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We have this story in a document called the Acts of Paul and Thecla: but it is really the story of Thecla, and of the women around her, especially Trifina. Thecla was a young woman from a wealthy, high-status family … Continue reading
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
Violence Renounced: Rene Girard, Biblical Studies, and Peacemaking by Willard M. Swartley My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a collection of papers from a 1994 conference on biblical studies and peacemaking; thus it is both more specifically theological, … Continue reading
I’m in the middle of a rapid read through Gil Bailie’s book “Violence Unveiled”, which is a very clear explication of Girard’s central ideas about anthropology (ie, human nature), the Bible, and particularly the story of the Passion. This strongly … Continue reading
Richard Beck of Experimental Theology has another good post up on a mimetic interpretation of “the slavery of death”. I confess, I have not been keeping up with the series of which this is part 23, but I was struck … Continue reading
This past weekend, our first reading was a passage from the book of Proverbs on the value of a good, talented, diligent wife. I listened to that reading and wondered what gospel passage it could possibly be pointing to. I … Continue reading