In this Book

Mimetic Theory and World Religions
summary
Those who anticipated the demise of religion and the advent of a peaceful, secularized global village have seen the last two decades confound their predictions. René Girard’s mimetic theory is a key to understanding the new challenges posed by our world of resurgent violence and pluralistic cultures and traditions. Girard sought to explain how the Judeo-Christian narrative exposes a founding murder at the origin of human civilization and demystifies the bloody sacrifices of archaic religions. Meanwhile, his book Sacrifice, a reading of conflict and sacrificial resolution in the Vedic Brahmanas, suggests that mimetic theory’s insights also resonate with several non-Western religious and spiritual traditions. This volume collects engagements with Girard by scholars of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism and situates them within contemporary theology, philosophy, and religious studies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Half Title, Series Page, Title Page, Copyright
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Introduction
  2. pp. vii-xx
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Part 1. Mimetic Theory and Religion
  1. Neither Dawkins nor Durkheim: On René Girard’s Theory of Religion
  2. Jean-Pierre Dupuy
  3. pp. 3-12
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. Sacrifice in Hegel and Girard
  2. Anselm Tilman Ramelow
  3. pp. 13-62
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. Reason and Revelation: An Important Distinction?
  2. John Ranieri
  3. pp. 63-86
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. The Messianic Moment: Bergson and Girard
  2. Benoît Chantre
  3. pp. 87-110
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. Girard and Religion in the Age of Secularism
  2. Otto Kallscheuer
  3. pp. 111-138
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. Why Rousseau Cannot Laugh: Structuring Motif—“Achever,
  2. Jeremiah Alberg
  3. pp. 139-162
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. Girard and the Feminist Critique of Religion: Intimate Mediation in Kristeva and Girard
  2. Martha Reineke
  3. pp. 163-178
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. Part 2. Mimetic Theory, Christianity, and Interfaith (Interreligious) Dialogue
  1. Girard and World Religions: The State of the Question
  2. Robert J. Daly
  3. pp. 181-194
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. René Girard and World Religions
  2. Michael Kirwan
  3. pp. 195-214
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. The Ambivalence of Interreligious Historiography: Foreign and Domestic Narratives
  2. Richard Schenk
  3. pp. 215-228
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. Sacrifice as a Contested Concept between R. Schwager and R. Girard and Its Significance for Interreligious Dialogue
  2. Nikolaus Wandinger
  3. pp. 229-258
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. The Abrahamic Revolution
  2. Wolfgang Palaver
  3. pp. 259-278
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. The “Hellenic” Rationality of Interreligious Dialogue: René Girard, Simone Weil, and Pope Benedict XVI
  2. Ann Astell
  3. pp. 279-300
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. Part 3. Rivalry, Sacrifice, and World Religions
  1. Burning Desires, Burning Corpses: Girardian Reflections on Fire in Hinduism and Buddhism
  2. Brian Collins
  3. pp. 303-322
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. Girard and Hindu Sacrifice
  2. Noel Sheth
  3. pp. 323-338
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. The Roots of Violence: Society and the Individual in Buddhism and Girard
  2. Jacob Dalton, Alexander von Rospatt
  3. pp. 339-366
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. Religious Sacrifice, Social Scapegoating, and Self-Justification
  2. Ted Peters
  3. pp. 367-384
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. Judaism and the Exodus from Archaic Religion: Reading René Girard among the World Religions
  2. Sandor Goodhart
  3. pp. 385-400
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. Tawhid: The Oneness of God and the Desire for the Good
  2. Adam Ericksen
  3. pp. 401-412
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. Islam: Law and Violence (and Nonviolence)
  2. Rüdiger Lohlker
  3. pp. 413-426
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. Girard and the Analogy of Desire
  2. James Alison
  3. pp. 427-440
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 441-448
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Index
  2. pp. 449-456
  3. restricted access Download |
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.