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apocalyptic consciousness and alienation

November 29, 2011

Ever felt at home in creation but not in the world? It seems to me this captures something I am trying to articulate about apocalyptic consciousness.  It’s not about the difference between the wilderness and the built environment. It has to do with the phenomenology of life as gift vs life as possession. The lectionary text for this coming Sunday reminded me again of the sense of alienation that goes with apocalyptic alertness. 2 Peter 3:13 reads:

 

13But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.

We find ourselves living in a world in which righteousness is not at home. It is creation but it is not treated or perceived as such and so apocalyptic consciousness is alienated. Apocalyptic consciousness is called to a life of patience the premise of which is God’s patience with the world in anticipation of the renewal of creation and with it a creation-consciousness and a gift economy.

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