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Jean-Luc Marion

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198757733

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198757733.001.0001

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Christ as Saturated Phenomenon

Christ as Saturated Phenomenon

The Icon of the Invisible

(p.61) 3 Christ as Saturated Phenomenon
Givenness and Revelation

Jean-Luc Marion

Stephen E. Lewis

Oxford University Press

Christian revelation’s authority, that of the apokalupsis, the uncovering, precedes all knowledge of God, because as phenomenon it uncovers itself on the basis of mystery: it happens for all, but not all are able to recognize it. Three questions about this phenomenon follow: What does the mystery allow to be phenomenalized? How is that which gives itself uncovered, or how does the invisible make itself recognized as visible? And who shows himself there inasmuch as he gives himself without reserve? Careful phenomenological analysis of the gospels and Paul’s letters demonstrates how Christ appears as the hyperbolic phenomenon of charity, and is uncovered in the mode of an anamorphosis, or shifting of the witness’s point of view on the mustêrion, as Son from the Father’s viewpoint; and, finally, Christ, as icon of the invisible Father, shows himself by showing that it is not he who gives himself, but the Father.

Keywords:   mystery, Jesus Christ, New Testament, love, phenomenology, intentionality, anamorphosis, icon, systematic theology, the Trinity

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