On most of the paradisaical
islands (to which, as later in actual utopian narrative, the monks are guided by a marvelous creature, or around which they are guided by a resident), the voyagers find a community that has attained an advanced degree of spiritual practice that is enabled by the island's remote location and material nourishment.
(22) A final stage of human history will be that of eschatological judgment in which the Antichrist, who recapitulates in himself the history of sin will be thrown into the "lake of fire," (23) the wicked will be destroyed, and the just vindicated and "crowned with incorruption." (24) Irenaeus maintains his emphasis on the historicity of salvation even in an eschatological context by insisting, on the basis of Isaian and other biblical passages, on a millennial kingdom in which the righteous will enjoy a paradisaical
restoration of justice and material prosperity.
To desire a "transcendent" consciousness that would be "God-like" in its ability to comprehend the world from some external perspective, as though one were not complicit with the world, with the flesh, with the earth and labor, is just as problematic as desiring the state of paradisaical
innocence in Eden.
The quarrel is with the Western media portrayal of Euro-America as a sort of paradisaical
seventh heaven and Africa as a hopeless place inhabited by sub-humans.
Still, some consideration, for instance, of the primitivist impulse in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American life would have been helpful, particularly in light of the many ways the Ephrata Sabbatarians sought to restore the original, paradisaical
order of things.
Even as Pushkin--the roaming hermit of the preceding "Iz Pindemonti"--pretends to identify with the "hermit father" who composed the prayer, beautiful as it is, there are subtle indications that it does not produce in him the humility necessary for a Christian rebirth, for a release into paradisaical
"oblasti zaochny" (realms unseen).
Nose less stuffed, cough under control, but soul drooping once more, smack in the middle of a paradisaical
"I lament now, I must ever lament," she exclaims, "those few short months of Paradisaical
bliss; I disobeyed no command, I ate no apple, and yet I was ruthlessly driven from it.