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
belongs to a body of King's work that is prophetic in the style of the Hebrew Bible. The Hebrew prophets do not make empirical predictions. Amos does not inform us that justice will soon roll down as waters and righteousness as a mighty stream. The
van Buren and the liberation theologians he had read, he interprets the Christian doctrine of the incarnation (God made human in the person of Jesus) as demonstrating the centrality of the world and history for Christianity. The ethics of the Hebrew