The Introduction seeks to bring the theological notion of revelation together with the phenomenological concept of givenness by exploring the paradoxical features of revelation, especially the manifestations of God in Jesus Christ. No revelation can dispense with the resistance of the witnesses that it elicits and who can challenge it; it must be able to explain the possibility of this refusal, not as a contingent incident but as something that its very rationality implies. Further, as a phenomenon, Christian revelation makes appear phenomena that, coming forth from elsewhere than from the world, give visibility to the invisible as such, remaining so in its very visibility. The phenomenology of givenness allows the paradox of this rationality and of these manifestations to be the exceptional case within the phenomenality of the given (as the pre-eminent saturated phenomenon), while at the same time showing the intelligibility of the paradox of revelation.
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