I think the most influential aspect of my work is to show that Judaism and Christianity exist in a continuity with archaic religions.
Why is our own participation in scapegoating so difficult to perceive and the participation of others so easy? To us, our fears and prejudices never appear as such because they determine our vision of people we despise, we fear, and against whom we discriminate.
I am fundamentally an anthropologist and a rationalist. What I say is that human societies are very different from what specialists call 'animal society' because the former have religion.
The distance between Don Quixote and the petty bourgeois victim of advertising is not so great as romanticism would have us believe.
I think that historical processes have meaning and that we have to accept this - or else face utter despair.
When the whole world is globalized, you're going to be able to set fire to the whole thing with a single match.
Salvation lies in imitating Christ, in other words, in imitating the 'withdrawal relationship' that links him with his Father... To listen to the Father's silence is to abandon oneself to his withdrawal, to conform to it.