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Why Religion Is Not Violent

I’ve come across many people who claim that religion is the cause for violence in our world. They say that if we simply eradicated religion from the face of the planet, violence would cease and war would be no more! 558 more words


Farewell, René Girard

René Girard died November 4th in his home in Stanford, California, at the age of 91. Most probably you haven’t read any obituary about him, and I only learned of his death tonight when I went on the… 1,148 more words

Global Visions

In Memoriam: RIP René Girard (1923-2015)

From the Dominican Republic to Australia, from the United States of America to countries all over Europe, from Brazil to India and South Korea, from the left to the right in political quarters, from the world of science and the humanities, from believers and atheists alike, from media big (e.g.  7,491 more words

Mimetic Theory

Imitation and Improvisation

I’ve been listening lately to the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s recording of “How High the Moon” from Jazz at Oberlin. Paradise, as Dante imagines it, is full of music—mostly, I think, because music is our best metaphor for the harmony across difference that David Bentley Hart, in… 813 more words

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


Sibley: Scapegoating Stephen Harper

“I hate Harper, I just hate him. He’s evil.”

The words startled me. I looked up from my book to see two women – trim 30-somethings decked out in jogging outfits – sitting across from each other at a Second Cup table, the remains of chai lattes and muffins in front of them. 945 more words