October 24, 2007

booklist

book coverChrist in Postmodern Philosophy: Gianni Vattimo, Rene Girard and Slavoj Zizek

by Frederiek Depoortere (T&T Clark, 2008)

“This highly readable book shows that Rene Girard’s mimetic theory - by comparing it with the concepts of Gianni Vattimo and Slavoj Zizek- provides a very promising understanding of Christological ideas in our scientific age.  Frederiek Depoortere also justly claims that Girard’s project is not yet finished and needs to be developed further.  His book is valuable contribution to this ongoing task.  Most importantly Girard’s theory has to be taken into inter-religious dialogue.”  Wolfgang Palaver, Innsbruck University, Austria

[link to book on Amazom]

I’ve only browsed through the book.   It looks like a good read for more academic sorts. I agree that Girard’s project is unfinished, especially when it comes to biblical interpretation.

Stricken by GodStricken by God? Nonviolent Indentification & the Victory of Christ

edited by Brad Jersak and Michael Hardin

[view on Amazon]

contributors include:

Rowan Williams

NT Wright

Marcus Borg

Miroslav Volf

James Alison

Anthony Bartlett


Evolution and Conversion: Dialogues on the Origin of Culture

by Rene Girard

[view on Amazon]

Girard provides a great response to those who want to dismiss Christianity as irrelevant: “because of our inability to live without Scapegoats, Christianity is a source of disruption in our world. Christianity constantly suggests that our scapegoats are nothing but innocent victims… this compassion for the victim is the deeper meaning of Christianity… We do not have to accuse our neighbor, we can learn to forgive him instead.” (pg. 262)  Of course, it important to remember that when Girard speaks of Christianity, he is speaking not of the history of the Christian religion which is loaded with violence and scapegoating, but of the Biblical revelation.

 

Undergoing God: Dispatches from the Scene of a Break-in

by James Alison

[view on Amazon]


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