By Clyde Pax
Man's trouble approximately God is either a question and a quest. We search to grasp with sure bet that God is actual; we search additionally to attract almost about God, to grasp that he's particularly for us. My target during this paintings is to re-think this two-fold hindrance and to take action with Gabriel Marcel. during the paintings i've got mixed the presentation of Marcel's perspectives with a serious exam of his notion, and within the spirit within 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 focal point of the paintings is just by the way at the writings of Marcel; the direct concentration, as for Marcel, is on man's trying to be aware of and to attract just about God. the trouble to re-think that measurement of our adventure which we designate non secular can't start except a severe attention of what we suggest by means of wisdom and sure bet. what is going to count number as a solution to the query of no matter if God is genuine and no matter if he's rather for us? If, because the believer continues, God is the reply to guy - a solution entirely in contrast to some other solution - then the strategy of attempting to find this solution needs to be varied from different tools of looking. in addition, even for the believer, God continues to be the hidden God, Deus absconditus, and at most sensible we see via a pitcher darkly.
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It is the failure (and it would seem in large part the inability) of contemporary society to distinguish between the participation which springs from encounter in which the person is responsible and totally involved and an excess of activity which at best dissipates the person, that makes the same society blind to the values of contemplation and reflection. In contrast, the apparent aloofness sometimes found in the saint is participation par excellence; he has given himself to other persons and therefore cannot allow himself to be overly concerned with objects, even though these objects are the major concern of the society in which he lives.
247. " 3 The Mystery of Being, I. p. 103. 24 MYSELF AND THE OTHER am I is always the individual self, but always as involved in what is other than its own individuality. In order to avoid misunderstanding let us distinguish our question also from the question of the empirical psychologist. To the extent that the empirical ego is taken as an entity, psychological studies have, like other objective sciences, taken the self as an object, even frequently as an object of statistical research. However valid such an approach is within limited frameworks it does not raise the question of existence.
This exclusion is of the greatest importance: it seems that the child wants to attract attention almost materially. 19 Two points need to be noted in this and in the portrayal of an adult in a similar situation in the following pages of the essay. The first is the child's presentation of himself (and the flowers) to his mother. The other is the note of exclusiveness. The child depends on the presence of the mother in order to perform the act which makes him into a 19 Homo Viator, p. 13. MYSELF AND THE OTHER 37 personal giver.
An Existential Approach to God: A Study of Gabriel Marcel by Clyde Pax