Nation-states are fetishes. They have power because people believe in the need for their security. They have power because people will kill and die – and sometimes torture – for them. Christians in modernity have often bought into a devil’s bargain in which the state is given control of our bodies while the church supposedly retains our souls. This arrangement would be bad enough if it stopped there. But the state cannot be expected to limit itself to enough if it stopped there. But the state cannot be expected to limit itself to the body; it will colonize the soul as well. A secular faith will not stay long confined to some temporal sphere; the secular god is a jealous god. (William T Cavanaugh, Torture and Eucharist, p.195-196)

 

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