"Eliade repeatedly uses the term “Hierophany” to describe the process of sacralization, in which an otherwise ordinary object becomes transfigured into a new, sacred reality. The Eucharist is, of course, the reality, goal and prototype of this process. Such an experience for the vast majority of people in the modern West is (the mystical orbs of Marianne Williams aside) almost completely alien, however, eviscerated as it has been by the combined forces of reductionistic scientism and the disenchantment of liberal political philosophy. The latter, with its single-minded obsession with reducing religion to a strictly private phenomenon, plays an underrated role in the de-sacralization of contemporary society, as hierophanies simply can not exist outside the context of communal ritual."
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