Journal Article

God Turns a Blind Eye: Terrifying Angels before the Apocalypse

Daniel Price

in Literature and Theology

Volume 21, issue 4, pages 362-380
Published in print December 2007 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online October 2007 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frm038
God Turns a Blind Eye: Terrifying Angels before the Apocalypse

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Thomas J. J. Altizer's apocalyptic voice defies standard academic discourse because it sets itself against the demands of merely understanding what is and insists on living in the demand to sweep away being and all its nostalgic comforts. This paper attempts to forefront the consequences of that apocalyptic voice, beyond post-modern criticisms of both apocalyptic tones and the idea of voice itself, in the refiguring of the sacred amid the difference between ‘space’ and ‘place’. Rilke's ‘terrifying angels’ from the Duino Elegies serve as a case study for understanding the shape of an individual response to the apocalyptic demand, and help to make sense of the type of sacred engagement Altizer's apocalyptic voice calls forth.

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Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

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