The Altars of the Idols: Religion, Sacrifice, and the Early Modern Polity

  title={The Altars of the Idols: Religion, Sacrifice, and the Early Modern Polity},
  author={Jonathan Sheehan},
  journal={Journal of the History of Ideas},
  pages={649 - 674}
  • J. Sheehan
  • Published 2006
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of the History of Ideas
This essay is an attempt to think through some of the problems of idolatry and sacrifice for the early modern period and more generally, for the constitution of religious and political community. In particular, it argues that the altars of the idols condensed two problems: first, the problem of communion, and specifically the Protestant ability to communicate with God; and second, the problem of distinction. At a time when the nature of the religious polity was in question, the analysis of… Expand
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