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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It organized a rational use of forces for the constant increase of power . The
methodical spirit of conquest is contrary to the spirit of sacrifice and the military
kings rejected sacrifice from the beginning . The principle of military order is the ...
The sacred is itself divided : the dark and malefic sacred is opposed to the white
and beneficent sacred and the deities that partake of the one or the other are
neither rational nor moral . By contrast , in the dualist evolution the divine
1 , in excluding violence by violence ( and he is less so than the excluded
violence , which is the necessary mediation of his divinity ) , but he is divine only
insofar as he opposes reason and the good ; and if he is a pure rational morality ,