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Human Sacrifice

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Human Sacrifice by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton is a thought-provoking examination of the practice of ritual sacrifice throughout history and across different cultures. Acton delves into the origins and motivations behind this gruesome tradition, exploring its religious, social, and political significance.

The author does a thorough job of presenting a wide range of examples from various civilizations, from the Aztecs to the ancient Egyptians, shedding light on the diverse ways in which human sacrifice has been justified and carried out. Acton also discusses the psychological implications of this practice, highlighting the complex interplay of fear, power, and faith that often underlies it.

While the subject matter of Human Sacrifice is undeniably dark and disturbing, Acton approaches it with a level of scholarly precision and analytical depth that makes for a compelling read. This book is not for the faint of heart, but for those interested in delving into the darker recesses of human history and psychology, it provides a wealth of insights and information.

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This was one of Lord Acton's essays, that was in response to the publication of the letters between Sir Robert Peel and Lord Macaulay. Lord Acton hoped to refute the common prejudice that the religious practice of sacrificing human victims was not always carried out by unfeeling and uncivilized people, but was in some cases the development of an advanced theology. At the insistence of Lord Stanhope, Acton published the essay in the Home And Foreign Review in 1863.

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