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Poetry and Apocalypse: Theological Disclosures of Poetic Language

William Franke


This book seeks to find the premises for dialogue between cultures, especially religious fundamentalisms—including Islamic fundamentalism—and modern Western secularism. It argues that in order to be genuinely open, dialogue needs to accept possibilities such as religious apocalypse in ways which can be best understood through the experience of poetry. The author reads Christian epic and prophetic tradition as a secularization of religious revelation that preserves an understanding of the essentially apocalyptic character of truth and its disclosure in history. The usually neglected negative th ... More

Keywords: poetry, apocalypse, poetic language, religious fundamentalism, Islamic fundamentalism, Western secularism, Christian epic, prophetic tradition, secularization, religious revelation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780804759106
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804759106.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Franke, author