Discovering Girard

Discovering Girard Really wonderful an elegantly written initiation into the mimetic theory I am lucky to have interpreters who understand what I want to say and who can write so well Rene Girard The work of Rene Girard

  • Title: Discovering Girard
  • Author: Michael Kirwan
  • ISBN: 9781561012299
  • Page: 380
  • Format: Paperback
  • Really wonderful an elegantly written initiation into the mimetic theory I am lucky to have interpreters who understand what I want to say and who can write so well Rene Girard The work of Rene Girard is hugely influential in literature and cultural studies But it is in understanding the relationship between religion and violence that his theory has created its gre Really wonderful an elegantly written initiation into the mimetic theory I am lucky to have interpreters who understand what I want to say and who can write so well Rene Girard The work of Rene Girard is hugely influential in literature and cultural studies But it is in understanding the relationship between religion and violence that his theory has created its greatest impact Girard s understanding of mimetic rivalry and conflict and of scapegoating is seen by many to be the key to a completely new understanding of Christianity Girard s name evokes curiosity and often strong feelings among devotees and skeptics Discovering Girard is the first book to present Girard s work to a wider audience It explains and appraises Girard s mimetic theory, shows its impact on theology and other disciplines, and manages to convey the excitement that a discovery of Girard s ideas often generates in readers.

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    1. Reading the RunesSince as far back as historical records exist, there have been periodic crises and 'big issues' of national government: Are we doing it right? What's gone wrong? Do we need basic reform or a return to basics? The experts called upon to suggest answers to these questions have varied. The Babylonian emperor consulted his resident astrologer for advice on propitious timing for action. The Roman Consuls preferred the entrails of birds, as interpreted by official priests, particularl [...]

    2. This little book is a great introduction to Rene Girard's thought. In chapter one we are introduced to mimetic desire - we get our desires from others around us so that we end up desiring the same thing. This leads to conflict so, in chapter two, we learn of the scapegoat mechanism. To let off the steam necessary for culture to survive, scapegoats are found, blamed and killed. Girard sees this as the root of religion. This scapegoat can be internal (someone in the culture) or external (when one [...]

    3. I've long had an interest in the attitude of Christians towards violence: it's been an almost incomprehensible paradox to me. Why do so many people of faith celebrate and embrace violence? With their radar attuned to even the slightest hint of the sexually salacious, how is it that this mindset is so deeply entrenched that people don't notice it? This has always baffled me.So a recommendation regarding Girard's books was intriguing enough to decide I'd look into some background first. And yes - [...]

    4. Kirwan's introduction to the thoughts of Rene Girard is helpful and incisive, but like Girard's work as one moves from memetic criticism to theology, the claims seem to take on a apologetic tone. Kirwan's explication is sound and he pulls from much of Girard's work, but he seems a bit too eager to defend Girard in the final chapter on Girard's critics and glosses over the serious problems that comparative religion from non-European sources does to the Girard's thesis as well as the problems that [...]

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