By Ulrich Simon
For hundreds of years, the writer argues, Christian theology has preached the move and denied the tragic truth of the human . while the secular global has denied the go and absorbed unending acts of violence and catastrophe. This publication isn't really thinking about the horrors of conflict and fact of clash, yet with their consistent strain upon Western tradition. beginning with the Biblical culture and recalling the triumphs of the Athenian level, the writer strains the energy of either during the improvement of the theatre and of ecu literature. This survey results in the 20 th century and attracts conclusions that are severe of inexpensive religiosity. It proposes a suitable synthesis of Christian lifestyles and tragic involvement.
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Death is preferable to the bitterness of soul, the grave better than treasures, for all efforts on earth, all successes and triumphs such as experienced by Job in his days of prosperity, are void; houses, silver, gold seem real enough but cease to be when God hedges man in. Job is no Prometheus, yet his plaint may evoke echoes of the tortured son of a god who is being eaten alive as his liver is pecked by the eagle of Zeus. ' (Sophocles, Philoctetes, 797-8). However suicidal Job may feel, he no more takes his own life than Philoctetes.
The prince has become servant, the meekest of men. Legend upon legend dwells upon Moses. The Law and suffering for the Law are the main Jewish themes. The death of Moses remains a scandal, for Moses remains in the tradition the champion of life. Why does this hero reject death until he is exhausted physically and mentally? Moses is all-too-human in his comitment to life, to his people, to the future. His passion for God sustains his passion for justice, his failure as an orator annuls his influence.
On the one hand Moses succeeds in the mission to the Hebrews and ultimately to their taskmaster, the Pharaoh, and after endless prevarications leads them into the glory of the Exodus, to victory and freedom; on the other, he endures the people's cowardice, disobedience, rebellion, apostasy. Moreover, brother and sister - Aaron and Miriam - offer their ecstatic and priestly office to condone fornication and idolatry. When Moses returns from the mountain with a shining face, he confronts the historical reality and becomes judge and intercessor at the same time.