The Forgotten and the God-forsaken: The Apophasis of Forgiveness

Podmore, Simon D. (2015) The Forgotten and the God-forsaken: The Apophasis of Forgiveness. In: The Forgotten and the God-forsaken: The Apophasis of Forgiveness. Religion in Philosophy and Theology . Mohr Siebeck.

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Abstract

Drawing upon the thought of Søren Kierkegaard in dialogue with themes in mystical theology, this essay explores the relationship between forgiving and forgetting with reference to theological modes of unknowing (apophasis) and ‘letting-go’ (Gelassenheit, or kenotic releasement) asking how they might sever the Gordian knot entangled within particular instances of forgiveness. Inquiring into the resemblances and the differences between divine and human possibilities for both knowledge of and the forgiveness of transgressions, I suggest that there may exist instances when inter-personal and self-forgiveness might flourish through releasing themselves from an unattainably mimetic relationship with the horizon of an essentially incommunicable ‘God’s-eye view’ of the forgiveness of sins.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Kierkegaard, Forgiveness, Forgetting, God-forsakenness, Mysticism, Apophasis
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Theology, Philosophy and Religion
Depositing User: Lauren Whiston
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2016 15:49
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2016 15:49
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1028

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