The Tortured Body

Today we call your attention to an extraordinary essay written by the brave and brilliant Rebecca Gordon, in which she explores the implications of William Cavanaugh’s profound claim in Torture and Eucharist, that the state’s habitual practices of disappearance, rendition and torture cannot be separated from the church’s practice of celebrating the Eucharist. The entire essay (click the image) is worth a careful reading; the section Sanctus and Benedictus is excerpted below:

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Torture also exists as a teaching — indeed, has it become our most emblematic pedagogy?


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