More precisely, I will focus on the image of the worm, which Dionysius considers the vilest and most dissimilar image applied to the divine Thearchy
. I will try to show that the worm, with its multiple and contradictory attributes, is indeed the best example for Dionysius' "absurd theology" of the dissimilar images, since it perfectly fits the complex and paradoxical Dionysian view of the relationship/nonrelationship between God and the world.
See also "The Threat of Thearchy
" by Arnold Brown and "Humanity's Common Values: Seeking a Positive Future" by Wendell Bell in THE FUTURIST, September-October 2004.
2.1 [392A] in Leubheid 200.) Balthasar compares the term hierarchy with thearcy: "If thearchy
means the principle of all divine being, or of all divinization, then hierarchy can only mean the principle, foundation, effective form of holiness and sanctification" (The Glory of the Lord 2.202).
The book with very little exaggeration might be called "in praise of the Achaian nation." He ascribed great importance to the Phoenician element in Greece and claimed that Ulysses and Ithaca showed "distinct Phoenician characters." But "the two ideas in Homer that are really cardinal, central, generative, are the nation, and its reflection in the Thearchy, or Olympic society." Homer "had to launch into the world the Greek idea," a nation and its religion.
The idea of Thearchy had not been present in Gladstone's first discussion of Homeric religion.
We are increasingly seeing another element introduced into this conflict: rule by God, or thearchy (as opposed to theocracy, rule by priests).
Within the Western world, proponents of thearchy would probably not be able to have much effect by themselves.