Beyond Sacred Violence

A Comparative Study of Sacrifice Kathryn McClymond. Beyond Sacred Violencea
Beyond Sacred Violence A Comparative Study of Sacrifice Kathryn McClymond.

Author: Kathryn McClymond

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801896293

Category: Religion

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For many Westerners, the term sacrifice is associated with ancient, often primitive ritual practices. It suggests the death—frequently violent, often bloody—of an animal victim, usually with the aim of atoning for human guilt. Sacrifice is a serious ritual, culminating in a dramatic event. The reality of religious sacrificial acts across the globe and throughout history is, however, more expansive and inclusive. In Beyond Sacred Violence, Kathryn McClymond argues that the modern Western world’s reductive understanding of sacrifice simplifies an enormously broad and dynamic cluster of religious activities. Drawing on a comparative study of Vedic and Jewish sacrificial practices, she demonstrates not only that sacrifice has no single, essential, identifying characteristic but also that the elements most frequently attributed to such acts—death and violence—are not universal. McClymond reveals that the world of religious sacrifice varies greatly, including grain-based offerings, precious liquids, and complex interdependent activities. Engagingly argued and written, Beyond Sacred Violence significantly extends our understanding of religious sacrifice and serves as a timely reminder that the field of religious studies is largely framed by Christianity. -- James Getz

Not Sparing the Child Human Sacrifice in the Ancient World and Beyond

She relegates violence to the background of ... Many widely recognized studies
in this vein have focused on violence as inherent to the human psyche or to
human ... Kathryn McClymond, Beyond Sacred Violence: A Comparative Study of

Author: Daphna Arbel

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780567352637

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

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The role of human sacrifice in the ancient Mediterranean world and its implications continue to be topics that fire the popular imagination and engender scholarly discussion and controversy. This volume provides balanced and judicious treatments of the various facets of these topics from a cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural perspective. It provides nuanced examinations of ancient ritual, exploring the various meanings that human sacrifice held for antiquity, and examines its varied repercussions up into the modern world. The book explores evidence to shed new light on the origins of the rite, to whom these sacrifices were offered, and by whom they were performed. It presents fresh insights into the social and religious meanings of this practice in its varied biblical landscape and ancient contexts, and demonstrates how human sacrifice has captured the imagination of later writers who have employed it in diverse cultural and theological discourses to convey their own views and ideologies. It provides valuable perspectives for understanding key cultural, theological and ideological dimensions, such as the sacrifice of Christ, scapegoating,self-sacrifice and martyrdom in post-biblical and modern times.

Children and Family in Late Antique Egyptian Monasticism

Through these exchanges, sacred relationships and communities are forged or
reinforced. Earliest asceticism ... Frequently monks maintained kinship networks
in the face of 26 24 McClymond, Beyond Sacred Violence, 29–33. 25
McClymond ...

Author: Caroline T. Schroeder

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107156876

Category: History

Page: 248

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This is the first book-length study of children in one of the birthplaces of early Christian monasticism, Egypt. Although comprised of men and women who had renounced sex and family, the monasteries of late antiquity raised children, educated them, and expected them to carry on their monastic lineage and legacies into the future. Children within monasteries existed in a liminal space, simultaneously vulnerable to the whims and abuses of adults and also cherished as potential future monastic prodigies. Caroline T. Schroeder examines diverse sources - letters, rules, saints' lives, art, and documentary evidence - to probe these paradoxes. In doing so, she demonstrates how early Egyptian monasteries provided an intergenerational continuity of social, cultural, and economic capital while also contesting the traditional family's claims to these forms of social continuity.

Ancient Mediterranean Sacrifice

Kathryn McClymond, Beyond Sacred Violence: A Comparative Study of Sacrifice
(Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008), 58. 73. McClymond, Beyond
Sacred Violence, 33. 74. McClymond, Beyond Sacred Violence, 44–64, at 64.

Author: Jennifer Wright Knust

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 9780199738960

Category: History

Page: 330

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An investigation of the multiple meanings and functions of sacrifice in diverse religious texts and practices from the late Hellenistic and Roman imperial periods.

Atonement Theories

McClymond goes further still, claiming that this particular interpretation of human
sacrifices superimposes ideas from Christianity itself: McClymond, Beyond
Sacred Violence. See also Goode, “Beyond Sacred Violence,” 476–86. 657.

