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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When frightened or threatened, whatever the cause, they imitated each other's
reactions of fear. Sometimes this imitation was a reaction of striking out at
someone in response to a blow (you hit me; I hit you—it can be an almost
The object I desire in envious imitation of my neighbor is one he intends to keep
for himself, to reserve for her own use; she will ... nine times out of ten my desire
will resist this and become even more intense in imitating the desire of its model.
If Jesus never speaks in terms of prohibitions and always in terms of models and
imitation, it is because he draws out the full conse— ... It is not due to inflated
selfrlove that he asks us to imitate him; it is to turn us away from mimetic rivalries.
If we imitate the detached generosity of God, then the trap of mimetic rivalries will
never close over us. This is why Jesus says also, “Ask, and it will be given to you.
. . . ” When Jesus declares that he does not abolish the Law but fulfills it, ...
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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