As in Paradise Lost, the angels are in revolt against God. Anatole France’s satire of war, government, and religion offers an ever-resonant protest against. The Revolt of the Angels by Anatole France was published in and deals with Gnosticism and angels in the form of a novel. Anatole France was a French poet, journalist, and successful novelist with several best-sellers. La Revolte des Anges (Revolt of the Angels, ) is often considered Anatole France’s most profound and ironic novel. Loosely based on the.
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I have devoured the works of theologians, philosophers, physicists, geologists, and naturalists. I have lost my faith.
Arcade is many things. Arcade also has a place in Satanic literary tradition: An Epicurean under-current exists throughout the work: Mention of Gassendi is also made. The novel reminds one of the series Once Upon a Timewhere everyday characters in our world derive their transcendental identities from their heavenly origins—but instead of being drawn from fairy tales, these characters are drawn from the angelic hosts.
It also reminded me of the series Lucifer —which was recently cancelled by its network and will be rebooted on Netflix to give fans who were clamoring for more some semblance of closure. The Light-Bearer Lucifer himself is re-imagined in Chapter 18 as an angel of science and freedom. His counter-history is narrated by the most Epicurean of the characters in the novel: In order to enshrine Enlightenment values in the work, the author attributed these words to Lucifer upon being cast from heaven:.
Friends, if victory is denied us now, it is because we are neither worthy nor capable of victory. Let us determine wherein we have failed.
Nature shall not be ruled, the sceptre of the Universe shall not be grasped, Godhead shall not be won, save by knowledge alone. When she obeys us we shall be as gods ….
The rebel archetype is cast in heroic and noble relief when, at the crucial moment, Lucifer chooses anatoel to take heaven anatkle its former inhabitant, fearing that if he did, he would become in the end like his arch-enemy. He expounds the details of this choice to his angels in an epic speech, which gives the author an opportunity to furnish his critique of religion through the mouth of the Light-bearer.
Ialdabaoth is a name for the Demiurge or Divine Craftsman in anatol Gnostic tradition which was popular in Egypt when Christianity was young. The idea of the Demiurge ultimately has its roots in Platonism—and, in fact, Arcade exhibits a strong anti-Platonic spirit when he engages in debates with monks in a chapter which is just one of the many gems of great value in the novel.
The Revolt of the Angels by Anatole France
Naturally, he was syncretized into Jehovah of the Jews and Christians. I think Him limited, even very limited.
I no longer believe Rrvolt to be the only God. For a long time He did not believe it Himself; in the beginning He was a polytheist; later, His pride and the flattery of His worshippers made Him a monotheist. His ideas have little connection; He is less powerful than He is thought to be. And, to speak candidly, He is not so much a god as a vain and ignorant demiurge. Those who, like myself, know His true nature, call Him Ialdabaoth. Some Christians from ancient times—in order to address the obvious differences between the Old and New Testament Anels claimed that the false, jealous God of the Old Testament was the Demiurge, but that there was still a anatolw and true God above him who is the one that Jesus revealed in the Gospels.
This makes sense of John 8: He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him.
When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. If the God of the Jews is the Father of Lies, then the Father of Jesus must be a different person—to think otherwise would create too much cognitive dissonance, and history has shown that syncretistic appropriation is a convenient way for religious populations to resolve conflicts of this sort—hence the Ialdabaoth tradition, which had deep roots in Gnosticism. This proved quite popular, particularly in cosmopolitan Egypt, where people were often challenged with a vast variety of knowledge from different sources.
But the Gnostic flavor of Christianity would not survive. The Pauline Church of Rome sought by all the means at its disposal to do away with Gnosticism—as well as with any other competing version or interpretation of Christianity or the Bible—and to firmly establish its own salvific and exclusivist interpretation. This best served the interests of a Roman empire seeking to consolidate and to TEST the loyalties of its subjects. Either way, I think that understanding the Ialdabaoth tradition is useful but not necessary to the enjoyment of this work.
I absolutely relished every page of this novel.
The revolt of the angels
The historical period and the solidarity that existed in the Parisian left at the time the book was written, add another layer of complexity to the novel. I believe atheists, humanists and Epicureans will derive the most pleasure and inspiration from this book.
It is ultimately a book about rebelling against religious tyranny and totalitarianism. Then, as now, they showed themselves, for the most part, incapable of lofty thoughts, and in the fear of the Lord anstole their sole virtue. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account.
You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. In order to enshrine Enlightenment values in the work, the author attributed these words to Lucifer upon being cast rfance heaven: When she obeys us we shall be as gods … The rebel archetype is cast in heroic and noble relief when, at the crucial moment, Lucifer chooses not to take heaven from its former inhabitant, fearing that if he did, he would become in the end like his arch-enemy.
Conclusion I absolutely relished every page of this novel. Twitter Facebook More Google Email. About hiramcrespo Hiram Crespo is the author of ‘Tending the Epicurean Garden’ and founder of societyofepicurus. This entry was posted in AtheismBooksReview and tagged angelssatanism.
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