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God Being NothingToward a Theogony$
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Ray L. Hart

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226359625

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226359762.001.0001

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Pre-facing the Divine

Pre-facing the Divine

Introduction Pre-facing the Divine
God Being Nothing

Ray L. Hart

University of Chicago Press

Three principal words used in this book are God, being, and nothingness. How each of these words has its own potentiating force, and how each qualifies the others, is the problematic to be addressed. Because God is a word in language, it remains a linguistic goad to thinking God. As in the thinking of Plato, the phenomenological range of thinking here is extended not only to the what (the subject matter) that is thought, but also to the who of the subject (the one thinking). The thinking underway is elemental thinking of both subject and subject matter. In this process, Jakob Böhme and Friedrich Schelling provide inspiration to explore the groundless abyss of Ungrund or Abgrund, the living in and out of which precedes any determinate or determinable ground. This means thinking nothingness and being, or ontology and meontology, together in their interrelation. If all discourse whatever is insecure, unsafe, unfinished. and vulnerable, theological discourse is more so because the theological signified is not an other among others, but the ground and unground of all.

Keywords:   speculative theology, naming God, thinking nothingness, meontology, cosmogony, ineffability

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