“Mimetic theory is a no brainer,” states a student of Andrew McKenna, in an essay written within the confines of prison. The anthropological truth of mimetic theory, exposed in Scripture and expressed in literature, is deeply understood by prisoners. Suzanne Ross introduces us to Professor Andrew McKenna and his compassionate outreach to prisoners through his teaching of African American classics as they “unveil the sacrificial dynamics that propel myriad forms of racial oppression.”
Author Archive for: Suzanne Ross
About Suzanne Ross
Suzanne Ross is a co-founder of the Raven Foundation and the author of two books: The Wicked Truth: When Good People Do Bad Things and The Wicked Truth About Love: The Tangles of Desire. Suzanne is a certified Montessori pre-school teacher, a curriculum designer and workshop leader, and a former director of Christian Education at her UCC church. Her blogs also appear at Patheos and Sojourners.
Entries by Suzanne Ross
“If you pander to racists, are you a racist?” “If you fall in love with a liar, is the love true or false?” How do we deal with issues of denial and self-deception, especially if we don’t know or can’t admit that we are deceived? Suzanne Ross explore these questions in the post-show discussion for “The Black Slot” at AstonRep Theater on September 18th.
Dr. Asma Afsaruddin takes up the issue of violent jihad and convincingly explains why such a belief is a misreading of the Koran. The Raven Foundation sponsored Dr. Afsaruddin’s lecture at this year’s Colloquium on Violence and Religion. We present her lecture her in video and audio format.
Do you teach undergraduates? Do you use mimetic theory in your course? If you answered yes to both those questions, the Raven Foundation 10th Anniversary Contest is for you!
Dear Readers, The Raven team is taking a break from blogging in July to rest and renew our minds, bodies and spirits. As always, our hearts will be overflowing with…
Major Neill Franklin of the Baltimore police was on the front line in the war on drugs for thirty-four years. He put hundreds of users and dealers behind bars. But…
Recently, Stephen Marche accused Peter Thiel, Girard student and famous tech billionaire, of scapegoating Gawker by financing Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against it. It’s good to be in touch with the scapegoating mechanism, but Marche misses the mark on mimetic theory. Suzanne Ross explains.
“We are the willing participants in a strange, modern mutation of the ancient rites: our new High Priest[Obama] touts his Peace Prize as he presides over a small, elite force of combat troops who have become victim/ priests… willing to kill others and also to die to keep us safe and secure.” – Suzanne Ross
“If you are longing for an encounter with God,” Suzanne Ross advises, “… look to children. You will discover that the story of Creation is… a radically new kind of story that consists of an ongoing beginning without end.”
Radovan Karadzic’s guilty verdict for ethnic cleansing against Bosnian Muslims may have come as a surprise only to himself. But we would all be surprised to learn the true extent of our violence if we look past our self-justifying narratives, Suzanne Ross argues.
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.
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