Sacrifice and Modern Thought

Hardcover | October 26, 2013

EditorZachhuber, Johannes, Julia Meszaros

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Sacrifice has always been central to the study of religion yet attempts to understand and assess the concept have usually been controversial. The present book, which is the result of several years of interdisciplinary collaboration, suggests that in many ways the fascination with sacrifice hasits roots in modernity itself. Theological developments following the Reformation, the rediscovery of Greek tragedies, and the encounter with the practice of human sacrifice in the Americas triggered a complex and passionate debate in the sixteenth century which has never since abated. Contributors to this volume, leading experts from theology, anthropology, and literary and cultural studies, describe and discuss how this modern fascination for the topic of sacrifice has evolved, how it has shaped theological debate, the literary imagination, and anthropological theory. Individualchapters discuss in depth major theological trajectories, theories of sacrifice including those of Marcel Mauss and Rene Girard, and current feminist criticism. They engage with sacrifice in the context of religious and philosophical thought, works of literature and film. They explore different yetoverlapping aspects of modernity's obsession with sacrifice. The book does not intend to impose a single narrative over all these diverse contributions but brings them into a conversation around a common centre.

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Sacrifice has always been central to the study of religion yet attempts to understand and assess the concept have usually been controversial. The present book, which is the result of several years of interdisciplinary collaboration, suggests that in many ways the fascination with sacrifice hasits roots in modernity itself. Theological ...

Johannes Zachhuber is Reader of Theology in the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford. Julia Meszaros is Postdoctoral Researcher in the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of Leuven.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:October 26, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199659281

ISBN - 13:9780199659289

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Johannes Zachhuber and Julia Meszaros: Introduction1. Johannes Zachhuber: Modern Discourse on Sacrifice and its Theological Background2. Pamela S. Anderson: Sacrifice as self-destructive love : why autonomy should still matter to feminists3. Paul S. Fiddes: Sacrifice, Atonement and Renewal: Intersections between Girard, Kristeva and von Balthasar4. Julia Meszaros: Sacrifice and the self5. Wolfgang Palaver: Sacrificial Cults as the Mysterious Centre of Every Religion : A Girardian Assessment of Aby Warburg s Theory of Religion6. Jessica Frazier: From Slaughtered Lambs to Dedicated Lives: Sacrifice as Value-Bestowal7. Gavin Flood: Sacrifice as Refusal8. Sacrifice in Recent Roman Catholic Thought: From Paradox to Polarity, and Back Againa9. Nick Allen: Using Hubert and Mauss to think about sacrifice10. Laura Rival: The Aztec Sacrificial Complex11. David Brown: Human Sacrifice and Two Imaginative Worlds, Aztec and Christian. Finding God in Evil12. Bettina E. Schmidt: Blood Sacrifice as a Symbol of the Paradigmatic Other: The debate about ebo-rituals in the Americas13. Jon Pahl: Apocalypse and Sacrifice in Modern Film: American Exceptionalism and a Scandinavian Alternative14. Derek Hughes: Human Sacrifice and the Literary Imagination