God speaks within: from mystical vision to devout listening

Pattison, G. (2021) God speaks within: from mystical vision to devout listening. Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, 52(4), pp. 298-313. (doi: 10.1080/00071773.2019.1687980)

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In the Bible, the human God-relationship is typically established through and by the phenomenon of “calling”. However, for much subsequent theology, this has been displaced by “vision”, “taste” or “feeling”. Referring to the notion of an inner word, the paper follows Kierkegaard's treatment of silence as, alternatively, a mode of inattention and attention to such an inner word. With Heidegger, the paper turns to the notion of vocation, both as in the discussion of the call of conscience in Being and Time and the poetic vocation exemplified in the figure and poetry of Hölderlin. Finally, it considers the possible difference between such a poetic vocation and a divine calling.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Pattison, Professor George
Authors: Pattison, G.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Journal Name:Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):2332-0486
Published Online:10 December 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The British Society for Phenomenology
First Published:First published in Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 52(4): 298-313
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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