Review by Choice Review
Keller (Drew Univ.) studies the ways in which the apocalypse of the Book of Revelations has shaped Western thought and history. Using a multidisciplinary approach--Scripture, theology, philosophy, feminist and poststructuralist theory, literature, and politics--she demonstrates how apocalyptic thought has shaped habits of text, time, place, community, and gender. This is a chronologically wide ranging book, encompassing ancient, medieval, and modern times. But what sets it apart is an analysis of counterapocalypse sustained by ecological and feminist insight. This study is both a cultural and a theological essay: it examines the religious right, the secular left, and radical feminism. Keller uncovers cultural conceptions of time, history, place, and gender, and in the end offers a life-sustaining alternative to despair. There is no comparable study. Most studies of the apocalypse are rather straightforward theological analyses. Keller takes the reader beyond that by assessing the postmodern world and its struggle against human suffering. The book has a good index, but the lack of illustrations is disappointing in view of the fact that the events of the apocalypse have inspired hundreds of illustrations over the centuries. Graduate; faculty; professional. D. C. West Jr.; Northern Arizona University
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