Matthew Distefano asserts that we have not moved beyond human sacrifice. Instead, “We have just become more subtle in our sacrificing,” when we send our soldiers off to kill and die in war.
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About Matthew Distefano
Your Voice contributor Matthew Distefano is writing his first book on universal reconciliation and advocates for nonviolence. He lives in Northern California and is married with one daughter.
Entries by Matthew Distefano
“There is never “enough” peace, not until we are all living in true Peace in the kingdom of God.” But we can start to make ourselves and our lives more peaceful now, with practical advice from Matthew Distefano.
The 2016 election season bears the rotten fruit of scapegoating. Matthew Distefano reflects on how we may turn from the chaos of accusation to the peace of empathy and forgiveness.
The thought of death is gloomy and grim / but Matthew has a hope within him / that God reconciles all under death’s spell / for Love always wins, thus all will be well.
Matthew Distefano sees the scapegoating mechanism at work as media outlets refer to white militiamen in Oregon as “occupiers” and “protestors” but use terms like “thugs” and “terrorists” to describe similar behavior in African Americans and Muslims.
“Our posture matters,” Matthew Distefano says. Faith is postured toward discovery… not defending a static understanding of truth but remaining open to the Spirit who goes where she will and transcends all boundaries.
Matthew Distefano shines a new light on 1 Corinthians 13.
In light of his Islamophobic rhetoric, Matthew Distefano pens an open letter to presidential candidate Donald Trump, imploring him to follow the nonviolent way of Jesus.
At René Girard’s funeral, Matthew Distefano finds the words to articulate the profound effects Girard and mimetic theory have had on his life.
Matthew Distefano asserts that religious Christianity brings death, but Jesus, who defied boundaries and purity codes and welcomed those beyond the margins into his embrace, brings life.
The Wicked Truth
The Thinking Person’s Guide to The Wildly Successful Broadway Musical
Employing political, social, and historical examples against the backdrop of the musical Wicked, The Wicked Truth: When Good People Do Bad Things explores the ways in which modern society is not so different than the mythical land of Oz, challenging the very framework of our culture, our understanding of Good and Evil, as well as our sense of right and wrong. Written by Raven Foundation Co-Founder Suzanne Ross.
Tangles of Desire
In her second book, The Wicked Truth About Love: The Tangles of Desire, Raven Foundation Co-Founder Suzanne Ross examines the trials and travails of romantic love through the lens of mimetic theory.
On the page, you can watch videos, take a quiz, download music, read a chapter of the book, and discover your romantic pattern. It's wicked fun!
Illustrations by Susan Drawbaugh of Wee Five Designs.