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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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A Logic of Manifestation

A Logic of Manifestation

The Trinity

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Givenness and Revelation

Jean-Luc Marion

Stephen E. Lewis

Oxford University Press

The Trinity is the ground and dogmatic presupposition for the revelation of Christ as Son of the Father; but can we also understand it as the place where the phenomenological dimensions of the un-covering of the visible icon of the invisible God—the paradox of the pre-eminent saturated phenomenon, Revelation—are manifested? The chapter investigates whether the phenomenality of the un-covering corroborates the one God’s unity of communion and renders it manifest, a result that would address problems raised by the classic theological distinction between God’s unity (essence) and plurality (persons). Extended discussion of Basil’s On the Holy Spirit, with frequent reference to Augustine’s The Trinity, shows how Revelation reveals the Trinity always in a trinitarian way: as icon of the invisible, the Son’s visible face uncovers the invisible Father according to an anamorphic point of view—a conversion of the human perspective—to which only the Spirit can lead.

Keywords:   the Trinity, Boethius, Thomas Aquinas, Basil of Caesarea, Augustine of Hippo, Immanuel Kant, Schelling, Karl Barth, Karl Rahner, the icon

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