About Adam Ericksen

Adam Ericksen is the Education Director for The Raven Foundation. He writes blogs and films vlogs on the Raven Foundation website that explore the intersections of mimetic theory, the news, religion, and popular culture. He is also a youth pastor where he engages young people with Christian tradition, mimetic theory, and youth culture.

Oprah, the One Question, and Mimetic Desire

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Oprah Winfrey is used to asking the questions, but there is one question that everyone asks Oprah.From presidents to world dignitaries to movie stars to housewives and househusbands to comedians to perpetrators of crimes to victims of crimes to rich and to poor, when the cameras stop rolling and the lights go off, the question is always the same:Was that okay?Can you believe it? People who seem to have all the success the world has to offer ask the same question as those who commit … [Read more...]

Full Inclusion of LGBTQ: A Leading Evangelical Ethicist Changes His Mind

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REPENT!Do shivers run down your spine when you hear that word? Well, there’s no getting around it – repent is an important biblical word. But as opposed to emphasizing how horrible we sinners are, the word simply means “Change your mind.” So, what happened when the leading American Evangelical ethicist repents? He asked the whole Church to change its mind, too.That’s what David Gushee has done in his latest book, Changing Our Mind: A Call From America’s Leading Evangelical Ethics Scholar … [Read more...]

On Being a Good Dad: Mimetic Desire, Toys, and How Not to Love Your Neighbor

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I consider myself to be a good dad.And that’s where the problem began.One of the main reasons that I consider myself to be a good dad is that I buy my children really cool toys…that I get to play with… Well, a few years ago I bought them a toy rocket with a launch pad. When I…err…I mean *they*…stomp on the pad the rocket launches 50 feet in the air! My status as a “good dad” increased last year when I bought my oldest son a set of Loom Bands. He loves making bracelets and necklaces with t … [Read more...]

How a Pacifist Says Thank You on Veterans Day

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I hope this doesn’t make me un-American, but I don’t celebrate Veterans Day; I mourn it. I mourn the lives lost. I mourn the visible and invisible scars created by war. I mourn that we haven’t found a way toward peace that doesn’t involve violence. I mourn that pacifists frequently blunder our message, falsely and self-righteously creating an “us” who are for peace and demonizing “them” who just want war. I mourn that we’ve had Isaiah’s vision for roughly 2,900 years and we still haven’t beaten o … [Read more...]

[Video] Mimetic Theory and the Nonviolent God

(Mimetic Theory and the Nonviolent God was delivered at the Christianity 21 Conference in Denver as part of the conference's 7-21 Talks. Participants have 21 slides that automatically advance every 20 seconds, which equals 7 minutes. The text is below.)When I was in seminary one of my best friends came up with a brilliant theological … pick up line.Hey baby. What’s your hermeneutic?Despite the genius of that question, we soon discovered that anytime you start a pick up line with, “Hey … [Read more...]

Winston Churchill, Jesus, and Redeeming Democracy

A voter gestures toward Mitch McConnell as he casts his ballot. (Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty)

Winston Churchill, the great 20th century politician and protector of democratic values, once quipped that, It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government, except all those others that have been tried.It’s Election Day here in the United States and my Facebook feed is full of pictures of my friends proudly voting. Other images of women from the early 1900 fighting for the right to vote appear on the feed, imploring women to vote in honor of the women who fought for the r … [Read more...]

The Rev. Dr. Stephanie VanSlyke on Christmas, Incarnation, and Salvation

The Rev. Dr. Stephanie VanSlyke discusses with us the importance of the birth of Jesus, Incarnation, and Salvation in the context of the early church. Below are notes from Stephanie for the chat:  Stephanie Perdew VanSlyke, M.Div., Ph.D. Reflecting on Christmas & the Incarnation Teaching Non-violent Atonement Video Chat with the Raven FoundationDecember 12, 2013When Protestant or Roman Catholic Christians from the contemporary West delve into the writings of the early … [Read more...]