Deconstructing the devil by Andre Rabe and Mike Popovich

As 1 John 4 says, there is no fear in love. Hence, any theology or interpretation of the scriptures that has fear involved is not the truly good news. I have learnt that the subject on Satan is meant to help people be free from fear and bondage. According to Andre Rabe, the concept of…

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…

Peter Rollins – We are a fiction

I noted that Peter Rollins was sharing about two ways of creating a community. He said that in a certain sense, we are a fiction, in that there are moments when we realise the stories we tell ourselves are a form of fiction because our beliefs are designed to prevent us from knowing who we…

How to identify a cult

Here’s sharing this interesting article in which the writer has made a detailed observation on how cults are formed through three general stages of development. I think these stages may apply not only to some governmental or political organisations but also to some church organisations. The first stage usually starts with a new organisation being…

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…