In this excellent five-part radio documentary series made by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in 2011, IDEAS producer David Cayley introduces the thought of Rene Girard on the Scapegoat. The programmes feature interviews with Rene Girard, Paul Dumouchel, Jean-Michel Oughourlian and James Alison.


"Girard has demonstrated how the Gospel has definitively unveiled the Scapegoat Mechanism - the sacrificial system on which human society has been based. A system which demands the sacrifice of innocent victims. Now that it has been demystified, however, it has lost its ability to control human violence. This now presents humanity with a stark choice: either perish through increasingly uncontrollable violence or build a society based on love."


The CBC programme homepage can be found here
or the five one-hour programmes can be listened to directly below.


Programme 1: Violence in Human Societies
and How Religion Controls Violence Through Sacrifice.


Programme 2: The Breakdown of Sacrifice in the Ancient World
and the Emergence of a New Approach to Social Order in the Hebrew Bible


Programme 3: The Gospel as an Intellectual Breakthrough in Human Culture
The Definitive Revelation of the Scapegoat Mechanism.


Programme 4: The Innocence of the Victim:
The Hidden Spell of Satan in the Scapegoat Mechanism Broken


Programme 5: Christianity: The Invisible Foundation of the Modern World
A Christian Response to the Enlightenment, Nietzsche and Modern 'Political Correctness'



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