By Clyde Pax
Man's drawback approximately God is either a query and a quest. We search to grasp with sure bet 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 trouble 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 suggestion, and within the spirit within which Marcel meets his personal predecessors and contemporaries i've got held myself loose to just 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 recognize and to attract as regards to God. the trouble to re-think that size of our adventure which we designate spiritual can't commence except a serious attention of what we suggest by way of wisdom and walk in the park. what is going to count number as a solution to the query of even if God is actual and no matter if he's relatively for us? If, because the believer keeps, God is the reply to guy - a solution entirely in contrast to any other solution - then the strategy of looking for this resolution has to be varied from different tools of looking. moreover, even for the believer, God is still the hidden God, Deus absconditus, and at top we see via a tumbler darkly.
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Initially at least, I become present to other persons by reason of my being an incarnate person, not only because only by incarnation am I a conscious subject, but also because my presence to the other person and his presence to me is a bodily presence. Hence, my participation in the realm of personal being, as well as in existence, is ultimately by reason of my lived unity with my body. Marcel arrived at this position only after repeated efforts to clarify his relation to the consciousness of others.
The two are distinct and yet "there are no veritable frontiers separating the two". Is this thinkable, this mutual participation which is constitutive of subject and object and which allows each to retain its own identity? If by thinkable we understand conceptualizable, it is not. Marcel 16 "Existence and Objectivity", p. 323. 34 MYSELF AND THE OTHER himself uses the word feeling to designate the kind of awareness which is possible here. By the use of this term he wishes to express the inadequacy of all attempts to conceptualize the experience, which he perceives would be condemned to failure because the experience is one prior to and constitutive of the level where the concepts of subject and object have their meaning.
A little later in the same essay the author writes: Supposing that I wish or feel bound to put a certain person on his guard against someone else. I decide to write him a letter to this effect. If I do not sign my letter I am still as it were moving in a realm of play .... I reserve to myself the possibility of denying my action .... From the moment that I sign my letter, on the contrary, I have taken on the responsibility for it, that is to say I have shouldered the consequences in advance. I have created the irrevocable not only for the other person but for myself.
An Existential Approach to God: A Study of Gabriel Marcel by Clyde Pax