Saturday 6 August 2016

René Girard (1923-2015)

René Girard is neither a philosopher nor a professional theologian, but is greatly influential in theology. He is explicitly - Fred Lawrence would say 'unabashedly' - Christian and Catholic in his approach. He concerns himself with religion, which he explains in terms of MIMESIS and the scape-goating mechanism. Christ, however, is different: he does not find a scapegoat / victim, but is himself the victim. His remedy to the problem of the best way to live: forgiveness of enemies, helping victims, and loving despite unrequited love. (See Frederick G. Lawrence, “Philosophy, History, and Apocalypse in Voegelin, Strauss, and Girard,” Politics and Apocalypse, Studies in Violence, Mimesis, and Culture, ed. Robert Hamerton-Kelly (East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 2007) 124-129.

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