This final chapter argues that while past eras instance several movements that are more than sporadic tremors of awakening—e.g. the monastic movement led by Francis of Assisi, the struggle for social justice led by Martin Luther King—a profound sleep has descended over most of the world for several decades now because of the triumph of global capitalism. In a March 2009 discourse delivered in Notre Dame Cathedral in the presence of the Bishop of Paris and other high-ranking clerics, Giorgio Agamben accused the Catholic Church of having forgotten its messianic calling. The chapter concludes that at this dark moment, more than ever, we should recall that, according to Paul, the awakening occurs punctually, at the moment when night has advanced to its furthest point, when especially deep darkness holds sway just before the dawn (Romans 13:12).
Columbia Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.
To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .