Pascal spoke of the divide between the god of the philosophers and the living God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and took the side of the latter. Jean-Luc Marion stands with Pascal. Weary of the ?god of theological rationalism, he wants to find in St. Augustine a different, non-rationalistic, or, as he prefers to say, nonmetaphysical, approach to God. Marion eschews an approach to God by way of deductive proofs of the existence and of the names of God, and searches in St. Augustine for a way that passes through our most intimate religious existence.
In this work, Marion, who divides his academic year between the University of Chicago and the Sorbonne, focuses primarily on the Confessions, though he reads it in the light of the entire Augustinian corpus. In particular, he explores the language of confessio that St. Augustine speaks.