By Marjo C. A. Korpel, Johannes C. de Moor
The silence of God is a routine subject matter in sleek mirrored image. it isn't simply addressed in theology, spiritual reviews and philosophy, but in addition in literary fiction, movie and theatre. The authors express that the idea that of a silent deity emerged within the old close to East (including Greece). What did the Ancients suggest after they assumed that below conditions their deities remained silent? What purposes are discernable for silence among people and their gods? For the 1st time the shut interrelation among the divine and the human within the revelatory technique is tested right here at the foundation of a wealth of translated historical texts. In an interesting epilogue, the authors discover the theological results of what they've got came across.
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This counterpoint demonstrates that a life in silence before God need not be dull or abnormal. 2 Contemporary Theologians and Philosophers Ever since Nietzsche proclaimed the death of God theologians and philosophers have tried to cope with the concept of a God who is silent like the dead. Some have tried to value this deep silence positively, as the real ground for faith. Others found this silence unbearable. 1 Karl Barth According to Karl Barth, for example, God speaks while being silent. In his R¨ omerbrief, the first edition of which appeared in 1919, he emphasizes the unknowability of God in his comment on Rom.
Recent and wellinformed refutations of the new atheists from the side of theologians are those of Gerhard Lohfink 2008 and Hans Kessler 2009. Another fairly recent opponent of atheism is the French philo´ sopher and writer Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. 103 The unknown visitor appears and disappears miraculously. He evidently knows all about Freud’s past and future. 104 In the end Freud acknowledges, ‘You are almighty’. But his visitor replies, Well, actually, no, I’m not. The moment I made man free, I lost omnipotence, lost omniscience.
Whether being speechless we are compelled to speech, or speaking we are compelled to silence, confronted by the Spirit we are equally embarrassed and have no means of escape. 136 Despite the dialectic ambiguousness of Barth’s statements137 on human silence as a response to the silence of God, it seems clear that in the end he is of the opinion that speaking the Word of God is preferable to radical silence. However, even if human beings do speak Barth evidently minimizes their role as far as possible.
The Silent God by Marjo C. A. Korpel, Johannes C. de Moor