Theory of Religion
Zone Books, 1989 - 126 páginas
Theory of Religion brings to philosophy what Georges Bataille's earlier book The Accursed Share brought to anthropology and history, namely, an analysis based on notions of excess and expenditure. No other work of Bataille's, and perhaps no other work anywhere since Weber's Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, has managed to draw so incisively the links between man's religious and economic activities.
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When the offered animal enters the circle in which the priest will immolate it , it
passes from the world of things which are closed to man and are nothing to him ,
which he knows 43 Sacrifice, the Festival, and the Principles of the Sacred World.
This is the sense in which it is gift and relinquishment , but what is given cannot
be an object of preservation for the receiver : the gift of an offering makes it pass
precisely into the world of abrupt consumption . This is the meaning of “
The violence of evil must intervene for the order to be lifted through a destruction ,
but the offered victim is itself the divinity . The principle of mediation is given in
the sacrifice where the offering is destroyed so as to open a path for the return of