Saturday, October 20, 2007

It's the End of the World as we know it at the Vatican - Independent Online Edition > Europe

It's the End of the World as we know it at the Vatican - Independent Online Edition > Europe
Perhaps we have Francis Ford Coppola and his Apocalypse Now blockbuster to blame for our identification of "apocalypse" with bloody mayhem. Or perhaps it is the decline of faith that has led us to view the Christian vision of the end of the world (in which unbelievers get the short end of the stick) as likely to be unpleasant. But the curator of the exhibition, Alessio Geretti, believes the new show will help to revive an interpretation of the Book of Revelation as "a book of hope, where justice eventually triumphs".

"It is undeniably positive," he insists, "because we admire the marvels of Jerusalem the Golden in works that take one's breath away; but also because Revelation explains that while this tale of evil that intersects with the history of the world goes ahead, there is also a story of good that spreads everywhere. In the end the destiny of evil will be its ruin and its complete failure, while the good will triumph through all eternity."

2 comments:

Walt said...

It was quite painful. However, that last line may be going a bit too far.

Gashwin said...

[Walt informs me that this comment belongs to the post below about the sad performance of the Gamecocks against Vanderbilt earlier today. It has nothing to do with the End of Time, even as many Gamecock fans might have had apocalyptic -- and apoplectic -- fits during today's game!]