Introduction: Sacrifice in modernity: community, ritual, identity

Marcel Poorthuis, Anne-marie Korte, Joachim Duyndam

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Sacrifice seems to belong to a religious context of the past. In Sacrifice in Modernity: Community, Ritual, Identity it is demonstrated how sacrificial themes remain an essential element in our post-modern society. The shaping of community, performing rituals and the search for identity, three main characteristics of traditional sacrifice, are dynamics of our modern times as well which cannot be understood without sacrificial awareness. This is demonstrated in such areas as the German poet Hölderlin, Harry Potter, martyrdom, the Twilight Saga, the Japanese writer Endo, Tarkovsky, movies and more.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSacrifice in Modernity: Community, Ritual, Identity
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Nationalism and Nonviolence to Health Care and Harry Potter
EditorsMarcel Poorthuis, Joachim Duyndam, Anne-marie Korte
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9789004332065
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016

Publication series

NameStudies in Theology and Religion


  • Sacrifice
  • modernity
  • autonomy
  • religion
  • Girard


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