Mimesis and Atonement

René Girard and the Doctrine of Salvation

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Michael Kirwan, Sheelah Treflé Hidden
Violence, Desire, and the Sacred
  • New York, NY: 
    Bloomsbury Academic
    , December
     192 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


How are we to best understand the statement of faith that Jesus Christ lived, died and rose again 'for us and for salvation?' This question has animated Christian thought for two millennia: it has also bitterly divided believers, not least in Reformation and post-Reformation disputes about atonement, justification, sanctification and sacrifice. René Girard's Violence and the Sacred (1972) made startling connections between religion, violence and culture. His work has enlivened the theological and philosophical debate once again, especially the question of whether and how we are to understand Christ's death as a 'sacrifice'. Mimesis and Atonement brings together philosophers from Catholic, Evangelical, Orthodox, and Jewish backgrounds to examine the continued significance of Girard's work. They do so in the light of new developments, such as the controversial 'new scholarship' on Paul.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Dr. Michael Kirwan SJ is Head of Theology at Heythrop College in the University of London, UK.

Sheelah Treflé Hidden is a research associate with the Heythrop Institute: Religion and Society at the University of London, UK. She is the editor of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Mystical Perspectives on the Love of God (2014).


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