I See Satan Fall Like Lightning
Orbis Books, 1 ian. 2001 - 199 pagini
Rene Girard holds up the gospels as mirrors that reveal our broken humanity, and shows that they also reflect a new reality that can make us whole. Like Simone Weil, Girard looks at the Bible as a map of human behavior, and sees Jesus Christ as the turning point leading to new life.
The title echoes Jesus' words: "I saw Satan falling like lightning from heaven". Girard persuades us that even as our world grows increasingly violent the power of the Christ-event is so great that the evils of scapegoating and sacrifice are being defeated even now. A new community, God's nonviolent kingdom, is being realized -- even now.
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The desire that lives through imitation almost always leads to conflict, and this
conflict frequently leads to violence. The Bible unveils this process of imitative
desire leading to conflict and vioe lence, and its distinctive narratives reveal at
But at some point various ancestors, converging upon someone among them-—
—someone weak, or mar' ginal (maybe an outsider)—came together again and
gained relief from the stress of conflict and violence. They killed or expelled this ...
Our social sciences should give due consideration to a phenomenon that must
be considered normal, but they persist in seeing conflict as something accidental,
and consequently so unforeseeable that researchers cannot and must not take it
Beyond a certain threshold of frustration, those in conflict are no longer content
with the objects themselves over which they are fighting. Mutually exasperated by
the live obstacle, the scandal, that each is henceforth for the other, they become ...
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LibraryThing ReviewComentariu Utilizator - adamtarn - LibraryThing
This is Girard's accessible presentation of the gospel's power in exposing the cycle of mimetic violence. He approaches the bible anthropologically and shows how it is unique in it's ability to unmask ... Citiți recenzia completă
Review: I See Satan Fall Like LightningComentariu Utilizator - Robert - Goodreads
A fascinating book, concerning the anthropological underpinnings of personal and social violence. Girard makes his case with a wide variety of sources, and makes a convincing non-religious argument ... Citiți recenzia completă