Child sacrifice is a theme running through the Jewish and Christian Bibles, from Abraham’s near-sacrifice of Isaac to the Christian idea that G*d the Father Himself sacrificed his Son. Bergmann is a Freudian psychoanalyst, which means that his writing is always good, even when his ideas get to be a bit wacky. But I don’t know that his ideas are as wacky as they at first seem: for instance, Bergmann suggests that the blood libel got a lot of its enduring traction from Christians repressing and projecting their discomfort with the cannibalistic implications of their own doctrines about Transubstantiation.
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- The Librarian on In the Shadow of Moloch: The Sacrifice of Children and Its Impact on Western Religions, by Martin S. Bergmann
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- Phyllis on Knights of Spain, Warriors of the Sun: Hernando de Soto and the South’s Ancient Chiefdoms, by Charles Hudson