The Genealogy of Violence

The Genealogy of Violence : Reflections on Creation, Freedom, and Evil

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In this book, Charles Bellinger draws on the thought of Soren Kierkegaard and Rene Girard in search of a Christian understanding of the roots of violence. Utilizing Kierkegaard's idea of sin as the evasion of the call to become oneself before God, he argues that the basic motive that impels human beings toward acts of violence is a refusal to grow spiritually. He finds congruencies between Kierkegaard's concept and the Girardian theory of mimetic desire and scapegoating. From these two sources he creates a model which he applies to a consideration of the problem of violent acts committed by Christians throughout history. Such episodes as the Crusades and the Inquisition, says Bellinger, reveal the failure of ostensible Christians to live in accordance with the insights of biblical revelation.show more

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  • Hardback | 170 pages
  • 165.1 x 244.3 x 18.3mm | 408.24g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195134982
  • 9780195134988
  • 1,457,849

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Bellinger's sensitive and insightful book points toward an overarching theory of the fundamental causes and dynamics of violence. * Journal of the American Academy of Religion *show more

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