There’s an intriguing interview with Rene Girard in Touchstone as well. His most provocative comments come in response to a question about his “non-sacrificial” understanding of the death of Christ:
“It is not quite true that I take what you have called a ‘non-sacrificial reading of the death of Christ.’ We must establish first of all that there are two kinds of sacrifice.
“Both forms are shown together (and I am not sure anywhere else) in the story of Solomon’s judgment in the third chapter of 1 Kings. Two prostitutes bring a baby. They are doubles engaging in a rivalry over what is apparently a surviving child. When Solomon offers to split the child, the one woman says, ‘yes,’ because she wishes to triumph over her rival. The other woman then says, ‘No, she may have the child,’ because she seeks only its life. On the basis of this love, the king declares that ‘she is the mother.’