An archetype of the scapegoat

This picture of the sacrificial lamb is a cogent symbolic representation of a scapegoat. According to the articles on Rene Girard’s theory of violence, religion and the scapegoat that I have read, the issue of scapegoating has been going on throughout human history. I am reflecting that it is somewhat ironic that the christian institutional…

Thoughts on Book Review: ‘Rob Bell and a New American Christianity’

Here’s sharing some thoughts on this review article on the book entitled “Rob Bell and a New American Christianity” by James Wellman. I learnt from another article that James Wellman is associate professor of American religion in the Jackson School of International Studies. It is refreshing to see there are people in America, such as…

Thoughts on “A better atonement: the last scapegoat”

I have read the article “A better atonement: the last scapegoat” and the in-depth discussions that follow. I noted that Rene Girard has sought to explain the mindset of ancient people who subscribe to the scapegoat mentality as a foundation of their archaic religion, in terms of fulfilling their mimetic desire, which is “Human beings…