Category Archives: Theological anthropology

Framing the Question: Christian Feminism – Part 1, Ch 2 of #FOGAP

In this second chapter, Johnson argues that the methods and results of feminist research can reinterpret the symbol of the communion of saints to life-giving effect, and begins to explore “Friends of God and Prophets” (Wis 7:27) as a beautiful, … Continue reading

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Natural Law and the Gender Bimodal

Observing the world Moral arguments based on natural law always begin by observing the world, because it is an axiom of natural law that God’s intended purposes can be discerned by careful study of the world. It is therefore clear … Continue reading

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A Mimetic Reading of the Ferguson Events

I’m a hugely text-oriented person, but so much of what happened in Ferguson this week was captured in truly compelling tweeted images that this post will be full of embedded tweets, mostly including images. Some of those compelling images were … Continue reading

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Children, Priests, and Scandal in Church

Here’s the story: on his way to the ambo (pulpit) to give his homily (sermon), the presiding priest detoured to approach “a family with several small children under the age of four who were sitting near the front of the … Continue reading

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Mimetic Rivalry, Reform, and Unity in the Church

I read a commentary on church reform by Hans Küng last week, that lingered in my mind as an example of “doing it wrong,” at least from the perspective of mimetic ecclesiology. In this commentary, the substantive issues of church … Continue reading

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Advise the Bishops about Marriage and Family Life

Among other things that have been going on while I’ve been too busy to blog has been the announcement of an Extraordinary Synod of the Bishops on the family to be held in October 2014, accompanied by a preparatory document … Continue reading

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Ann Astell on Empathy in the work of Girard, Stein, and Weil

Astell, Ann W. “Saintly Mimesis, Contagion, and Empathy in the Thought of Rene Girard, Edith Stein, and Simone Weil.” SHOFAR Winter 2004 Vol 22, No 2, 116-131. Astell draws on the work of Girard, Stein, and Weil to construct an … Continue reading

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Doran on Lonergan and Girard

Robert Doran, “The Nonviolent Cross: Lonergan and Girard on Redemption,” Theological Studies 71 (2010): 46–61. Doran correlates Lonergan’s Law of the Cross with Girard’s anthropological insights, arguing that Girard’s mimetic theory provides the psychic, although not the spiritual, data corresponding … Continue reading

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Notes on L. Gregory Jones’ Beliefs, Desires, Practices, and the Ends of Theological Education

Jones, L. Gregory. “Beliefs, Desires, Practices, and the Ends of Theological Education.” in Practicing Theology: Beliefs and Practices in Christian Life. eds. Miroslav Volf and Dorothy C. Bass. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. 2002. L. Gregory Jones argues convincingly from biblical and … Continue reading

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Jottings on Sin: Relating feminist and mimetic hamartiologies?

I went on a database crawl last night looking for material by Mary McClintock Fulkerson, and have read lightly through a few papers that have prompted these still-embryonic thoughts about connections between the understandings of sin in traditional, feminist, and … Continue reading

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