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Interpreting Violence

Hardin, Michael. Mimetic Theory and Biblical Interpretation: Reclaiming the Good News of the Gospel. Cascade Books, 2017.

Rene Girard, a French thinker who wrote most of his important works in the 1970s and early 80s, has become an important guide to issues of violence and religion, whether that takes the form of religion-inspired violence, the violence of God in the text of the Bible, or interpretations of atonement and afterlife that emphasize the wrath of God. 947 more words


Where There are No Foxes

“…and he judged Israel…twenty years…”

Decades two of retaliatory rage ripping

Clans and seeping blood-drenched, bone

Crunching thousands in divine blessing

(or propaganda propping) his reign dealt… 36 more words


Reading the Fathers: Gregory of Nyssa's 'Life of Moses', Part One

If Rene Girard was right about mimetic desire being an observable anthropological truth and not just a hermeneutic tool then we should find it everywhere. The Holy Fathers and saints of the church should have already understood it, if perhaps only in an  766 more words

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Finsbury Park Mosque Attack

When Isis began to use trucks and vans as weapons of terrorism in Europe – in Nice, London and in other places – I set my internal watch to see how long it would take for anti-Islam activists to do the same. 916 more words

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Girard, Community, and Scapegoating: Practical Applications in Mimetic Theory and MeowMeowBeanz

Among the anthropological philosopher Rene Girard’s greatest work, arguably, is his study of mimetic theory and scapegoating among humans. According to Girard, and attested throughout history, humans are a naturally violent species. 1,376 more words


The Power of Myth (Joseph Campbell vs René Girard)

Joseph Campbell, a well-known scholar in the field of comparative mythology, became quite famous when his works inspired film director George Lucas to create the Star Wars saga (click here for more on this) 2,153 more words

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Patrick Perquy interviews René Girard

The following interview with René Girard by Patrick Perquy was last broadcast on Belgian national television April 23, 2000 (Braambos). The interview was recorded on the occasion of an honorary doctorate from the University of Antwerp for Girard in 1995. 31 more words

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