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By Pierpaolo Antonello,Paul Gifford

Are religions intrinsically violent (as is strenuously argued via the ‘new atheists’)? Or, as Girard argues, have they been functionally rational tools built to regulate and focus on the intrinsically violent runaway dynamic that characterizes human social association in all classes of human background? Is violence lowering during this time of secular modernity post-Christendom (as argued by means of Steven Pinker and others)? Or are we, particularly, at elevated or even apocalyptic threat from our more desirable powers of motion and our lowered socio-symbolic protections? Rene Girard’s mimetic thought has been slowly yet steadily well-known as probably the most outstanding step forward contributions to twentieth-century severe considering in primary anthropology: specifically for its energy to version and clarify violent sacralities, historic and sleek. the current quantity units this energy of clarification in an evolutionary and Darwinian body. It asks: How some distance do cultural mechanisms of controlling violence, which allowed humankind to pass the brink of hominization—i.e., to outlive and improve in its evolutionary emergence—still characterize this day a default environment that threatens to ruin us? will we go beyond them and get away their box of gravity? should still we glance to—or should still we glance beyond—Darwinian survival? What—and the place (if anywhere)—is salvation?

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By Pierpaolo Antonello,Paul Gifford

Are religions intrinsically violent (as is strenuously argued via the ‘new atheists’)? Or, as Girard argues, have they been functionally rational tools built to regulate and focus on the intrinsically violent runaway dynamic that characterizes human social association in all classes of human background? Is violence lowering during this time of secular modernity post-Christendom (as argued by means of Steven Pinker and others)? Or are we, particularly, at elevated or even apocalyptic threat from our more desirable powers of motion and our lowered socio-symbolic protections? Rene Girard’s mimetic thought has been slowly yet steadily well-known as probably the most outstanding step forward contributions to twentieth-century severe considering in primary anthropology: specifically for its energy to version and clarify violent sacralities, historic and sleek. the current quantity units this energy of clarification in an evolutionary and Darwinian body. It asks: How some distance do cultural mechanisms of controlling violence, which allowed humankind to pass the brink of hominization—i.e., to outlive and improve in its evolutionary emergence—still characterize this day a default environment that threatens to ruin us? will we go beyond them and get away their box of gravity? should still we glance to—or should still we glance beyond—Darwinian survival? What—and the place (if anywhere)—is salvation?

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