Rene Girard: Is Christianity a Myth?

French anthropologist Rene Girard (“The Scapegoat,” mimetic theory) discusses Frazer’s “Golden Bough” and the Christ Myth theory.


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3 Replies to “Rene Girard: Is Christianity a Myth?”

  1. I don’t even know what “mimesis” is, but since you seem to love it, how could you possibly have missed this? I think it may be linked to humans singing in the bathtub. Or maybe he is saying, “please release me, let me go…..” by Engelbert Humperbackedwhale.

  2. FWIW, Gary: Girard’s fundamental ideas, which he has developed throughout his career and provide the foundation for his thinking, are that desire is mimetic (all of our desires are borrowed from other people), that all conflict originates in mimetic desire (mimetic rivalry), that the scapegoat mechanism is the origin of sacrifice and the foundation of human culture, and religion was necessary in human evolution to control the violence that can come from mimetic rivalry, and that the Bible reveals these ideas and denounces the scapegoat mechanism.
    Profound stuff though.

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