An introduction to Christianity for adults, Jesus the Forgiving Victim combines essays with video sessions to offer something quite fresh in the field of introductions to faith while embracing a straightforward Christian orthodoxy. Where a course of instruction tells you about something, gives you information, a course of induction, which is what Jesus the Forgiving Victim is, works cumulatively and allows you to find yourself summoned into being on the inside of something new. By embarking on this course, you join others on a journey of discovery that will open your hearts and minds to discovering new things about yourself and your faith. Alison is a Catholic theologian, priest, and author who was trained as a systematic theologian.
This is a wonderful site to learn about “Spirituality and simple living, gardening, literature, crime fiction, film, theology, the arts” and much more. With a great overview of mimetic theory and rivalry, you can check out the authors “in process notes on Girardian thought.”
Biblical Peacemaking is the website of speaker Jim Warren. With a mission to inspire interest in the Bible and communicate the Bible’s amazing relevance to contemporary issues of violence, Jim uses Rene Girard’s work to explore Biblical texts.
The Cornerstone Forum seeks to “foster a better understanding of the challenges that confront the Christian vocation in our time.” The Forum does this by elucidating the anthropology of René Girard and the theology of Benedict XVI, John Paul II, Henri de Lubac, Hans Urs Von Balthasar, and others. Workshops, retreats, CDs, tapes, and books are all available.
The Colloquium on Violence and Religion website is “The official website for exploration, criticism, and development of René Girard’s Mimetic Theory.” International scholars from diverse fields contribute to our understanding of mimetic theory. Here you can learn how to become a member of COV&R, view essays from “Girardians,” read interviews with Girard, and subscribe to Contagion, the journal of COV&R.
This is one of the best online introductions to mimetic theory. Nuechterlein relates mimetic theory and the Bible in a very compelling way by providing exegesis, reflection, and resources. His explanation of culture, religion, and violence are very helpful for those beginning to understand mimetic theory.
An interreligious group of committed thinkers and activists from the greater Detroit area who wish to affirm, yet move beyond, the parameters of institutional religious life. Solidly rooted in the influences that shape us, we hold that the deeper promise embedded in each of our traditions can only be achieved while inter-connected with others.
Andrew Marr, OSB, the abbot of the Benedictine Episcopal monastery, St. Gregory’s Abbey, in Three Rivers, Michigan, provides articles on Benedictine spirituality, mimetic theory and fantasy.
Imitatio provides searchable primary texts of Girard’s work on mimetic theory, provide video and audio access to events, conduct discussions of current research and other issues, announce research opportunities and fellowships, deliver conference information, and indicate helpful links.
Eric provides excellent articles on mimetic theory. In addition to his articles, his three part video series is one of the best video introductions to mimetic theory on the Internet. That series can be found on the homepage of Mimetic Margins.
This site offers an extensive list of articles about Mimetic Theory that can be downloaded at no cost.
Susan Wright’s blog explores mimetic theory, popular culture, and the lectionary. Her articles are thoughtful, humorous, and deeply spiritual. You will find a treasure of wisdom here. Susan has an MA in Theology from Bexley Hall Episcopal Seminary, lives in Syracuse NY, and leads an open discussion group called “pub(lic) spirituality” that meets at Empire Brewing Company in Syracuse.
The Nonviolent Peaceforce is building a large-scale trained, international civilian nonviolent peaceforce that is sent to conflict areas to prevent death and destruction and protect human rights, thus creating the space for local groups to enter into dialogue and to seek peaceful resolution to local conflicts.
Peace On Earth Film Festival (POEFF) is a not-for-profit festival established to celebrate and encourage the work of independent filmmakers from around the world on the themes of peace, nonviolence, social justice and eco-balance. POEFF aims to contribute to a culture of peace through international cinema, dialogue and programming highlighting individuals on the vanguard of peace activism and social change. POEFF endeavors to enlighten and empower individuals, families, and communities to step out of the ignorance of conflict, violence and divisiveness, into the light of communication, consideration, tolerance and understanding.
Preaching Peace was conceived as a hermeneutic tool to help clergy as they preached the gospel from a peacemaking perspective utilizing the mimetic theory. Preaching Peace went online in November 2002 edited by Michael Hardin and Rev. Jeff Krantz (Episcopal). The website has since expanded to include a team of over 12 distinctive writers and now serves over 10,000 visitors a month. View a video outtake of “Hellbound?” with Michael Hardin and support the work of Preaching Peace here.
AMES (the Affiliation of Mimetic theory for Emerging Scholars) is a network of early career academics who work with the mimetic theory of Rene Girard, within COV&R (the Colloquium On Violence & Religion), the official association dedicated to Girardian scholarship. Their blog is called “Skandalon Scholars” after Girard’s use of the word “skandalon”– a scandal, a stumbling-block. They hope to advance the scholarship of Girardian theory, opening new possiblities for the application of mimetic theory, and to be unafraid to be provocative and scandalous in our attempts.
The Philosophical Journal of Conflict and Violence (PJCV) is devoted to fostering discussion at the interface of philosophy, psychiatry, psychology, anthropology and political theory. The journal welcomes original articles providing philosophical insights about topics such as conflict, war, crime, and aggression. The PJCV encompasses contributions from the history of philosophy to more interdisciplinary studies. Specifically, the main ambition of the journal is to form a database on the conceptual, metaphysical, ethical and epistemological issues related to past and contemporary phenomena of violence.
This site is an introduction to Suzanne Ross’ book The Wicked Truth, the thinking person’s guide to the wildly successful Broadway musical Wicked. Using contemporary and historical examples, Ross reveals the similarities between our world and the Land of Oz. At this site, you can interact with Suzanne, request and learn about speaking engagements, and buy the book.
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.