By Clyde Pax
Man's difficulty approximately God is either a query and a quest. We search to grasp with simple task that God is actual; we search additionally to attract with reference to God, to understand that he's rather for us. My target during this paintings is to re-think this two-fold problem and to take action with Gabriel Marcel. in the course of the paintings i've got mixed the presentation of Marcel's perspectives with a severe exam of his idea, and within the spirit during which Marcel meets his personal predecessors and contemporaries i've got held myself loose to simply accept, to amend or to reject what he has written. hence the point of interest of the paintings is barely by the way at the writings of Marcel; the direct concentration, as for Marcel, is on man's looking to understand and to attract on the subject of God. the trouble to re-think that measurement of our event which we designate non secular can't start except a serious attention of what we suggest by way of wisdom and simple task. what's going to count number as a solution to the query of even if God is actual and no matter if he's quite for us? If, because the believer continues, God is the reply to guy - a solution totally not like another resolution - then the tactic of looking for this resolution needs to be various from different equipment of looking. moreover, even for the believer, God is still the hidden God, Deus absconditus, and at most sensible we see via a pitcher darkly.
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Extra info for An Existential Approach to God: A Study of Gabriel Marcel
Person - engagement - community - reality: there we have a sort of chain of notions which, to be exact, do not readily follow from each other by deduction (actually there is nothing more fallacious than a belief in the value of deduction) but of which the union can be grasped by an act of the mind. 23 But one might ask are not such things as trees and dogs real beings? Yes, surely they are real beings, but only to the degree that they are in relation to persons. If it is further objected that such a notion makes the being of all objects purely relational, Marcel, it seems, can only agree.
The structure of the experiences wherein we are personally involved reveals a mutual constitution which is analogous to the structure of existence. And just as the subject exists only by accepting the other as at once constitutive of and differentiated from itself so the person creates himself in being only by "receiving" other persons who are recognized as distinct from himself. Our ingrained habits of thinking of ourselves and of others in an objective way, as if to be person is to be "something given", diverts our attention from our lived experience.
This acceptance of perception as primary has led Marcel to a non-Cartesian understanding of the I exist which he calls the point of departure of metaphysics. The I exist is a global awareness of myself existing in a universe just because the act of perceiving - and here we can see the act of perceiving in its full significance as the fundamental act of consciousness - is not the reception from something outside the self but the irreducible and non-mediatized contact and presence of the self to the universe.
An Existential Approach to God: A Study of Gabriel Marcel by Clyde Pax