This article argues a case against the theory of the sacred put forward by the French anthropologist René Girard. In particular, Girard seems to have obliterated one of the tenets of Christian theology, namely, the doctrine of Christ's ascension, in accord with his critical reading of Paul's letter to the Hebrews, which contains a rare emphasis on Christ's departure from the world. This article adopts a 'neo-Hobbesian' perspective in understanding the return of the sacred and fosters a 'political theology of the empty tomb', where the doctrine of Christ's ascension is called upon to again play a major theological role as a workable antidote to the contemporary resurgence of the sacred.
Christianity and the Return of the Sacred
Theory and Interpretation in the Justification of Colonialism
Natural Rights and could be overridden by the mission of the Church to propagate the teachings of Christ. On the question of public sovereignty, Innocent IV determined infidels had the right to constitute their own governments, and rule themselves, but
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. Thus, to learn a language is at the same time to assimilate, critically or not, the epistemological paradigm borne by the language. The Negro used also the epistemological paradigm of the slave master – for example, the appropriation of Jesus Christ
Simon Tormey and Jean-Paul Gagnon
sure we’re doing a good job and open the opportunity to rotate elites. Christ! We’re now confronted with the opposite and fervent problem, which I try to capture with the concept of clamor, resonance, and turbulence. I do this because this too is going