Violence of Religion? From Sacral to Holy
Religion and Violence
Claudio Ciancio
Published 2017-09-08
https://doi.org/10.15388/Relig.2014.14-15.10824
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Keywords

religion
violence
holiness
sacrality
symbol

How to Cite

Ciancio, C. (2017) “Violence of Religion? From Sacral to Holy”, Religion and Culture, (14-15), pp. 44-56. doi: 10.15388/Relig.2014.14-15.10824.

Abstract

Among the major subjects allegedly responsible for social and political violence, there is religion. It is true that religion can promote intolerance and violence when the divine is objectified, i.e., has a form of the sacred. Without denying the symbolic dimension of religion, is necessary to purify it to access the divine in the form of the holy, the one for which it is configured as both absolutely transcendent and absolutely immanent. This thesis is illustrated here through an in­terpretation of the meaning of a religious feast and through the analysis of the Annunciation by Antonello da Messina.

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