#04 - Violence Renounced: René Girard, Biblical Studies, and Peacemaking

Book, 2001, 339 pp
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Do René Girard’s theories on imitation, rivalry, violence, sacrifice, and religion find support in scripture? These scholarly essays critically examine Girard’s theories on sacrifice and imitation, and Girard himself responds.

Addressed as well in Violence Renounced are kingship and servanthood, the relation between the Testaments on sacrifice and atonement, and such basic themes as the human primal nature, the shape of new creation in Jewish and Christian reality, and feminist perspectives on Girardian theory. Also seen in new light are standard beliefs and doctrines on atonement, who/what killed Jesus, and how peace is to be rightly achieved.

“In reading this rich collection of essays we are privileged to witness a vigorous exchange between spirited scribes and René Girard. His work has challenged them to grapple in a most fundamental way with the relationship between violence, religion, the God of the Bible, and the death of his Christ.”—Tom Yoder Neufeld

"One of the most penetrating analyses of human culture and its relationship to religious history and religious texts has been given to us by Girard. His brilliant exploration of the dynamics of desire and the victimage mechanism has opened Scripture anew to those who seek to understand the God of peace and the mysterious origins of human violence. The essays in this book not only contribute to our understanding of Girard's insights into human culture but also offer valuable interpretive readings of Scripture in light of those insights." --Diana Culbertson, O.P., President of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion and Emeritus Professor of English, Kent State University

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