Author: Ben Pugh

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781630874209

Category: Religion

Page: 204

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With the subject of the atonement of Christ attracting such a lot of polemical work at this time, it is easy to conclude that the current debate is generating more heat than light. Atonement Theories presents the beginning student, pastor, or researcher with an accessible and fair treatment of every school of thought on this subject. Atonement Theories significantly updates previous histories of the doctrine, providing analysis of some fascinating and highly significant recent developments. It also intriguingly highlights at various points where aspects of this central message of Christianity might find a connection within contemporary culture. This book will empower the reader to quickly gain a working knowledge of current debates and the history behind them.

Sacred Violence

One may not be able in this world to get beyond sacred violence , but one need
not pretend that violence is peace , security , patriotism , and the moral way to be
. One can relate to it hopefully or cynically , but one cannot relate innocently .

Author: Robert Hamerton-Kelly

Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Publishing

ISBN: IND:30000027193196

Category: Religion

Page: 230

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Sacrifice Imagined

Violence, Atonement, and the Sacred Douglas Hedley ... (1927) Centuries of
Meditations. London: Dobell, I, §60, p. 41. 2 McClymond, Kathryn. (2008) Beyond
Sacred Violence: A Comparative Study 161 9780826420619_web_mps_171.

Author: Douglas Hedley

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9780826420619

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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Sacrifice Imagined is an original exploration of the idea of sacrifice by one of the world's preeminent philosophers of religion. Despisers of religion have poured scorn upon the idea of sacrifice as an index of the irrational and wicked in religious practice. Nor does its secularised form seem much more appealing. One need only think of the appalling cult of sacrifice in numerous totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century. Yet sacrifice remains a part of our cultural and intellectual 'imaginary'. Hedley proposes good reasons to think that issues of global conflict and the ecological crisis highlight the continuing relevance of the topic of sacrifice for contemporary culture. The subject of sacrifice has been decisively influenced by two books: Girard's The Violence and the Sacred and Burkert's Homo Necans. Both of these are theories of sacrifice as violence. Hedley's book challenges both of these highly influential theories and presents a theory of sacrifice as renunciation of the will. His guiding influences in this are the much misunderstood Joseph de Maistre and the Cambridge Platonists.

Vedic Voices

Beyond Turk and Hindu. Rethinking Religious Identities in Islamicate South Asia.
Gainesville: ... McClymond, Kathryn. 2008. Beyond Sacred Violence: A
Comparative Study of Sacrifice. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
McGee ...

Author: David M. Knipe

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190266738

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

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For countless generations families have lived in isolated communities in the Godavari Delta of coastal Andhra Pradesh, learning and reciting their legacy of Vedas, performing daily offerings and occasional sacrifices. They are the virtually unrecognized survivors of a 3,700-year-old heritage, the last in India who perform the ancient animal and soma sacrifices according to Vedic tradition. In Vedic Voices, David M. Knipe offers for the first time, an opportunity for them to speak about their lives, ancestral lineages, personal choices as pandits, wives, children, and ways of coping with an avalanche of changes in modern India. He presents a study of four generations of ten families, from those born at the outset of the twentieth century down to their great-grandsons who are just beginning, at the age of seven, the task of memorizing their Veda, the Taittiriya Samhita, a feat that will require eight to twelve years of daily recitations. After successful examinations these young men will reside with the Veda family girls they married as children years before, take their places in the oral transmission of a three-thousand-year Vedic heritage, teach the Taittiriya collection of texts to their own sons, and undertake with their wives the major and minor sacrifices performed by their ancestors for some three millennia. Coastal Andhra, famed for bountiful rice and coconut plantations, has received scant attention from historians of religion and anthropologists despite a wealth of cultural traditions. Vedic Voices describes in captivating prose the geography, cultural history, pilgrimage traditions, and celebrated persons of the region. Here unfolds a remarkable story of Vedic pandits and their wives, one scarcely known in India and not at all to the outside world.

Sacred Violence

Beyond Belief: Islamist Strategic Thinking and International Relations Theory
Since the bombing attacks launched on the transport systems in Madrid in 2003
and London in 2005, and the discovery of similar plots between 2005 and 2013
in ...

