Exploring and Practicing Spirituality
Spiritual Enrichment Gatherings
Third Tuesday of Each Month at Church of Reconciliation,110 N Elliott Rd, Chapel Hill. Everyone is welcome!
September 19, 2017
Reading Scripture With Rene Girard
Jim Hynes, Director of Adult Formation and Catechumenate, St. Thomas More
Rene Girard was a French philosopher and literary critic, described by Bishop Robert Barron as one of “a tiny handful of thinkers that manage to shake your world”. He had two remarkable insights: the first is that human desire is “mimetic”, that is, we desire objects because other people desire them. Just watch two toddlers squabbling over one toy, for example! The second insight is that of the “scapegoating mechanism”; that is, tensions within a group which arise from mimetic desire are resolved by uniting to blame or cast out another group or individual held responsible for the conflict.
Rene Girard and other scholars applied these insights to reading the Bible and discovered a remarkable thing: the Bible knows all about mimetic desire and scapegoating violence, and overthrows them both in the death and resurrection of Jesus, showing that God is on the side of the scapegoated victim.
This introduction to the thought of Rene Girard will look at familiar Biblical texts in a new light, including the Temptation of Adam and Eve, the Story of Cain and Abel, the Sacrifice of Isaac, The Ten Commandments, The Beatitudes, The Woman Caught in Adultery, the Letter to the Hebrews and the Christology of John’s Gospel.
October 17th, 2017: Mary Grace McCoy, Ignatian Spirituality
November 21, 2017: Mark Davidson, Howard Thurman: Black Quaker Mystic
December: no program
January 16, 2018: Allison Davidson, The Spirituality of Epiphany