsin Jones Farmer