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SADE: FORGIVENESS AND TRUTH IN A DESACRALISED UNIVERSE

Beverley Clack

in Literature and Theology

Volume 15, issue 3, pages 262-275
Published in print September 2001 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online September 2001 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/15.3.262
SADE: FORGIVENESS AND TRUTH IN A DESACRALISED UNIVERSE

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This paper offers a challenge to the construction of Sade as a liberating figure by western intellectuals Such readings invariably intellectualise and mitigate the sufferings of the victim in his writings But rather than deny the need to engage with Sade's worldview I shall contend that this is vital, especially if one wishes to advocate a post–Christian spirituality If one denies a transcendent moral order or God, are we inevitably committed to the kind of universe Sade describes? Subverting aspects of Sade's own thesis can provide the basis for a meaningful vision of humanity grounded in this world

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