Pitfalls in the Terminology of Sacrifice
Dr Tom O’Loughlin
Zoom: Thursday Nov 3rd 2022 at 8.00 PM
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church the sacrament of the Mass, the Eucharist, is called ‘the Holy Sacrifice because it makes present the one sacrifice of Christ the Saviour and includes the Church’s offering’. (1330)
In September 2022 Archbishop Eamon Martin asked Irish Catholics to think of making ‘personal sacrifices in answer to the cry of the Earth’.
And yet Christian ideas of sacrifice have been blamed by some historians for much of the violence of history, including the Crusades, the expansion of European imperialism and colonialism from c.1450, and the bloodletting of World War I.
So how are we to understand Christian sacrifice today, faced with 21st century challenges?
In examining aspects of the history of the idea of sacrifice, Dr Tom O’Loughlin, emeritus professor of historical theology at Nottingham University, will deal with “some of the pitfalls in the way we use the terminology of sacrifice”.
The Zoom link for this talk – Thursday Nov 3rd at 8.00 PM
Meeting ID: 992 418 6865
‘Sacrifice‘ is just one of a number of terms and concepts that can raise issues for the forming of an adult Christian faith. We are hoping to follow this talk with others on similar familiar but problematic terms. Suggestions for those will be welcome, at email@example.com .