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The Enigma of Divine Revelation

Between Phenomenology and Comparative Theology

  • Jean-Luc Marion
  • Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer

Part of the Contributions to Hermeneutics book series (CONT HERMEN, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer
    Pages 1-14
  3. Givenness and Interpretation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Jean-Luc Marion
      Pages 17-47
  4. The Phenomenality of Revelation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Robyn Horner
      Pages 67-105
    3. Kevin Hart
      Pages 107-118
  5. Transforming Ways of Being in the World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Werner G. Jeanrond
      Pages 133-150
    3. Mara Brecht
      Pages 151-175
  6. The Future of Revelation, Propositions (Revisited), and Close Reading

About this book


This volume explores the possibilities and pressures of the language of revelation on human understanding. How can we critically account for divine self-disclosure in the linguistically mediated world of human concerns? Does the structure of interpretation limit the language of revelation? Does revelation open up new horizons of critical interpretation? The volume brings together theologians who approach the interactions of revelation and hermeneutics with different perspectives, including various forms of phenomenology and comparative theology. It approaches the theme of revelation – central as it is to the theological endeavour – from several angles rather than a single methodological program. Dealing as it does with revelation and understanding, the volume addresses the foundational issues at stake in the challenges around change, identity, and faithfulness currently facing the church.


Rheology of Revelation Theological Hermeneutics Phenomenology of Gift Hermeneutics of Revelation Philosophy of Revelation Theology of Tradition Hermeneutics of Tradition Revelation and Reception Revelation and Understanding Revelation and the Saturated Phenomenon

Editors and affiliations

  • Jean-Luc Marion
    • 1
  • Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Chicago Divinity SchoolChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Religion and Critical InquiryAustralian Catholic UniversityEast MelbourneAustralia

About the editors

Jean-Luc Marion is emeritus professor of philosophy at the Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) and the Andrew Thomas Greeley and Grace McNichols Greeley Professor of Catholic Studies and Professor of the Philosophy of Religions and Theology at the University of Chicago. He was elected to l’Academie Francaise in 2008 and recognized as an immortel (member) in 2010.  His many translated works include, God Without Being (1991), Reduction and Givenness: Investigations of Husserl, Heidegger, and Phenomenology (1998), Cartesian Questions: Method and Metaphysics (1999), The Idol and Distance (2001), Being Given: Toward a Phenomenology of Giveness (2002), The Crossing of the Visible (2004), In Excess: Studies in Saturated Phenomena (2004), The Erotic Phenomenon (2006), In the Self’s Place (2012), and Givenness and Revelation (2018). Marion has received multiple honourary doctorates, including from the Australian Catholic University in 2015.

Dr Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer is the Director of Stakeholder Relations for the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy and a researcher in the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at Australian Catholic University. He has authored articles in international journals and with Neil Ormerod published, Foundational Theology: A New Approach to Catholic Fundamental Theology (Fortress Press, 2015). He is also a chief investigator in a major research program titled, “Atheism and Christianity: Moving Past Polemic.”

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Enigma of Divine Revelation
  • Book Subtitle Between Phenomenology and Comparative Theology
  • Editors Jean-Luc Marion
    Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer
  • Series Title Contributions to Hermeneutics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Cont Hermeneutics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-28131-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-28134-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-28132-8
  • Series ISSN 2509-6087
  • Series E-ISSN 2509-6095
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 301
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Hermeneutics
    Christian Theology
    Philosophy of Religion
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