Tag Archives: Christianity

Vaccination

“It is evident that Christianity, however degraded and distorted by cruelty and intolerance, must always exert a modifying influence on men’s passions, and protect them from the more violent forms of fanatical fever, as we are protected from smallpox by … Continue reading

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Violence & the Sacred Episode 10: Violence and Religion

A 2004 presentation by René Girard to the Stanford University Catholic Community.

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Violence & the Sacred Episode 1: Friday Afternoon Stanford Seminar with René Girard – 2006

This recording was made in 2006 during one of the informal Friday afternoon seminars which professor René Girard and those interested in his work had been convening since the late 1980’s. The seminars were generally held every two weeks when … Continue reading

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A Viral Hegemonic Discourse

Over the past weeks it has been amazing to see how quickly our focus has shifted from what seemed at the time matters of urgent concern to another crisis of world altering dimensions. As we all hunker down and pray … Continue reading

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Big Data & Human Sacrifice

The following comes from an article posted on The Atlantic magazine website: In 1598, a European miner working in the Bolivian highlands stumbled across a 10-year-old Andean girl who was still alive, despite having been walled up inside a funerary … Continue reading

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Calculus

The school year has begun and many high school and college students are beginning the study of calculus – the mathematical study of continuous change. In the present age, if one lives through all the intimate and personal changes from … Continue reading

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Logos

As I have often said from the podium, it helps to clear away the “spirit of the age” clutter to ask: Why are we here? Or: What are humans for? Now that I’ve violated the one grammatical principle that I … Continue reading

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The Crutch of Disbelief

Many people believe either that Christianity is nonsense or that any form of it that would be recognizable to the Christians of the past is too out of step with the age and too politically dangerous to be tolerated. They … Continue reading

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Proof

Christianity has never produced proofs in the sense given to the word by gross men; its best and only proof is just that it offers none. Charles Péguy

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A view of multiculturalism from 1925

The theory was that a Christian and a Mahometan might learn the same lessons in the same class, on ninety-nine subjects out of a hundred, so long as nobody mentioned Mahomet or mentioned Christ, It seems strange that nobody noticed … Continue reading

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