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Book Feature Friday: Interview with Author Brian McLaren on “We Make the Road By Walking”

Suzanne and Adam interview Brian McLaren about his latest book We Make the Road by Walking. Brian discusses the events of Holy Week, including: Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter. How should we interpret the violence in the Bible? What does sacrifice mean? Is it good to doubt and fall into despair? What does Resurrection mean to the modern world? Those are just a few questions we explore in this engagin ...

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Disability Is Not Just a Metaphor by Christopher Shinn

Christopher Shinn is an American playwright. Born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1975, Shinn lives in New York and teaches playwriting in The New School for Drama. A 2005 winner of an OBIE in Playwriting and a Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwriting plus a 2008 Pulitzer Prize finalist, the plays he has written have been produced around the world. Mimetic theory and personal experience guides his writing, as this ...

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Brian McLaren, World War I and the New (Old) Heroism

On July 29, 1914 the first shots of the Great War were fired from gunboats on the Danube River. Austro-Hungarian artillery shelled Serbia from the river and the war that was supposed to be over in weeks or months lasted four and a half years, nearly wiping out a generation of young men from across Europe. Wikipedia’s WWI entry reports that “The total number of military and civilian casualties in World War I ...

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Eid: A Promise of Hope

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful, Eid Mubarak from the Raven Foundation to all of our dear Muslim sisters and brothers! The holy month has drawn to a close, and all around the world, the ummah, or Islamic community, is celebrating the culmination of 30 days of fasting. Long daylight hours, at least in the northern hemisphere, have made this Ramadan among the most challenging in decades, with ...

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Never Again To Us

“Israel regrets every injury to civilians. I call on the residents of Gaza: Don’t stay there. Hamas wants you to die, we want you to be safe.” This is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as quoted in the Jewish Daily Forward, cleansing the nation’s collective conscience. Is it really that easy to sweep away the moral sting of violent action? A captive population is being pummeled with missiles. Well ...

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Book Feature Friday (BFF): “We Make the Road by Walking” by Brian McLaren

(This is the first post in our series Book Feature Friday. Come back next week for another book review that expounds on mimetic theory.) On Thursday, July 31 at 3:00 Eastern, we interviewed the highly influential activist, author, and public theologian Brian McLaren about his latest book We Make the Road by Walking. Click here to watch this exciting chat about the events of Holy Week and interpreting biblic ...

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Michael Hardin on the Nonviolent Atonement, Mimetic Theory, and Science

Michael Hardin of Preaching Peace is one of the greatest teachers of mimetic theory and the nonviolent atonement. We were fortunate to have Michael with us on the Teaching Nonviolent Atonement Live Chat last October and are pleased to present Michael’s teaching to you now. In the video, Michael discusses mimetic theory, nonviolent atonement, the sacrificial principle, and scientific research into human imit ...

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Why Rewards Backfire with Children: Advice for Teachers and Parents

What impact does grading or rewarding our children for their school work have on their motivation to learn? There’s a wide range of thought on whether or not external rewards motivate kids to do well. But I am a Montessori pre-school directress, and so I am firmly in the camp of those against using external rewards. Here are my reasons. According to Dr. Maria Montessori, children are born with an intrinsic ...

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The Oxymoron of Peace

“At the same time, values and ideas which were considered universal, such as cooperation, mutual aid, international social justice and peace as an encompassing paradigm are also becoming irrelevant.” Maybe this piercing observation by Roberto Savio, founder of the news agency Inter Press Service, is the cruelest cut of all. Geopolitically speaking, hope — the official kind, represented, say, by the United N ...

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Battling to the End in Israel/ Palestine

Sometimes a blog just writes itself. I’m preparing to attend the annual academic conference on mimetic theory being held near Munich, Germany July 21-24, 2014. We will be focusing on René Girard’s book on war called Battling to the End in the context of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. Girard’s analysis of war centers on his reading of another famous treatise written in the aftermath o ...

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