Sacrifice, Social Order, and Vatican II – Nancy Jay

The post-Vatican II Church offers excellent sociological insight into the difficulty of maintaining a sacrificial cult and a sacred hierarchy in an industrialized, democratic, pluralistic world where structures of domination are not organized as descent systems, a world that, especially since the French Revolution, has increasingly lacked social structures that allow sacrificial ideology to be taken for granted. Agrarian feudal society was itself a plausibility structure for sacrificial religion. Life in late twentieth-century industrial cities offers little to support it and much to undermine it.

Jay, Nancy. 1992. Throughout your generations forever: sacrifice, religion, and paternity. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, p. 113

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