The eclipse of God and the pandemic

16 Apr

Martin Buber, who was a Jew, gives his name to his book “The eclipse of God” (1952), because for someone who believes, and if he believes, God is not dead, but undeniably some “solid” veil eclipsed him in modernity, which it seems to be “dissolving”, as stated by Buber.
I agree and it is always my analysis that the misunderstanding of the current thinking situation, we have already talked about the night of thought this week, Buber also affirms that it was the emergence of Kant’s Idealist thought that states that “God is not an external substance, but only a moral relationship in us ”, and Hegel who sees God as an abstraction.
However, the Hegelian synthesis is so powerful, it is the summit of idealism for different readings that can be made of it, its abstraction will confuse the divine Trinitarian, with an “absolute abstraction”, using the categories in-itself, of-itself and for -si, where the “for” is not a beyond, but a return to yourself. I do not exclude two aspects outside this context, but Marx’s “young” Hegelianism found Feuerbach, also the need for denial of the absolute, and starting from Feuerbach’s atheistic theology (in a way also Kantian), the religious idealism of Steiner, Bruno Bauer and others, who calls them “are” Bruno, Steiner, etc.
Nietzsche’s ‘God is dead’, is due precisely to his fideistic and fundamentalist formation, coming from a Lutheran family he will try to deny him (to God) throughout his life, but it is important to read him because he reveals what many people call him. a fundamentalist and little “substantial” faith, this is disconnected from reality. We have reached the bottom of the can in modern existentialism, and the pandemic crisis takes us back to it, the search for a reason for existence, which seeks to know if the insistence on “religious necessity” does not point to something inherent in human nature.
This is the problem that “torments” Buber, who also wrote Eu Tu where he practically affirms the existence of a horizontal God present in the human relationship, not being a Christian he is curious because he discovers the one who is “between two or more who are in my name ”(Mt 18,20), as a relationship with God, for Christians it is Jesus.
The central problem, which is that of the Trinity, God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, will not be addressed by Buber, but when commenting on Sartre’s existentialism, as part of the existential crisis of modernity, he affirms: “Does the existence, like the Sartre understands, it doesn’t really mean being there ‘for himself’, encapsulated in his subjectivity, or does it mean being there before a certain X – not just any X, to which a certain greatness should be attributed, but the X par excellence, the indeterminable and peerable? ”asks Buber.
The existential problem is that without the “substantial” God and he exists if we believe that Jesus is God is not separable from the triune God, and faith is inseparable from this “divine medium”.


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