In this manner, we might say, the writer performs the action of sacralizing
the profane, finding the extraordinary in humdrum history.
Megalomania sends him galloping into geopolitical--and now meteorological--thickets, sacralizing
politics and bending theology to premature, intemperate policy endorsements," she said.
the Nation in Estonia and Poland in Raudvere, Catharina, Stala, Krzysztof, Willert, Trine Stauning (eds.
The mere fact of calling opinions anything other than "opinions" amounts to legitimizing and sacralizing
them as the true expression of a dogma inherent to Islam.
136) This point of view, consistent with Chemris's position (in Gongora's Soledades and the Problem of Modernity) that the Soledades signal the breakdown of the Early Modern subject, may explain the interest among so many seventeenth-century writers in sacralizing
gongorism and the Soledades.
As Blake later pointed out, the world was left bereft of properties of meaning and value because, as the Royal Society's Newtonian ideologues insisted, the universe was set and kept in motion by a push from an external and providential God, a "Deus Absconditus," a God exiled, not a God that was immanent in the world, sacralizing
it from within and providing for an inner source of dynamism responsible for motion.
He believed in certain notions that many historians nowadays find hard to swallow--that there is a human nature; that there is a fixed self; that there are moral as well as material differences between cultures and civilizations; that every historical judgment is a form of moral judgment; that man is a profoundly spiritual being whose search for transcendence is more than the mere sacralizing
of economic or social necessities.
Nevertheless, Newbigin was as suspicious of Islam's absolute identification of the law of the state with the law of God (the sacralizing
of politics) as he was of aspects of the Religious Right in the United States.
One is the stream of theologizing that derives from the work of Rene Girard who argues that the religious tradition of sacrifice involves sacralizing
the murder of a scapegoat by using the heuristic of divine retribution to rationalize it.
However, there was significant consensus in the conference that the Bible must not be utilized to justify oppression or supply simplistic commentary on contemporary events, thus sacralizing
the conflict and ignoring its socio-political, economic and historical dimensions.
Allegory always presupposes at least a potential sacralizing
power in language, and it is possible to write and to read allegory intelligently only in those cultural contexts which grant to language a significance beyond that belonging to a merely arbitrary system of signs.
of an early modern tendency toward secularization in the full sense of the term: as a sacralizing
accommodation of elevated religious motives both through and to the profane experience of daily life" (424).