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A review of

Migrations of the Holy:
God, State and the Political Meaning of the Church.

By William Cavanaugh.

Review by Micah Weedman.

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Migrations of the Holy - William CavanaughMigrations of the Holy:
God, State and the Political Meaning of the Church.

William Cavanaugh.
Paperback: Eerdmans, 2011.
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When I was in seminary, I made it a point to carry with me my copy of William Cavanaugh’s Torture and Eucharist whenever  I could.  I can’t say for sure, of course, what my classmates made of this, if anything.  But I liked to think it gave me a certain seriousness.  The cover of the book alone—that stark, black border with the even starker picture in the middle and the simple but distressing title—seem to signal that the study of theology, or church, or even ministry wasn’t safe anymore.  Cavanaugh’s work, of course, merits serious devotion, though toting his books around isn’t necessary.  That it merits such devotion on the part of so many readers has to do with, I suspect, the reality that the truth of what he says renders so many of our inherited convictions about church, state and politics not just wrong, or upended, but unsafe.

In Cavanaugh’s newest book, Migrations of the Holy: God, State and the Political Meaning of the Church,  the author continues his previous work of exploring—and in most cases, exploding—the myths that we tend to associate with the role of the state, the mission of the church, and how these things relate to our understanding of God.  While it lacks the raw depth of Torture and Eucharist, the powerful coherence of Theopolitical Imagination or the accessibility of Being Consumed, the book presents a collection of previously-published essays that, when grouped together, take Cavanaugh’s work further than it’s gone before.

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An excerpt from

Migrations of the Holy:
God, State and the Political Meaning of the Church
.
William Cavanaugh.
Paperback: Eerdmans, 2011.
Buy now: [ ChristianBook.com ]

Read our review of this book