A Specter is Haunting Babel - The Specter of Language
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Urban theology begins with a biblical tale of two cities: Enoch, built by Cain, and Babel, destroyed by God. The fact that the pithy primeval story in Genesis 1-11 finds it necessary to develop separate critiques of the same phenomenon (soon to be tripled with the account of Sodom and Gomorrah) is enough to show why the city is seen not only as the foundation of the created world, but also as the fountain of our deepest human anxieties. Assuming that all our modern urban sensibilities are secularized theological sensibilities, I will take in this talk a tiger’s leap from the observation deck of the World Trade Center to the locked room at the seventh floor of the Babylonian Ziggurat.