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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It is rather a potential that must become activated for an infant to become human,
and it becomes actual for the infant as he or she observes and imitates the other,
the “neighbor.” We want what our neighbor possesses. We desire what our ...
In order to grasp how old it is we must go back to the Fall in Genesis or to the
second half of the Ten Commandments, which is entirely devoted to prohibiting
violence against one's neighbor. Commandments six, seven, eight, and nine are
In other words, we must think that humans are naturally inclined not to desire the
goods of their neighbors. ... one, that underlies the tenth commandment of the
Decalogue: we tend to desire what our neighbor has or what our neighbor
The commandment that prohibits desiring the goods of one's neighbor attempts
to resolve the number one problem of every human community: internal violence.
IN READING THE TENTH COMMANDMENT one has the impression of being ...
We congratulate ourselves on having within us a desire that “will last forever,” as
Baudelaire put it (“l'expansion des choses infinies”), but we do not see what this “
forever” conceals: the idolization of the neighbor. This idolatry is necessarily ...
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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