Some have called him ‘the last prophet.’ Whatever you call him, French-born Stanford university philosopher Rene Girard is one of the great academic sages of our time — and a challenge not just because his work entangles the ideas of everyone from Georg Hegel and Friedrich Niestchze to William Shakespeare and Feodor Dostoevsky. The author of Things Hidden Since The Foundation Of The World, and I See Satan Fall Like Lightning is resolutely Christian, for starters.
Don’t let that put you off, however, from Girard’s core idea: that every person should “trust that he is a very important man for God, and his understanding of reality as a religious mystery is an event that rejoices God.” Take it from a guy who was born on December 25th, and speaks with the same certitude as Jesus: here’s a YouTube clip of Girard shedding light on some of his ideas, which include ‘mimetic desire’ and our hard-wired impulse to scapegoat .
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