Ren? Girard and Secular Modernity: Christ, Culture, and Crisis

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Ren? Girard and Secular Modernity: Christ, Culture, and Crisis

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In Ren? Girard and Secular Modernity: Christ, Culture, and Crisis, Scott Cowdell provides the first systematic interpretation of Ren? Girard s controversial approach to secular modernity. Cowdell identifies the scope, development, and implications of Girard s thought, the centrality of Christ in Girard s thinking, and, in particular, Girard s distinctive take on the uniqueness and finality of Christ in terms of his impact on Western culture. In Girard s singular vision, according to Cowdell, secular modernity has emerged thanks to the Bible s exposure of the cathartic violence that is at the root of religious prohibitions, myths, and rituals. In the literature, the psychology, and most recently the military history of modernity, Girard discerns a consistent slide into an apocalypse that challenges modern ideas of romanticism, individualism, and progressivism.

In the first three chapters, Cowdell examines the three elements of Girard s basic intellectual vision (mimesis, sac