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Conspiracy theories abounded about groups who were allegedly abusing children in day-care centers, impregnating girls for infant sacrifice, brainwashing adults, and even controlling the highest levels of government. As historian of religions David Frankfurter listened to these sinister theories, it In the s, America was gripped by widespread panics about Satanic cults. As historian of religions David Frankfurter listened to these sinister theories, it occurred to him how strikingly similar they were to those that swept parts of the early Christian world, early modern Europe, and postcolonial Africa. He began to investigate the social and psychological patterns that give rise to these myths. Thus was born Evil Incarnate, a riveting analysis of the mythology of evilconspiracy.

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Reviews 6 In the s, America was gripped by widespread panics about Satanic cults. Conspiracy theories abounded about groups who were allegedly abusing children in day-care centers, impregnating girls for infant sacrifice, brainwashing adults, and even controlling the highest levels of government.

As historian of religions David Frankfurter listened to these sinister theories, it occurred to him how strikingly similar they were to those that swept parts of the early Christian world, early modern Europe, and postcolonial Africa.

He began to investigate the social and psychological patterns that give rise to these myths. In Evil Incarnate, Frankfurter deepens historical awareness that stories of Satanic atrocities are both inventions of the mind and perennial phenomena, not authentic criminal events. He is the author of the acclaimed Religion in Roman Egypt Princeton , which won the award for excellence in the historical study of religion from the American Academy of Religion.

In documenting the harm done by labeling others evil, he poses a challenge to those of us who believe, however regretfully, in the necessity of the concept. At the heart of moral panics—witch crazes, red scares, rumors of Satanic ritual abuse, and others—he perceives not evil as an entity or sinister force, but rather a discourse of evil that draws on old traditions and common fantasies to stimulate horror, shock, and also prurient pleasure.

Drawing on a great many examples and much prior research, he makes a strong—and profoundly moral—argument. The great merit of this elegantly written, substantial book is that it moves us beyond a rather particularistic attitude toward separate, locally bounded cases and shows that there is a system in the variegated realm of evil.

Few authors have the range, the vision, and the boldness to break through the disciplinary and chronological boundaries to bring off a book like this.

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Conspiracy theories abounded about groups who were allegedly abusing children in day-care centers, impregnating girls for infant sacrifice, brainwashing adults, and even controlling the highest levels of government. As historian of religions David Frankfurter listened to these sinister theories, it occurred to him how strikingly similar they were to those that swept parts of the early Christian world, early modern Europe, and postcolonial Africa. He began to investigate the social and psychological patterns that give rise to these myths. Thus was born Evil Incarnate, a riveting analysis of the mythology of evilconspiracy. The first work to provide an in-depth analysis of the topic, the book uses anthropology, the history of religion, sociology, and psychoanalytic theory, to answer the questions "What causes people collectively to envision evil and seek to exterminate it?

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Evil Incarnate: Rumors of Demonic Conspiracy and Ritual Abuse in History

Yolkis Thus, he maintains, panics over modern-day infant sacrifice are really not so different from rumours about early Christians engaging in infant feasts during the second and third centuries in Rome. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities incarnaet social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Thus, he maintains, panics over modern-day infant sacrifice are really not so different from rumors about early Christians engaging in infant feasts during the second and third centuries in Rome. Vertaling Originele Titel Evil Incarnate: Christianizing Egypt David Frankfurter How does a culture become Christian, especially one that is heir to such ancient traditions and spectacular monuments as Egypt? This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Frankfurter incarnat these repeated elements with illuminating clarity and wide-ranging learning Chapters Four and Five explicate the common features of the stories that these experts convey to their audiences, the actual content of many of these myths of evil conspiracy.

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Reviews 6 In the s, America was gripped by widespread panics about Satanic cults. Conspiracy theories abounded about groups who were allegedly abusing children in day-care centers, impregnating girls for infant sacrifice, brainwashing adults, and even controlling the highest levels of government. As historian of religions David Frankfurter listened to these sinister theories, it occurred to him how strikingly similar they were to those that swept parts of the early Christian world, early modern Europe, and postcolonial Africa. He began to investigate the social and psychological patterns that give rise to these myths. In Evil Incarnate, Frankfurter deepens historical awareness that stories of Satanic atrocities are both inventions of the mind and perennial phenomena, not authentic criminal events. He is the author of the acclaimed Religion in Roman Egypt Princeton , which won the award for excellence in the historical study of religion from the American Academy of Religion.

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Malakasa Few scholars, for example, have explored the very interesting parallels between the religious world of the late Roman period and the early modern one where we see similar religious tensions at play. He saves his most dramatic demonstration of this point for the final paragraph of the book in which he documents recent cases of actual ritual abuse. What is exciting is his non-reductive causal approach, and the fluid, multi-layered perspectives from which he engages his topic. Vertaling Originele Titel Evil Incarnate: David Frankfurter Religion in Roman Egypt 36, In Evil Incarnate, Frankfurter deepens historical awareness that stories of Satanic atrocities are both inventions of the mind and perennial phenomena, not authentic criminal events.

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