The Ark of Accompaniment: The Biblical Suspicion of Imperial Architecture, Part Two

Catholic Agitator, November 1996, 2 pp.

The history of culture suggests that one of the most primal human impulses is to try to institutionalize the divine presence in a sacred place, a shrine, or a cult. When such sites are established, a second impulse invariably follows: the cult becomes identified with political and/or economic attempts by powerful groups to consolidate their power within or among communities.

This represents the oldest and most ironic formula embodied in human religion: sacred sites that are supposed to mediate salvation and blessing also end up mediating the relations of power of the dominant culture. And it explains why early Israel, as an experiment in collective human freedom and dignity, was wary of official cults.

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