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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The supreme being , the sovereign deity , the god of heaven , is generally only a
more powerful god of the same nature as the others . The gods are simply
mythical spirits , without any substratum of reality . The spirit that is not
subordinated to ...
The violence thus lifts and preserves the order of things , irrespective of a
vengeance that may or may not be pursued . In death the divinity accepts the
sovereign truth of an unleashing that overturns the order of things , but it deflects
... effective from the standpoint of development ) by revolutionary means . But no
one disputes the principle of this sovereignty of servitude . Indeed , nothing can
be opposed to it that might destroy it . For none of the former sovereign entities is