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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Answer: If our desire to be like a model is strong enough, if we identify with that
person closely enough, we will want to have what the model has or be what the
model is. If this is carried far enough and if there are no safeguards braking
When this happens, the community actually believes the accusation it makes
against the unfortunate person. One way to put this, in the language of the Bible,
especially the Gospels, is that this entire single victim process is the work of
As the victim dedicated for sacrifice became more important to human
communities, the fact that the victim was “sacred,” set aside to be offered up for
the community, special attention was drawn to this designated person. Given the
To someone following a person limping it appears that the person continually
collides with his or her own shadow. Understanding this strange phenomenon
depends upon seeing in it what I have just described: the behavior of mimetic
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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