Why did it take the Crucifixion to save us?
Perhaps the single-most important theological question in Christianity is: what is the relationship between the death of Christ on the Cross and the forgiveness of sins and the redemption of the human race? René Girard’s contribution to this question is indispensable to the task which the Second Vatican Council implicitly assigned to us, namely, that of developing a theological anthropology. In this session of the E.R.I. Gil Bailie looks to Girard’s work and suggest some of its surprising – and surprisingly orthodox – theological implications.