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AN ABSOLUTELY NEW SPACE

Thomas J. J. Altizer
Literature and Theology
Vol. 21, No. 4, Sacred Space (December 2007), pp. 347-361
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23927034
Page Count: 15
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AN ABSOLUTELY NEW SPACE
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Abstract

This article engages with the initially scientific, and then philosophical and theological, transfigurations of space that have occurred since the seventeenth century, as they lead us towards a radical praxis of a nihilistic space. It is the epic poets, such as Dante, Milton, Blake and Joyce, who provide the parameters of an absolutely new space, a revolutionary transfiguration of space and God; it is the great epics that intimately influence real space through an enactment of universal liturgy and ritual. Such enactment draws us inescapably into a uniquely apocalyptic nihilism, but one to be affirmed and embraced rather than denied.

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