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Girard and Theology (Philosophy And Theology Series)

Michael Kirwan

Girard and Theology (Philosophy And Theology Series)

Michael Kirwan

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A profound introduction to how the work of Rene Girard has had implications for new theological concepts on atonement and sacrifice.

^The work of the French American theorist Ren Girard (b.1923) has been highly influential in a wide variety of intellectual disciplines. One enthusiastic reviewer in Le Monde suggested that the year 1972 (when La Violence et le Sacr was published) should be marked with an asterisk in the annals of the humanities, including literature, theology and religious studies. There is a paradox here insofar as Girard is, strictly speaking, neither a philosopher nor a theologian. He was trained as a historian, but spent most of his academic career as a teacher of French literature. It is out of his study of great European literature (notably Proust, Dostoyevsky and Shakespeare) that what he calls 'mimetic theory' evolved.

^^Mimetic theory is an account of how religion, culture and violence are interrelated. Its three principal parts consist of: an assertion of the 'mimetic' (i.e. imitated or derivative nature of desire); the function of 'scapegoating' as a means of achieving and maintaining social cohesion; the gospel revelation as the means by which these truths of the human condition are made known to us. A general introduction to his work will comprise an exposition of these three parts or phases in Girard's thinking. In Girard and Theology, Michael Kirwan looks at these ideas and their relevance to theology as well as their reception in the development of 'dramatic theology' and new theological concepts of atonement and sacrifice.



- Publisher This is an introduction to how the work of Rene Girard has had implications for new theological concepts on atonement and sacrifice. The contents include a theological anthropology of desire, reading biblical texts, Girard in the US, and much more.

- Publisher The work of the French American theorist Rene Girard (b.1923) has been highly influential in a wide variety of intellectual disciplines. One enthusiastic reviewer in Le Monde suggested that the year 1972 (when La Violence et le Sacre was published) should

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A profound introduction to how the work of Rene Girard has had implications for new theological concepts on atonement and sacrifice.

^The work of the French American theorist Ren Girard (b.1923) has been highly influential in a wide variety of intellectual disciplines. One enthusiastic reviewer in Le Monde suggested that the year 1972 (when La Violence et le Sacr was published) should be marked with an asterisk in the annals of the humanities, including literature, theology and religious studies. There is a paradox here insofar as Girard is, strictly speaking, neither a philosopher nor a theologian. He was trained as a historian, but spent most of his academic career as a teacher of French literature. It is out of his study of great European literature (notably Proust, Dostoyevsky and Shakespeare) that what he calls 'mimetic theory' evolved.

^^Mimetic theory is an account of how religion, culture and violence are interrelated. Its three principal parts consist of: an assertion of the 'mimetic' (i.e. imitated or derivative nature of desire); the function of 'scapegoating' as a means of achieving and maintaining social cohesion; the gospel revelation as the means by which these truths of the human condition are made known to us. A general introduction to his work will comprise an exposition of these three parts or phases in Girard's thinking. In Girard and Theology, Michael Kirwan looks at these ideas and their relevance to theology as well as their reception in the development of 'dramatic theology' and new theological concepts of atonement and sacrifice.


- Publisher

This is an introduction to how the work of Rene Girard has had implications for new theological concepts on atonement and sacrifice. The contents include a theological anthropology of desire, reading biblical texts, Girard in the US, and much more.
- Publisher

The work of the French American theorist Rene Girard (b.1923) has been highly influential in a wide variety of intellectual disciplines. One enthusiastic reviewer in Le Monde suggested that the year 1972 (when La Violence et le Sacre was published) should
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Michael Kirwan

Michael Kirwan SJ (Ph.D., University of London) is Head of Theology at Heythrop College in the University of London, UK. He has authored a number of books in connection with Rene Girard and Theology including Girard and Theology, and Discovering Girard.
Koorong -Editorial Review.

Table Of Contents

  • Part I Introduction; 1. Theology's Bickering Handmaids; 2. Biography; 3. Mimetic Theory; Part Ii Theological Themes In Girard's Work; 4. Revelation And Conversion 1978-2003: From Things Hidden To "evolution And Conversion"; 5. A Theological Anthropology Of Desire; 6. Sacrifice And Atonement; 7. Reading Biblical Texts; 8. Political Theology; Part Iii The Theological Reception Of Mimetic Theory; 9. Girard In Europe: The Dramatic Theology Project (innsbruck); 10. Girard In The Us; 11. The Views From The South; 12. Against Girard: The Theological Objections; Bibliography; Index.
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