For those versed in Mimetic Theory who want to explore its deeper implications, T&P Contributing Theologian Rev. Paul Nuechterlein will outline the ways in which Girard’s thought reveals the structural nature of racism as systemic scapegoating.
Paul Nuechterlein is a noted expert in interpreting the Bible through the lens of René Girard’s Mimetic Theory, with an eye to both theology and anthropology. A student of Girard’s work for over 20 years, Paul has built and maintains this website, Girardian Reflections on the Lectionary, which receives an average of 600 visits each day from people across denominations and around the world. Recently retired after 30 years of parish ministry in ELCA congregations, he is now able to devote full-time to his passion for spreading the Gospel of peace and justice, which he believes is at the heart of Jesus’ faith. With the birth of Paul’s new ministry, Discipleship Seminars in Mimetic Theory. He is the Contributing Theologian for Theology and Peace, Paul has also served on the Board of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion.
Tuesday morning 9:30AM-12:30PM. Free.
Texts will include:
- Paul Dumouchel, Barren Sacrifice: An Essay on Political Violence (MSU Press, 2015).
- Kelly Brown Douglas, Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God (Orbis Books, 2015).