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Sacrifice and Modern Thought
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Sacrifice and Modern Thought

Julia Meszaros and Johannes Zachhuber

Abstract

Sacrifice is at the heart of traditional religion and has therefore always been a main focus in the study of religion. In many ways its study seems to be emblematic for the promises as well as the difficulties that have beset this academic field overall: understanding its significance appears to offer the key for some of the most central elements of human interaction, such as gift exchange, renunciation, or violence; at the same time the very attempt to conceptualize sacrifice in a way not already presupposing a particular framework of interpretation (for example that of Christian theology) se ... More

Keywords: sacrifice, modernity, theology, anthropology, literature, film studies, gift exchange, renunciation, violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199659289
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659289.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julia Meszaros, editor
Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Catholic University of Leuven

Johannes Zachhuber, editor
Reader of Theology, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford