Desire in Rene Girard and Jesus

Desire in Rene Girard and Jesus

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William L. Newell presents a comprehensive analysis of Rene Girard's work on the origins of culture and the depths of human desire. Girard makes no claim toward a theory of religion, but he lays the groundwork for a postmodern theory of it. Girard's desire concerns fallen humanity, those insanely imitating what they lacked, and his use of the Bible brings back into play the idea of the holy in secular academia. Newell challenges Girard's interpretation of Jesus's Passion as non-sacrificial and he offers a close reading of Girard's works on mimetic desire, scape-goating, and sacrifice, and Newell creates breakthrough theology on Jesus in the Excursus. Girard makes no claim to having a theory of religion, but he lays the groundwork for a postmodern theory of it, and in this book, Newell seeks to begin a theory of "the end of the sacred" and what will be in its place: the more

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  • Hardback | 242 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 521.63g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0739171097
  • 9780739171097
  • 2,183,819

Review quote

William Newell's book on Rene Girard is must reading for anyone interested in this original thinker who has become increasingly important in psychological, philosophical, and theological circles. -- Harvey D. Egan S.J., Boston Collegeshow more

About William Lloyd Newell

William Newell is professor of philosophy at Eastern Connecticut State more

Table of contents

Part I Chapter 1: A Foundational Murder Chapter 2: Ressentiment Redivivus Chapter 3: Violence, Myth and the Sacred Chapter 4: Logos in Heraclitus and John Chapter 5: Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World Chapter 6: Christ's Passion: A Non-Sacrificial Death Part II Chapter 7: Jesus' Foundational Event Excursus: Jesus: a Life Conclusionshow more