Challenging deceptive sacrificial notions in Christianity (Alison, 2004)

And is the crucifixion, James, a religious overcoming of violence, or is it more of the same?

James Alison: It’s the subversion from within of the typical human sacrificial mechanism. If you like, it’s the undoing of religion from within. Now whether you call that religion or not is another matter, I mean the tendency of it is the possibility of the creation of what we would call a benign secular. I think that’s one of the key questions which we’re looking at now, in a world that seems suddenly to have got a lot more ‘religious’.

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