In a relatively short (about 36 minutes) interview with the influential French thinker Rene Girard, Peter Robinson from the Hoover Institution manages to cover much of the essential ground of Girard's work. At a time when religion in general has become increasingly unpopular Girard's work has helped rediscover the unique insights which the Gospels carry about humanity's dangerous propensity for violence but also how we can be saved from it. The topics covered are listed below.

 

 

1.  Introduction.   (0:00)

SEGMENT 1: INSIGHTS

2.  'Mimetic Desire' explained.   (1:19)

3.  How Mimetic Desire Leads to Confict.   (3:38)

SEGMENT 2: THE SCAPEGOATING MECHANISM

4.  The Scapegoating Mechanism.   (7:37)

5.  The Scapegoat in Mythology.   (11:10)

SEGMENT 3: THE MYTH THAT HAPPENED

6.  How Christianity Differs from Mythology.   (13:57)

7.  The Importance of Christianity.   (17:50)

SEGMENT 4: RENE GIRARD AND THE MODERN WORLD

8.  Analysing the Decline of Christianity.   (20:19)

9.  Differences Between Christianity and Islam.   (22:47)

10. Apocalypse and Modern Society.   (24:45)

11. Closing Comments.   (30:27)

 

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