Relaxed, Scared Frauds

James Alison’s latest essay, What sorts of difference does René Girard make to how we read the Bible?, is worth reading.

From which:

A Girardian reading of Scripture, as you would expect given the Girardian understanding of the Spirit that brought the Scriptures to be, is one which is both relaxing as to its own fraudulence which is being uncovered, and yet appropriately scared of the potential for damage which our own self-righteousness and blindness can cause. I don’t think that you can really be a Girardian reader of Scripture except as someone who is undergoing the experience of being forgiven.


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