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Mimetic Theory and World Religions
edited by Wolfgang Palaver and Richard Schenk
Michigan State University Press, 2017
Paper: 978-1-61186-262-1 | eISBN: 978-1-62896-313-7
Library of Congress Classification B2430.G494M46 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 200

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
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.

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