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The Appearing of God$
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Jean-Yves Lacoste

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198827146

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198827146.001.0001

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(p.112) 6 Anticipation
The Appearing of God

Jean-Yves Lacoste

Oliver O’Donovan

Oxford University Press

The chapter distinguishes two experiences often conflated in discussion of anticipation, a commonplace pre-experience of the future accompanying every appearance, and an experience of promise that gives ground for a hope. In “enjoyment” present experience takes possession of consciousness and prevents real anticipation; but enjoyment is intermittent, and when it is gone there can be a fidelity to the experience, born of desire for permanence, and a sense of absence, which may convey the thought of a reappearance. Presence cannot be “parousia.” Anticipation is lived out in unfulfilment. But the idea of conclusive experience is not ruled out, and may have a critical role in exposing incomplete experience. We may receive anticipations of what cannot be given definitively within world-time, and “the” end may be the only key we have to the status of nearer ends.

Keywords:   anticipation, promise, enjoyment, presence, parousia

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