Category: Origins of Violence

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1 – Mimetic Theory – An Introduction

Mimetic Theory was developed by Rene Girard. Mimetic, or mimesis, means to mimic. Girard traces the role mimicking plays in violence in our cultures, and how mimicking the kingdom of God can be our only solution…

2 – The Work of Rene Girard

Girard claims that the work of Jesus Christ, his teachings about the kingdom of God and his death and resurrection, reveal the violence of our world and the motives that are behind it. It is through the gospel that the hidden secrets of our violent cultures come out into the open…

3 – Pagan Murder

Creation is bringing cosmos (order) out of chaos. The creation stories of the pagans were really about the violent origins of their civilizations. But the biblical account shows that the rivalry of memetic desire isn’t defeated by murder…

4 – Human Nature & The Origins of Violence

Sacrifice is a human invention. Because of our fallen conscience we think God demands sacrifice, and we transcribe this view to the gods in our idolatry. Sacrifice has its foundation in our human societies. First it was human sacrifice, then animals were substituted for humans. The requirement for blood didn’t start with God…

5 – Human Nature, Violence & Our Modern World

We still have conflict within our modern societies, and this conflict is still because of idolatry. The idols don’t often resemble ancient ones, but they are still things made with hands, and we still bow down to them. Anything that comes between us and love for neighbour is something we bow down to…