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Thomas J.J. Altizer

in Literature and Theology

Volume 15, issue 2, pages 187-194
Published in print June 2001 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online June 2001 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/15.2.187
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This essay is an attempt to record the theological voyage of its author by way of a critical response to each of the books of that voyage with the recognition that this work is now both little known and vastly removed from contemporary theology The intention throughout this voyage is to seek a truly radical and yet nevertheless fully Christian theology, a theology with a genuinely Biblical ground but one nonetheless fully open to our world, a world here understood as embodying what Blake envisioned as the ‘Self-Annihilation of God’ Moreover, and perhaps most deeply, there is the intention of renewing an original apocalyptic Christianity, and doing so with the recognition that Christian theology itself has truly reversed that origin, and only the most radical transformation of our theology can recover it Now radical theology has virtually disappeared, or is invisible and unheard, but despite this there is a deep radical Christian tradition, as most openly expressed in the Christian epic tradition, and one extending even into our world. While the theological voyage recorded here has grave limitations, is often unclear, and deeply solitary, it is a contemporary voyage, and one reflecting many other voyages, and if our imaginative voyage is our deepest voyage, it is a theological recovery of that voyage which is here the true goal.

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