The association and even identification of Israel's LORD with the "Lord Jesus," supported exegetically by the identification of Jesus as the subject of theophanic
texts such as Genesis 18, 28, 32; Exodus 3, 19, 24; Isaiah 6; Ezekiel 1; Daniel 7; and Habakkuk 3 (LXX), was crucial for fashioning an increasingly distinct symbolic universe among early Christians.
It is thus necessary to recover the symbolic narratives of our ancestral cultures in the South, regardless of whether they are philosophical, mythical, or religious in character or not (even those texts categorized as theophanic
or revelatory), in order to subject them to a philosophical labor within the overall framework of reconstructing our traditions.
Being set itself, or more rightly, its clandestine relationship to the finite, out of the scope of knowledge, infinity came to be included in nature in a theophanic
way, and in the constructions that purported in fact nothing of the divine infinity itself but were nonetheless admitted to speak about it in the shape of analogy.
Further, the possessive act of the Air's gaze or nazar is objectified in his portrait as a continuous theophanic
site that provokes Jahan Ara's performative piety and motivates her sacred eroticized experiences.
His topics include the theophanic
cosmos, Newton's divine mechanic and the world of mere matter, Darwin's revolution and the end of teleology, the question of God, creaturely being in a trinitarian context, and the abolition of Man.
In his view, the essence of the theophanic
event is not the
Paul who, instead of being struck by theophanic
vision, must come to terms with a terrible life change when run over by a car and consequently having one leg amputated from knee to foot.
A theophany, experienced by an individual or by a group of persons, is usually described by the biblical authors as an event that includes 1) a natural disturbance--such as a storm, an earthquake or a bush burning without being consumed--that signals an unusual or unexpected manifestation of God; 2) a revelation from God, whose presence is somehow communicated and affirmed in the natural disturbance; 3) a response, at once fearful and fascinated, on the part of the one gifted with the theophany; 4) an indication that this theophanic
experience has changed everything.
He argues for a more rigorous, theophanic
model of critical reading that might boldly declare God's revelation in and through artistic works.
He ends his article by hoping that "Christendom may soon awake from its protracted slumber, and casting off the yoke of a Darwinist cosmology, may rediscover the truth of its own worldview: a truth that is both factual and iconic, in accordance with the theophanic
nature of the universe.
In short, by means of the subtle yet powerful mechanism of allusion calling forth theophanic
motifs from the Scriptures of Israel, Mark 6:45-52 reveals the identity of Jesus as God.
He believed, and said that Plato and Paul believed, that history and its meaning as the movement of consciousness toward greater differentiation and luminosity (45) are constituted by theophanic
events in the metaxy of which one of the most important is Paul's Vision of the Resurrected.