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May 12, 2014
Faith Forward: The Future of Christian Education, Part 4
What’s Emerging? A New Story Dave Csinos, the founder and president of the Faith Forward...
May 05, 2014
Faith Forward: The Future of Christian Education, Part 3
What’s Emerging? A New Theology of Atonement Why do violence and religion appear to be...
April 07, 2014
Mimetic Mondays: Does God Create Evil? Mimetic Theory and Isaiah 45:7
We recently received a message on the Raven Foundation Facebook Page that raised a great question...
March 24, 2014
The First Lie: Language’s Big Bang
“Once a person begins to desire what the model desires, he learns very quickly that...
March 10, 2014
Attn SBNR: Biblical Violence Matters to Peace
It baffles me when people who are deeply concerned about peace and peacemaking define themselves...
February 24, 2014
Scandalized by Gangs: A Live Chat with Rev. Romal Tune
Before we chat with Rev. Romal Tune at Teaching Nonviolent Atonement this Wednesday, February 26,...
February 11, 2014
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The most recent short lived celebrity marriage lasted only two weeks: Rachel Snider is filing...
February 03, 2014
David Brooks and Religious Hostility: Tasting Goodness
In his column for the New York Times called Alone, Yet Not Alone, David Brooks...
January 27, 2014
Mimetic Theory Goes to Prison
I recently had the pleasure of discussing mimetic theory and scapegoating with our friends at...
January 13, 2014
Mimetic Mondays: Christianity 21 Talk: Mimetic Theory and the Nonviolent God
(Mimetic Theory and the Nonviolent God was delivered at the Christianity 21 Conference in Denver as part of...
December 30, 2013
Mimetic Mondays: 2013 Scandals – Attraction, Repulsion, and the Top 5 Ways to Become Scandal-less in 2014
As defined by mimetic theory, scandal gives offense and arouses indignation. Mimetic theory spells out...
December 09, 2013
Mimetic Monday: Reflecting on Christmas & the Incarnation by Stephanie Perdew VanSlyke, M.Div., Ph.D.
Why did the birth of Jesus matter to the early church? What did they think...
November 25, 2013
The Truth about Thanksgiving: Why You Should Celebrate
The antidote to feel-good history is not feel-bad history but honest and inclusive history. James...
November 18, 2013
New York Times Video and Mimetic Theory Part 1: The Contagion of Yawning and the Social Glue
It just so happens that middle schoolers and the New York Times are asking the...
October 28, 2013
Hellbound? on Halloween: A Live Chat with Director Kevin Miller about Mimetic Theory and Hell
Who would you like to see bound to Hell to suffer eternal conscious torment? Okay,...
October 21, 2013
Politics and Mimetic Theory: Dick Cheney, Barack Obama, and the Search for a Common Enemy
This morning on the Today Show, co-host Savannah Guthrie interviewed Dick Cheney about his heart...
October 15, 2013
Video Interview with Author David Dawson: Violence, Atonement, and the Scapegoat: The History of an Idea
René Girard has said that his entire mimetic theory “has existed silently in common language”, hidden...
October 07, 2013
Converting Jesus: Anger and the Pharisees
One of the big hurdles when it comes to teaching nonviolent Atonement is the anger, or wrath,...
September 17, 2013
Mimetic Theory and American Exceptionalism
By Suzanne Ross and Adam Ericksen The Raven Foundation So out of the entire op-ed...
September 09, 2013
Mimetic Mondays: Reflections on Syria
By Adam Ericksen and Suzanne Ross As the world wrestles with how to respond to the...
September 03, 2013
The Nonviolent Atonement: Brian McLaren and James Alison on Violence, God, and Mimetic Theory
[Editor's Note: This post, by Adam Ericksen from The Raven Foundation, is the second in...
August 26, 2013
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