Girard Sightings

First in a new series, linking to articles, essays, op-eds, websites that mention Girard or Girardians:

Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams in the Observer on Sunday, in an article titled: “We live in a culture of blame – but there is another way: The Archbishop of Canterbury tells why the Easter story can help humanity escape a lethal cycle of fear and resentment.”

Giles Frasier in the Guardian on Saturday, in a powerful article titled: “A funny kind of Christian: His thirst for scapegoats shows how poorly George Bush understands the meaning of Easter.”  From which: “[T]he story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus is supremely a moral story about God’s identification with victims. The French anthropologist René Girard is the modern voice that has done most to explain the nature of this moral change.”

Michael Kirwan SJ‘s article “Fear and Loathing in the Low Countries” in Thinking Faith (a journal of British Jesuits) in February “uses the insights of French philosopher René Girard to analyse what it is about the Dutch psyche that might lie behind such vociferous opposition to Islam.” via A Vow of Conversation

There’s a course to be taught this April-June at the Servant Leadership School (“an ecumenical center for theological reflection and spiritual formation located in Washington, D.C.”) by David Hilfiker, M.D. titled “The Radical Inclusivity of the Gospel: Ending the Spiral of Violence” [scroll down] which will “explore the theories of Rene Girard, to see how they can help us get beyond our current cultural impasse, as well as see what they mean for our personal and spiritual journeys.”

Girard in poetry: Poet Ange Mlinko’s “Conversion Comedy” in the March issue of Poetry magazine pays homage to Girard’s comment that “the origins of music lay in the necessity of drowning out the cries of sacrificial victims.” She also says that her priest told her to read Rene Girard and James Alison when she was deciding to be an Episcopal, “to give me a philosophical framework for Christianity quite apart from metaphysics.”


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