The State is the Religion of the Hidden Corpse

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“An anthropological examination of Jesus gives us the key to understanding our current predicament, rife with boundless opportunities for liberty but also fraught with new attempts to sacrifice in the name of victims. Yet scholars have long been unable to account for Jesus’s enigmatic hints at the purpose of his cultural project.

The Gospel texts often quote Jesus asking, “What is the meaning of the saying, ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone‘?” Theologians miss it for the same reason we modernists miss it – ideological blindness. The former is trained only to study Jesus through theology, the study of God, to the exclusion of anthropology, the study of humankind. The latter is blinded by their assurance that rationalist ideologies have liberated us from our religious frame of reference.

Jesus intended to expose the state powers of the world as the religion of the hidden corpse. Jesus is wiser – he intended to expose the state powers of the world as the religion of the hidden corpse. The idiom he quotes is a Jewish Psalm reference to the ancient cornerstone ritual – a practice involving two stones, the first and last of a stronghold’s construction: one was the first foundation stone that bound together two structural layers and the other was the capstone, the final unique stone that kept it all together. The capstone was said to be rejected by the temple builders because of its misfit shape. The cornerstone was also used as a symbol for ancient gods and figureheads that nations would collectively imitate.

Jesus uses his teaching and execution as dramatic performance art – a way of exposing and deconstructing the secret violent origins of our state power structures. A few verses before Jesus’s cornerstone idiom illuminates his project further. He is riding into Jerusalem on a donkey – a satire on the power-dominance of sacrificial cult kings. The text says the crowd greets him with their favorite folk song references from their Bob Dylan, Zechariah’s greatest hits, “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey…Then he will bring out the Capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it!’” The religious leaders jealously demand that Jesus tell his fans to shut up. After all, the Chosen One they’ve been preaching is supposed to start a holy war – a sacrificial battle to save their nation from the wicked Romans.

The state – our old-time religion – will perish under the weight of its own lies. It’s up to us to form a new world order based on nonviolent cooperation and forbearance.”


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