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Scapegoating in a Globalized World

I’m powering through the five-part podcast series “The Scapegoat” on CBC’s Ideas. It was originally aired in 2001, but was re-released recently in the wake of Rene Girard’s death last Fall. 1,903 more words

Culture

Saints as Models: We Can Be One Too

On the Feast of All Saints we are often encouraged to look up to the saints as models. Usually we point to St. Benedict or St. 712 more words

Spirituality

Care for the Small Child

It is well-known that humans can be competitive, sometimes just for the sake of being competitive. Competition tends to draw rivals close together, even if, and perhaps especially if they really hate each other. 464 more words

Peace

Faith as Faithfulness

Faith is often presented as conformity to a set of doctrines like those laid out in the Nicene Creed. I believe in what the Nicene Creed says but believing it isn’t faith. 805 more words

Spirituality

Mimetic Resonance

If we desire through the desires of other people, do we have any freedom in our desires, or are our desires determined by the desires of others? 816 more words

Mimetic Desire