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.
In the Gospels the process of unveil~ ing or revelation is radicalized: God himself, the Word become flesh in Jesus, becomes the victim.
If this is carried far enough and if there are no safeguards braking desire (one of the functions of religion and culture), then we become rivals of our ...
... or an accumulation of many such killings, the community's attention and dawning repre~ sentational capacities become drawn more and more to the victim.
Moses is “marginal” in that he is a Hebrew but was raised as an Egyptian and comes from a slave class but has become identified with the Egyptian ruling ...
This absolute value—concern for the victim—was already become ing secularized, torn from its religious and theological moorings, in Nietzsche's time.
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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