Torture and Eucharist: Theology, Politics, and the Body of Christ  -     By: William T. Cavanaugh
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Torture and Eucharist: Theology, Politics, and the Body of Christ

John Wiley & Sons / 1998 / Paperback

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In this engrossing analysis, the author contends that the Eucharist is the Church's response to the use of torture as a social discipline. The author develops a theology of the political which presents torture as one instance of a larger confrontation of power over bodies, both individual and social. He argues that a Christian practice of the political is embodied in Jesus' own torture at the hands of the powers of this world. The analysis of torture therefore is situated within wider discussions in the fields of ecclesiology and the state, social ethics and human rights, and sacrament theology. The book focuses on the experience of Chile and the Catholic church there, before and during the military dictatorship from 1973-1990. The book uses this example to examine the theocratic bases of 20th century 'social Catholicism' and its inability to resist disciplines of the state, in contrast to a truer Christian practice of the political in the Eucharist. 286 page softcover from Blackwell Publishers.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: John Wiley & Sons
Publication Date: 1998
Dimensions: 9 X 6 X 3/4 (inches)
ISBN: 0631211993
ISBN-13: 9780631211990
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Series: Challenges in Contemporary Theology

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Author Bio

William T. Cavanaugh is Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of St Thomas, St Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of several articles, including A Fire Strong Enough to Consume the House: The Wars of Religion and the Rise of the State (Modern Theology, Vol. 11 No. 4, 1995).

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"Cavanaugh begins with an engrossing analysis of the dynamics oftorture and disappearance as a mode disciplining the body politic.He judiciously uses psychological and social scientific sourceswithout letting them override the theological focus of the book. Hethen gives an equally engrossing account of the Church in Chileunder Pinochet. His analyses both of Maritain and the 'NewChristendom' ecclesiology provide as interesting critique of thefailures of the Church to respond to Pinochet's repression, whilehis concluding chapter on eucharistic theology points towards thesource of the successful responses made by the Church. Particularlyuseful and interesting is the way in which eucharistic theology istied to concrete eucharistic practice. The book is extremely wellwritten and engaging." Frederick C. Bauerschmidt, Loyola Collagein Maryland

"This is a very important book. It should be mandatory readingfor anybody concerned with the issue of torture, and will be ofvital interest to all those of us involved in Amnesty Internationaland human rights organisations. It has an appeal and a significancefar beyond the classroom. Though it is much more theological thanHelen Prejean, in its narrative power it has some affinities withDead Man Walking and will likewise speak to those outsidethe church." T. J. Gorringe, University of St Andrews

"Torture and Eucharist not only has superb qualities as atextbook, but is an outstanding piece of creative ecclesiology.Drawing on the work of scholars such as Milbank, Hauerwas,MacIntryre and Lindbeck, Cavanaugh moves ecclesiology out of therealm of the abstract ands ideal into the real world where theChristian Church must struggle to witness to the gospel. In doingso he shifts the Church into a new and much more exciting area ofinquiry" Nicholas Healy, St Johns University, New York

"Cavanaugh's achievement is remarkable: profound theology linkedwith interviews and close social analysis, stimulating argument,and a tight yet imaginative writing style. The book deserves a wideaudience." L. Gregory Jone The Divinity School, DukeUniversity

"Why read such a book?....Here is authentic backgroundinformation relating to the possible extradition and further trialof General Pinochet.....Here is reflection on the church'stheological temptation to separate soul from body, spiritual frompolitical."Eleanor Kreider, lecturer in Worship and liturgy, RPCOxford

"The author... offers an elegantly written reflection on Church,Eucharist, and the politics within the context of the Pinochetregime following the overthrow of Allende in Chile."FirstThings

"This is theology made flesh in the story of Pinochet'sChile....I greatly acknowledge that it is a great measure of thesuccess of the book that it causes such unease."Peter Cornwell,The Tablet

"His analysis is a closely disciplined, well informed study ofthe self-discernment and conduct of the Roman Catholic Church underthe Pinochet regime in Chile...I found this a hard read, butbreath-taking. I have not read anything in a long time that somoved, so disturbed, and so educated." Walter Brueggeman,Columbia Theological Seminary, Theology Today

"...the book has broadened my understanding of the theo-politicsof torture. Those who are working against the practice of torturewill benefit from reading this well-written book." Eleazar S.Fernandez, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities inReligious Studies Review

"Cavanaugh's book combines narrative and argument, isbeautifully written and presents us with a creative ecclesiology."International Journal in Philosophy and Theology

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