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 ostentatious destruction of wealth ( thus human sacrifice , or even blood
sacrifice . . . ) . It condemns , in a general way , all ISI V useless consumption . But
it becomes possible only when sovereignty 70 RELIGION WITHIN THE LIMITS
But it becomes possible only when sovereignty , in the divine world , shifts from
the dark deity to the white , from the malefic deity to the protector of the real order
. In fact it presupposes the sanction of the divine order . In granting the operative
The deep affirmation of sacrifice , the affirmation of a dangerous sovereignty of
violence , at least tended to maintain an anguish that brought a longing for
intimacy to an awakened state , on a level to which violence alone has the force
to raise ...