Research Repository

University Crest


Lenehan, Kevin A. (2012) GIRARD’S THEORY AND THE TASKS OF THEOLOGY. In: Violence, Desire, and the Sacred: Girard’s Mimetic Theory Across the Disciplines. Bloomsbury Academic, London and New York, pp. 105-126. ISBN 978-1441194015

[img] PDF
Restricted to Registered users only

Download (286kB) | Request a copy


The reception of René Girard’s theory by Christian theologians has been ongoing since the 1970s. With its key elements of the cultural role of religion, the link between desire, violence and religion, and the centrality of the Judeo-Christian revelation, Girard’s theory offers theologians many challenging and suggestive perspectives. While some theologians have warmly embraced these Girardian perspectives, and others have been cautious or even suspicious of them, more attention needs to be given to the theological adequacy of the broad scope of Girard’s theory.
This paper seeks to contribute to such an evaluation. It reflects on theological tasks arising from three contexts of the Christian community and mission: the task of apologetic in the face of contradiction, the task of hermeneutics in the face of incomprehension, and the task of dialogue in the fact of inattention or indifference (H. Waldenfels). For each task, directions offered by Girard’s theory are explored. While acknowledging the need for critical engagement, it is argued that the anthropological and theological insights of Girard’s thought provide rich and innovative approaches for these theological tasks.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: mimetic theory, fundamental theology, René Girard
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Rev Dr Kevin A. Lenehan
Date Deposited: 09 May 2013 23:38
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2013 23:34
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1191

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Document Downloads

More statistics for this item...