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"Symmetries of the Kingdom:Suggestions from Girard and Bonhoeffer on thinking the church-state relation"

Lenehan, Kevin A. (2010) "Symmetries of the Kingdom:Suggestions from Girard and Bonhoeffer on thinking the church-state relation". The Heythrop Journal, 51 (4). pp. 567-581. ISSN 0018-1196

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Abstract

The work of René Girard invites us to re-imagine a ‘religious – secular’ interactivity within the social space in a way that is released from the violent dualisms of the ‘sacred/profane.’ Earlier in the twentieth century, Dietrich Bonhoeffer found himself considering precisely the same task, and suggested directions for a remarkably positive theology of the church-state relation, even as the inherited forms of both church and state were collapsing around him. This paper will explore the Girardian scenario about church and state becoming rivalrous ‘doubles’ – whether it be secular utopic projects doubling religious narratives of redemption, or historical churches doubling the state as parallel yet purer societies – and will suggest theological resources from the writings of Bonhoeffer by which a non-rivalrous church-state relationality, both mutually-constituting and mutually-limiting, can be described.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, René Girard, church and state
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
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 02:09
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2013 23:39
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1193

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