Why Mimetic Theory?
Mimetic insights helped us understand the violence in the bible, at the cross, and in our world. It has helped us imagine an end to scapegoating by beginning with our own conversion. And it speaks to our longing to be agents of God’s mercy, love and healing presence in the world.
You’ll find ample evidence of why mimetic theory matters to us just from reading our articles, watching our videos, or listening to our podcasts. When you find yourself slapping your forehead and thinking “I never thought about it that way before”, you’re having a mimetic theory moment. It happens to us all the time!
For a more direct introduction to Girard’s insights, we offer the resources on this page. You can start anywhere – just follow your interests and enjoy the excitement of discovering fresh ways to think about God, Christianity, and a workable path to peace.
Explore the big questions of faith and life’s purpose with this multi-part video series featuring Dr. Chris Haw. The series provides an introduction to mimetic theory and the writings of René Girard. Professor of Theology at the University of Scranton, Dr. Chris Haw is the author of “Jesus for President”and “From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart”. He is an important figure in the New Monasticism.
Jesus the Forgiving Victim: Listening for the Unheard Voice is an online course created and led by leading mimetic theory theologian, James Alison. Learn more about this amazing resource to encounter the mercy, nonviolence and love of God that permeates the Biblical story.
If you enjoy discovering new ways to understand familiar Bible texts, this resource is for you. Prepared by leading mimetic theory scholar and Lutheran pastor, Paul Nuechterlein, this unique website offers resources for preaching and teaching Scripture, online events, retreats and workshops.