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Francis, Discipleship, Fandom, and Factionalism

The varied responses that Pope Francis has evoked are illustrative of various dynamics described by mimetic theory. Some people have responded to him both positively and seriously: they not only applaud his words and actions, but sincerely attempt to emulate … Continue reading

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A Feminist Critique and Appropriation of Mimetic Theory

The move from mimetic theory to mimetic theology is an ongoing effort which involves the appropriation of the insights of mimetic theory as the hermeneutical lens through which to read the bible and other theological sources.[1] Mimetic theology is thus … Continue reading

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Rejecting the Sacrificial System

Theophrastus asked the other day, A central theme in the New Testament is on Jesus’s sacrifice proper; so what would it mean to reject the sacrificial system? This is still an incomplete and pretty rough&rambly essay in response, but I’m … Continue reading

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Reflections on Serene Jones’ Graced Practices: Excellence and Freedom in Christian Life

Jones, Serene. “Graced Practices: Excellence and Freedom in Christian Life.” in Practicing Theology: Beliefs and Practices in Christian Life. eds. Miroslav Volf and Dorothy C. Bass. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. 2002. Serene Jones interprets Christian practice in terms of the Reformed … Continue reading

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Thesis proposal!

This definitely is a thesis proposal – my advisor has seen it, discussed it, and approved it. Woot! The summary is virtually identical to my previous attempt, reproduced here for completeness; the new part here is the chapter outline, which … Continue reading

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Something resembling a thesis proposal?

(Unlike my previous attempt, this might actually be something resembling a thesis proposal. Comments and advice are very welcome.) The key anthropological insight of mimetic theory is that human identity is received and constituted by patterns of desire that originate … Continue reading

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Refusing to be Scandalized

So there was this big Catholic news story a couple of weeks ago about the Vatican (the CDF) and the nuns (the LCWR). You might have been wondering why I haven’t said anything about it here. I’ve been thinking. Well, … Continue reading

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Summarizing Mimetic Anthropology

This summary (taken straight from my draft term paper) provides some background on the mimetic approach to theological anthropology and the atonement from which I frequently tend to work. It is based on the work of Rene Girard and of … Continue reading

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A new commandment I give to you.

I am going to my death to make possible for you a model of creative practice which is not governed by death. From now on this is the only commandment which counts: that you should live your lives as a … Continue reading

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Rejecting the Glamor of Evil

We were blessed this weekend by a first reading from a portion of Sirach (Sir 27:30-28:7) that begins this way: Wrath and anger are hateful things, yet the sinner hugs them tight. The vengeful will suffer the LORD’s vengeance, for … Continue reading

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