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Mimetic Theory and World Religions

Wolfgang Palaver Richard Schenk

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Michigan State University Press
01 November 2017
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. Rene 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.
Edited by:   Wolfgang Palaver, Richard Schenk
Imprint:   Michigan State University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   662g
ISBN:   9781611862621
ISBN 10:   1611862620
Series:   Studies in Violence, Mimesis, and Culture
Publication Date:   01 November 2017
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Wolfgang Palaver is a Professor of Catholic Social Thought at the School of Catholic Theology at the University of Innsbruck, where he was also the Dean from 2013 to 2017. Richard Schenk, a Roman Catholic Priest of the Dominican Order, served as a Professor of Philosophy and Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley from 1990 to 2011, and as the President of the Catholic University of Eichstatt-Ingolstadt from 2011 to 2014.

Reviews for Mimetic Theory and World Religions

Insightful, critical, and wide-ranging, this is the book we have been waiting for on Girard and world religions. But beyond mining the mimetic theory and comparing religious traditions in its light, these essays also illuminate philosophy, theology, and the secular. From limpid pools, via steep ascents, to commanding vistas, this collection points the way to rational, faithful, converting religious dialogue. --Scott Cowdell, Research Professor, Public and Contextual Theology, Charles Sturt University, Canberra, Australia, and author of Ren Girard and Secular Modernity


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