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Journal of Religion and Violence

Volume 1, Issue 2, 2013

Special Issue on René Girard

Nikolaus Wandinger
Pages 127-146
DOI: 10.5840/jrv2013129

Religion and Violence: A Girardian Overview

René Girard’s mimetic theory sees mimesis as the most central determinant of human behavior. According to him it also generated so much violence that it threatened the very existence of humanity. Yet, the same force also found a means to minimize and contain violence—through religion. Girard distinguishes between archaic and Biblical religion and finds criteria for this distinction and the anthropology and theology of a religion. This article tries to give an overview of Girard’s theory with special consideration to the role of religion.

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