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A Detective Story

F. S. Naiden

in Smoke Signals for the Gods

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199916405
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980277 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916405.003.0007
A Detective Story

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The roots of contemporary views of sacrifice, traced to the nineteenth century in chapter 1, go back to early Christianity, especially Saint Paul, who regards sacrifice as a communal act of vicarious violence. The accompanying attack on pagan, especially Greek, sacrifice only lost appeal when missionaries in the New World began to compare ancient peoples to Indians, and when Englishtenment writers compared ancient sacrifice to Christian, but to the advantage of the ancients, or in order to condemn both, and when the Romantic reaction to the Enlightenment lead to the justification of sacrifice on new grounds. Only then did sacrifice take on the sense of “self-sacrifice” that is now common

Keywords: Christianity; Enlightenment; missionaries

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Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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