Migrations of the Holy : God, State, and the Political Meaning of the Church

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  • Copyright: 2/10/2011
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co
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Whether one thinks that ˘religion÷ continues to fade or has made a comeback in the contemporary world, there is a common notion that ˘religion÷ went away some-where, at least in the West. Yet William Cavanaugh argues that religious fervor never left-it has only migrated toward a new object of worship. In Migrations of the Holy he examines the disconcerting modern transfer of sacred devotion from the church to the nation-state.

Author Biography

William T. Cavanaugh is senior research professor at the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology and professor of Catholic studies at DePaul University. His other books include The Myth of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict and Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
˘Killing for the Telephone Company÷: Why the Nation-State Is Not the Keeper of the Common Goodp. 7
From One City to Two: Christian Reimagining of Political Spacep. 46
Migrant, Tourist, Pilgrim, Monk: Identity and Mobility in a Global Agep. 69
Messianic Nation: A Christian Theological Critique of American Exceptionalismp. 88
How to Do Penance for the Inquisitionp. 109
The Liturgies of Church and Statep. 115
The Church as Politicalp. 123
The Sinfulness and Visibility of the Church: A Christological Explorationp. 141
A Politics of Vulnerabilityp. 170
Indexp. 196
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