Friday, 25 December 2009

Christmas Day 2009 - Rene Girard

And so it's Christmas... and what do I have to say?

Previously, I had always found the arguments of Christian intellectuals to be weak whenever I paid them any attention (how arrogant, I know!), yet, upon watching Peter Robinson's interviews with Rene Girard recently (which I came across via Martin McPhillips), I was left stunned.

Girard not only has an account of social conflict, its' resolution and the origin of political institutions, but that account suddenly throws Christianity in a very, very strange light. I found myself looking at Christianity from a much higher elevation than any I've had before. That doesn't mean I have now "got religion", but I am intrigued. I very much recommend these five interviews to anyone with an intellectual interest in either religion or politics.

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