Horror, ecstasy, God: In memoriam, John Updike
Colledge, Richard 2009. Horror, ecstasy, God: In memoriam, John Updike. Ethics Education. 15 (1), pp. 42 - 60.
This paper looks to examine the closely connected themes of God’s existence, suffering and the goodness of the world in the work of American novelist, short-story writer, essayist and poet, John Updike, who died earlier this year. The text that structures the discussion is the syllogism he sets out in his semi-autobiographical work, Self-consciousness, which captures the thematic core of so much of his thought on these themes: viz, “If God does not exist, the world is a horror show; but the world is not a horror-show; therefore, God exists”. The discussion interweaves Updike with a various other conversation partners, in particular the late cultural anthropologist, Ernest Becker, and contemporary philosopher, William Desmond.
|Journal citation||15 (1), pp. 42 - 60|
|Publisher||Graduate school for research in philosophy and theology, Australian Catholic University|
|Open access||Open access|
|Page range||42 - 60|
|Research Group||School of Philosophy|
|Author's accepted manuscript|
|Place of publication||Australia|
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