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By Martin J. de De Nys

What does it suggest to have a distinctively spiritual orientation towards truth? Martin J. De Nys bargains a philosophy of faith grounded in the phenomenological culture so one can comprehend spiritual existence. concentrating on the key suggestions of sacred transcendence, non secular discourse, and radical self-transcendence, De Nys contends phenomenological view of faith permits enormous range in regard to the potential of spiritual fact. Phenomenology additionally is helping to account for the dizzying number of non secular expressions and non secular lifeways. eventually, De Nys reaches a common and whole approach to describing a philosophical method of spiritual existence. This compelling publication performs a invaluable position in describing human engagement with faith.

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1 An account of religious discourse needs to be able to clarify the conditions of the possibility of these different roles. In order to do this, it needs to be an account of the possibility of a discourse that has to do with something “wholly other,” other than ourselves and than anything else that is in any other way other than ourselves, with the limit situations that determine the finite condition of our very being in the world, with the possibility of salvation, and with a desire that surpasses self-centeredness in its love and longing for that which is limitlessly and unsurpassably good.

The question is not, Could this be the whole story about the condition of human existence? There is no occurrence of joy in my story, and most people would admit of authentic joy. The question is, Could this be the story about what determines human existence in the last analysis? An affirmative answer to this question does not deny meaning to human existence. 37 But an affirmative answer to the question at hand does say, to put the point in rather commonplace terms, that whatever the possibilities for meaning and fulfillment might be, the qualities that ultimately determine human existence are the qualities that ultimately do us in.

Religious involvement determines human existence at its core because sacred transcendence in some way becomes accessible at the core of human existence itself. The comments I have made in this section make use of terms and concepts that belong to phenomenology, to traditional philosophy and theology, and to a religious text weighted with speculative content. What is the function of these comments and to what do these comments refer? The terms I have used are fairly standard in a context like this one, but they are of course not terms that religiously involved people use in a spontaneous way in their religious conduct.

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