Are the Gospels mythical?

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Are the Gospels mythical?

Post  AustenFan on Sun Aug 23, 2009 7:35 pm

A rather long, but excellent article by Rene Girard from the journal of Catholic thought and practice, "First Things". No, Jesus is not the same as other Savior gods:

http://www.firstthings.com/article/2007/10/002-are-the-gospels-mythical-11
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I can't begin to tell you

Post  VicarJoe on Mon Aug 24, 2009 8:47 am

how strange it is for me (and I suspect for Cradle) to see people like Rene Girard writing pieces like this. We encountered Girard in grad school courses (alongside other recent defenders of the faith like Terry Eagleton and Stanley Fish), in an environment totally hostile to orthodoxy. To find them now, all these years later, writing pieces like this is as surprising as anything I've encountered as a reader.

That idea of mimetic contagion is brilliant. Girard is brilliant. I used his work as the basis of a grad school essay almost 15 years ago.
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I completely agree with that, Joe.

Post  cradlerc on Mon Aug 24, 2009 11:58 am

It's hard to convey how very, very strange it is. And I also feel a little cheated--like, hey, what took you guys so long? I could've used your support back in grad school! Laughing

In all serious, though, to have these voices emerging that add some diersity to the academic discourse in this way is beyond exciting for me.
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I read it thoroughly

Post  Thereforeiam on Thu Aug 27, 2009 10:06 pm

and I don't come to the same conclusions as you folks but what's new, huh?
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