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The Body of the Cross: Holy Victims and the Invention of the Atonement

Travis E. Ables


The Body of the Cross is a study of holy victims in Western Christian history, and how their deaths led to the idea of the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice. Since its first centuries, Christianity has traded on the suffering of victims who were substitutes for the Christian social body. They secured holiness for the church by their own sacred power, or by their reprobation and rejection. Martyrs, mystics, and heretics suffered and died for the community, which expressed the power of their tortured flesh in eucharistic, social, and christological forms. Jesus Christ was one of those holy su ... More

Keywords: atonement, body, Christology, cross, heresy, martyrdom, religious violence, sacraments, saints

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780823297993
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823297993.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Travis E. Ables, author
Regis University