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Compelling insights into religioius & social practices,
This review is from: The Scapegoat (Paperback)
This is an ambitious work. Girard tries simultaneously to demystify religious rituals and myths, take down some of the political correctness in ethnological study, and provide hope for freedom from collective violence through the message of the Gospels. I appreciate his deep insight into reading the 'texts' of myth and ritual through cultural and psychological imperatives. Society is stabilised by controlled violence, it can't be denied. He does tend to over-apply his theory, though, and makes it seem as though he believes that the entire world of religious thought and practice is rooted in collective violence, which is simplistic. Also, his readings of the Gospels, while perceptive and challenging, seem to lack a wider theological insight.
This is the book that the 'God Delusion' should have been and wasn't. Read it and be continually looking at your own life for the scapegoats you and your social groups use.