Author: D. Jones

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137328069

Category: Social Science

Page: 270

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Sacred Violence and Religious Violence examines the place that ideology or political religion plays in legitimizing violence to bring about a purer world. In particular, the book examines Islamism and the western secular, liberal democratic responses to it.

Beyond Violence

A historian of religion who earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (1985),
Appleby is author of The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence, and
Reconciliation (Rowman 86 Littlefield, 2000) and coauthor, with Gabriel Almond

Author: James L. Heft

Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

ISBN: 0823223353

Category: Religion

Page: 144

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In an age of terrorism and other forms of violence committed in the name of religion, how can religion become a vehicle for peace, justice, and reconciliation? And in a world of bitter conflicts-many rooted in religious difference-how can communities of faith understand one another? The essays in this important book take bold steps forward to answering these questions. The fruit of a historic conference of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scholars and community leaders, the essays address a fundamental question: how the three monotheistic traditions can provide the resources needed in the work of justice and reconciliation. Two distinguished scholars represent each tradition. Rabbis Irving Greenberg and Reuven Firestone each examine the relationship of Judaism to violence, exploring key sources and the history of power, repentance, and reconciliation. From Christianity, philosopher Charles Taylor explores the religious dimensions of "categorical" violence against other faiths, other groups, while Scott Appleby traces the emergence since Vatican II of nonviolence as a foundation of Catholic theology and practice. Mustafa Ceric, Grand Mufti of Bosnia, discusses Muslim support of pluralism and human rights, and Mohamed Fathi Osman examines the relationship between political violence and sacred sources in contemporary Islam. By focusing on transformative powers of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the essays in this book provide new beginnings for people of faith committed to restoring peace among nations through peace among religions.

The Gospel and the Sacred

Poetics of Violence in Mark Robert Hamerton-Kelly. vengeance . ... The Gospel
achieves a critical advance beyond sacred violence by certain elements in the
plot that prevent it from becoming just another violent circle . These elements are

Author: Robert Hamerton-Kelly

Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Publishing

ISBN: UOM:49015001464909

Category: Religion

Page: 175

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In six lucid chapters, the author displays a remarkable perspective on the inner workings of the Markan text. Taking the account of the cleansing of the Temple as his starting point, he describes the relation in Mark of the Sacred, violence, the scapegoat, and also the poetics of faith.

Beyond Idols

The sacred does provide a veil, however, over the awareness of human anguish
and of the violence that often permeates both the local community and the nation.
It is this most carefully guarded veil, I am arguing, that must be lifted if a society ...

Author: Richard K. Fenn

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198032854

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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This book attempts to articulate the nature of a secular society, describe its benefits, and suggests the conditions under which such a society could emerge. To become secular, argues Fenn, is to open oneself and one's society to a wide range of possibilities, some interesting and exciting, some burdensome and dreadful. While some sociologists have argued that a "Civil Religion" is necessary to hold together our newly "religionless" society, Fenn urges that there is nothing to fear--and everything to gain--from living in a society that is not bound together by sacred memories and beliefs, or by sacred institutions and practices.


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An international review.

Religious Radicalization and Securitization in Canada and Beyond

In such ways, violence and the sacred are intertwined not just metaphorically or
symbolically but in very real, practical terms. To kill becomes, within this
framework of interpretation, a deeply spiritual and compassionate deed that
enhances the ...

Author: Paul Bramadat

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9781442665408

Category: Political Science

Page: 344

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After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, those in London and Madrid, and the arrest of the “Toronto 18,” Canadians have changed how they think about terrorism and security. As governments respond to the potential threat of homegrown radicalism, many observers have become concerned about the impact of those security measures on the minority groups whose lives are “securitized.” In Religious Radicalization and Securitization in Canada and Beyond, Paul Bramadat and Lorne Dawson bring together contributors from a wide range of academic disciplines to examine the challenges created by both religious radicalism and the state’s and society’s response to it. This collection takes a critical look at what is known about religious radicalization, how minorities are affected by radicalization from within and securitization from without, and how the public, media, and government are attempting to cope with the dangers of both radicalization and securitization. Religious Radicalization and Securitization in Canada and Beyond is an ideal guide to the ongoing debates on how best to respond to radicalization without sacrificing the commitments to multiculturalism and social justice that many Canadians hold dear.

Guant namo and Beyond

and Virtuous Cycles in Prosecuting Terrorism: The Diplock Court Experience.

