Die vornehmste Übung Gottes Majestät und das Gebet des Menschen nach Johannes Calvin - 10.1628/004435416X14665991202891 - Mohr Siebeck
Theology

Hartmut von Sass

Die vornehmste Übung Gottes Majestät und das Gebet des Menschen nach Johannes Calvin

Volume 113 () / Issue 3, pp. 258-278 (21)

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John Calvin invites and gives us the theological ingredients to rethink the relation between asking and receiving in prayer. Hence, one has to limit prayers in terms of what is possibly addressable to God; then, prayer has to be modally understood as practice that calls for something which is impossible for us because it is only possible for God; and finally, praying to God is to be leading life in God's reality – which is: in God Himself. Therefore, the believer does not pray to God, but is praying in His real presence; God does not exist beyond the act of praying, but is nothing other than the event of authentic prayer. If God is asked for something, He gives no less than Himself.
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Hartmut von Sass Geboren 1980; Privatdozent für Systematische Theologie an der Universität Zürich und stellv. Direktor des Collegium Helveticum, Universität und ETH Zürich.