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Sexual Assault and Women’s Agency, or, Desire and the Disrupted Mob: The Story of Thecla and Trifina

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

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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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Violence Renounced: Rene Girard, Biblical Studies, and Peacemaking

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

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Lectionary reflection: Passion Sunday through Girardian Eyes

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

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Mimetic anthropology and virtue ethics?

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

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Powers, Principalities, and Structural Sin

I’m reading through Lesslie Newbigin’s The Gospel in a Pluralist Society, and was struck by his chapter “Principalities, Powers, and People”. He revisits the uses of Paul’s language of powers and principalities, which have been generally interpreted as elements of … Continue reading

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Talent and Economics

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

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Banquets and veils

Listening to the first reading this weekend, from Is 25, I was struck by this imagery that appears in Is 25:7, after the description of the rich banquet: On this mountain he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, … Continue reading

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