Author: Fionnuala Ni Aoláin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107470002

Category: Law

Page: 408

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The Military Commissions scheme established by President George W. Bush in November 2001 has garnered considerable controversy. In parallel with the detention facilities at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, the creation of military courts has focused significant global attention on the use of such courts to process and try persons suspected of committing terrorist acts or offenses during armed conflict. This book brings together the viewpoints of leading scholars and policy makers on the topic of exceptional courts and military commissions with a series of unique contributions setting out the current 'state of the field'. The book assesses the relationship between such courts and other intersecting and overlapping legal arenas including constitutional law, international law, international human rights law, and international humanitarian law. By examining the comparative patterns, similarities and disjunctions arising from the use of such courts, this book also analyzes the political and legal challenges that the creation and operation of exceptional courts produces both within democratic states and for the international community.

Violence Desire and the Sacred Volume 2

What form of punishment might be involved if this is the nature of judgment and if,
contrary to the false sacred, our God is ... account, seeking a scriptural route
beyond a violently punitive god, actually make things worse for victims of abuse?

Author: Scott Cowdell

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781623562557

Category: Philosophy

Page: 304

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This collection of state of the art interpretations of the thought of René Girard follows on from the volume Violence, Desire, and the Sacred: Girard's Mimetic Theory Across the Disciplines (2012). The previous collection has been acclaimed for demonstrating and showcasing Girard's mimetic theory at its inter-disciplinary best by bringing together scholars who apply Girard's insights in different fields. This new volume builds on and extends the work of that earlier collection by moving into new areas such as psychology, politics, classical literature, national literature, and practical applications of Girard's theory in pastoral/spiritual care, peace-making and religious thought and practice.

Religious and Ritual Change

The Sacred Self : A Cultural Phenomenology of Charismatic Healing . Berkeley :
University of California Press . Csordas , Thomas 1997 . ... Beyond Sacred
Violence . A Comparative Study of Sacrifice . Baltimore , MD : The Johns Hopkins

Author: Pamela J. Stewart


ISBN: STANFORD:36105132252896

Category: Social Science

Page: 371

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The topic of religious and ritual change, including conversion from one modality of practices to another, has emerged in recent years as a prime focus of scholarly attention in anthropology and related disciplines, such as history, sociology, political science and religious studies. Conversion to Christianity is one focus that has developed within this broad and dynamic field of investigations. This edited volume is a unique set of studies that explores this field further, with a doubly innovative approach. First, the chapters represent a collaboration of leading scholars from Taiwan and from the USA and Europe. Second, the studies involve a comparative dimension, juxtaposing work done among indigenous Austronesian minorities in Taiwan and work done in the Pacific Islands (Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands). Within this collection of essays, common processes of change are evident, while the importance of specific histories is revealed, and analytical and theoretical issues are probed and reviewed in ways that demonstrate their relevance to the overall dimensions of comparison. No other work in this arena of study has brought together scholars with such a comparative framework in mind. This volume is relevant for scholars and students of religious change generally, as well as those readers who are interested in the wider Asia-Pacific region, minority groups, Christianity, indigenous movements, and the socialization of the ritual body in contexts of historical and cosmological change.


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Violence Desire and the Sacred Volume 1

He is the author of seven books, most recently Abiding Faith: Christianity Beyond
Certainty, Anxiety, and Violence (Cascade, 2009), and the forthcoming René
Girard and Secular Modernity: Christ, Culture, and Crisis (University of Notre
Dame ...

Author: Scott Cowdell

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441165053

Category: Religion

Page: 312

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Violence, Desire and the Sacred presents the most up-to-date inter-disciplinary work being developed with the ground-breaking insights of René Girard's mimetic theory. The collection showcases the work of outstanding scholars in mimetic theory and how they are applying and developing Girard's insights in a variety of fields. Girard's mimetic insight has provided a fruitful way for different disciplines, such as literature, anthropology, theology, religion studies, cultural studies, and philosophy, to engage on common anthropological ground, with a shared understanding of the human person. The aim of this edited collection is to present this interdisciplinary work and to illustrate how Girard's insights provide fertile ground for bringing together disparate disciplines in a shared purpose. As academic work on Girard's insights is growing, this collection would meet the need to show the critical, interdisciplinary applications of these insights.