Nowhere is the breathtaking scope and audacity of Ellacuria's "imagination of peace" clearer than in chapters 1 and 2, texts by Ellacuria himself: his letter to Archbishop Oscar Romero of April 9, 1977 ("I have seen the finger of God in your action"); and chapter 2, his last major essay completed months before his assassination, "Utopia and Propheticism
from Latin America," in which Ellacuria dares "a new approach to history" (8) buoyed by the dynamism of Christian faith in the incarnate Word who "became history" (9).
It was not started by the spirit of Israelite propheticism
There Dionisio tapped into a long tradition of propheticism
combined with Venetian political mythology to express his hope that the Serenissima's secular leadership would bring about the reforms he sought.
The complex transformation of "le veau" into "le Messie charnel" indicates that Bernanos's propheticism
is as much the domain of the imagination as of the prophetic voice of the Bible.
Focal points include the grotesque and the sacred, contemporary iconography, visual biblical hermeneutics, propheticism
in pop culture, the spiritual practices of artistic expression, and worship in modern architecture.