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Master of Arts in Systematic Theology
School of Theology and Seminary
R. Kevin Seasoltz, OSB
This work was originally submitted as part of a phenomenological exploration for a course on Eucharistic theology under the direction of Fr. Kevin Seasoltz, OSB. The assignment parameters included research and examination of a contemporary theological issue concerning Eucharist on a graduate level of engagement. This paper includes a discussion of two distinct Marion scholars, their insights, and Marion’s treatment of the concepts of icon and idol, which are central to his conception of presence. It contains my translation of question 75, article IV in the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas. This section functions as a linguistic hermeneutic device for Marion’s argument regarding the challenging application of metaphysics in the generally positivistic minds of contemporaries. This work also analyzes Marion’s understanding of absence, as an entrée into his phenomenology of presence which is both intellectual and temporal. Finally, this paper addresses the strengths and weaknesses of Marion’s theological insights with regards to praxis in the contemporary Roman Catholic Church.
Coffman, Nicholas, "Jean-Luc Marion’s Theology of Eucharistic Presence" (2008). Graduate Papers/Theses. 22.
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