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Kevin Miller on Hell, Universal Salvation, and Mimetic Theory

Hell. The concept has come under fire. Fortunately, Kevin Miller is here to put out the flames. Kevin is the star and director of the critically important documentary Hellbound?, where Kevin interviews a diverse group of pastors, theologians, social commentators, and musicians. Kevin also blogs at his excellent website, Hellbound?: Exploring Faith and Film, Good and Evil. In the interview, Kevin brilliantly ...

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James Warren on Magic and Mimetic Theory: A Discussion about “Compassion or Apocalypse?”

One of my favorite teachers of mimetic theory is James Warren. Jim is a magician who masterfully unveils the workings of mimetic theory in his book Compassion or Apocalypse: A Comprehensible Guide to the Thought of René Girard. Jim’s book is so good that it’s one of the few that I have in both book and ebook format. I highly recommend it! In this engaging interview, Jim talks about the fundamental elements ...

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Islam, Muhammad, and Jesus – A Discussion with Lindsey Paris-Lopez and Adam Ericksen

Lindsey and Adam discuss their personal stories about Islam. Lindsey tells her story of growing up a Christian, converting to Islam, and converting back to Christianity. Adam tells his story of becoming "brothers" with a Muslim from Bangladesh. Then Lindsey and Adam explore these questions previously submitted: 1. What do you view as the most important commonality and the most important difference between C ...

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Book Feature Friday: “In Borrowed Houses” by Frances Fuller

Involuntarily hosting a goat in her living room, while tremendously inconvenient, turned out to be one of the more benign adventures. Living as a missionary for Baptist Publications, part of the Near East Baptist Mission, during the Lebanese Civil War, Frances Fuller narrowly avoided sniper fire and suicide bombers, shared tears and embraces, worked hard, prayed harder, and above all manifested the wondrous ...

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Islam and the Mother Lode of Bad Ideas: The Bill Maher, Sam Harris, and Ben Affleck Debate

Rene Girard has a prophetic warning in his book Battling to the End about the West’s fight against Islamic jihadists: The West is going to exhaust itself in its fight against Islamic terrorism, which Western arrogance has undeniably kindled. That Western arrogance was on display last weekend on Real Time with Bill Maher. The tense debate about Islam between Bill Maher, Sam Harris, and Ben Affleck has been s ...

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A Prayer for Abraham’s Children

Abraham’s children do not always get along. Exclusive claims made by his descendants have been catalysts for bloodshed over the centuries. This is especially tragic because the distinctions between the faiths should never override the central message common to all of them: that God is loving and merciful. Far more important than any name by which we could call God -- whether we say Ha Shem (the Name), Allah ...

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Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus

This Thursday at 12:00 Eastern, we have the good pleasure of talking with Benjamin Corey about his book Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus. Now, by “we,” I mean exactly that. You and I will be able to ask Benjamin questions and make comments about his book on a live chat! All you have to do is register (for free!) by clicking here. Why do we at Teaching Nonviolent Atonement want to talk w ...

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Renewed Trust for a New Year: Blessed Rosh Hashanah

Leshanah tovah tikateiv veteichateim! May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year! Rosh Hashanah commenced at sunset yesterday evening, and with it the 5775th year of the Jewish calendar. So here at the Raven Foundation we wish a Happy New Year to all of our Jewish friends, and find in this holy day an opportunity for reflection upon both our inward faith and our outward practice of shalom. Like its sec ...

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How Christians Reject Jesus: On Trying to Outsmart God

Here at the Raven Foundation we have written a lot about nonviolence. We take seriously the words of Jesus that we should love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. We believe that violence begets violence, or as Jesus put it, “Those who live by the sword die by the sword.” We also take seriously the words of Rene Girard, the founder of mimetic theory, that we are now “confronted with a perfectly ...

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What ISIL Beheadings Can Teach Us about God and The Cross

What’s the difference between a beheading and a crucifixion? I ask the question as a Christian because we profess that a method of execution every bit as shocking, and perhaps even more cruel, than the beheader’s axe is the vehicle of our salvation. If we do not reflect upon the difference (and the disturbing similarities) between our veneration of the cross and the state support of the beheader’s axe by th ...

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