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By Pierpaolo Antonello,Paul Gifford

Are religions intrinsically violent (as is strenuously argued by way of the ‘new atheists’)? Or, as Girard argues, have they been functionally rational tools built to control and take care of the intrinsically violent runaway dynamic that characterizes human social association in all classes of human background? Is violence reducing during this time of secular modernity post-Christendom (as argued by way of Steven Pinker and others)? Or are we, really, at elevated or even apocalyptic probability from our improved powers of motion and our reduced socio-symbolic protections? Rene Girard’s mimetic concept has been slowly yet gradually well-known as some of the most awesome leap forward contributions to twentieth-century serious considering in basic anthropology: particularly for its strength to version and clarify violent sacralities, historical and smooth. the current quantity units this energy of clarification in an evolutionary and Darwinian body. It asks: How a long way do cultural mechanisms of controlling violence, which allowed humankind to move the edge of hominization—i.e., to outlive and increase in its evolutionary emergence—still signify this day a default environment that threatens to wreck us? will we go beyond them and get away their box of gravity? may still we glance to—or may still we glance beyond—Darwinian survival? What—and the place (if anywhere)—is salvation?

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