God on trial

@article{Willerslev2013GodOT,
  title={God on trial},
  author={R. Willerslev},
  journal={HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory},
  year={2013},
  volume={3},
  pages={140 - 154}
}
  • R. Willerslev
  • Published 2013
  • Philosophy
  • HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory
What would the story of Abraham’s near-sacrifice of Isaac look like through the value magnitude of Chukchi sacrifice, and vice versa? Drawing on the Dumontian idea that a dominant value contains its contrary within, I show that what counts as the dominant value in each of the two sacrificial traditions is so deeply co-implicated that trickery (Chukchi) becomes the shadow of faith (Abraham), and vice versa. At certain moments, one dominant value or the other is captured by its own shadow and… Expand
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