Bóg, który powiedział wszystko. Mała hermeneutyka Janowej Apokalipsy w świetle wybranych świadectw hezychastycznych

Słowa kluczowe: hiddenness, Nietzscheism, hesychasm, aestheticization of religion, aesthetic cultivation, practical renewing, sensibility


The paper offers a contribution to the contemporary discussion on the hiddenness argument as it was formulated by J.L. Schellenberg. Starting from the famous statement of John of the Cross on the ultimate Word of God, it focuses on the Book of Revelation as somehow the very incarnation of such a word. Two rival interpretations of the chosen book are examined and confronted: one by D.H. Lawrence, and the other inspired by some selected writings of Silouan the Athonite. The former represents rather a critical and deconstructionist endeavour even if it is not totally deprived of a positive meaning (the forgotten vitality of the apocalyptic symbols). The latter suggests another hermeneutical possibility: the constructive and recapitulative one. This interpretation inspired by the exceptional hesychastic experience opens a practical orientation in reading of the Revelation and may be translated into more aesthetical terms. The perspective thus privileged to renew the senses seems to confirm backwardly the recapitulative reading following the hesychastic inspiration.