William Stringfellow, Part 7: Stratagems of the worldly powers

"The Tower of Babel" (בָּבֶל מִגְדַּל), by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1563)

Continuing my series on Stringfellow’s An Ethic for Christians and Other Aliens in a Strange Land (1973).


When William Stringfellow uses the biblical language of the Book of Revelation, he is not referring to beings or events of some future supernatural “end time.”  He is using it—as did Revelation’s author and first audience—to refer poetically to things of this present world, this mortal human world.

Chapter 4 is “Stratagems of the demonic powers.”  The demonic denies

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