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Mimetic Theory

Mimetic Theory

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Mimetictheoryissimplyawayabouttalkingabouthumanbeings(whywearethewayweare).Wantsdonotarisespontaneously.AsChristiansweneverwanttobethemodelofdesire.Belikeme,butdon'tbeexactlylikeme.-classicdoublebind[Isthisapowerstructure?i.e.Idothistogivemyselfpower...Ihavea"law"toconvictsomeoneofifthey"disobey"mycommand]Becausealldesireisimmitated,thereisnosuchthingasan"individual"weare"interdividual"(wordmadeupbyReneG.)whatmakesus'being'isthatwearebeingsinrelationshipJesus'desireishisfather'sdesireAllotherdesires(otherthanGod's)haveafinitesupply.Languageofpositiveimmitation1.Follow/following-greekword(akoulu(th)eiv)isatechnicaltermfordiscipleshipinthesynopticgospels2.Disciple-apprentice-imitater-student-simpleintellectuallearning3.Father/Sonimitation-gospelofJohnJohnisverydifferentfromtheothergospels,peoplesay"itdoesn'thavemuchtosayaboutJesus"Actuallyitisnotsodifferent...4."TheSonofMan"-figureofcorporatepersonality-onepersonstandsinplaceofthemanyking,priest,father,...wordforthemany==allfederalheadship-whatonepersondoesaffectseverybodyOriginsofterm:Apocalypticlit.-usedforviolentMessiahconceptDaniel-usedtwice-1Enoch-10-15timesEzekiel-94times-herethephrasemeans"figureofcorporatepersonality"Jesususesthisphrasetomean"notonlyamIthis,butweallarepartofit"~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Thescapegoatinthemimetictheoryisthefirstpolyvalentsymbolapolyvalentsymbolissomethingthatcanbecalledtwothingsatthesametime(itisanabstraction)symbolsarebehindmetaphors,metaphorsarebehindnarrativesthevictimistheoriginatoroflanguage(towerofbabel(thefirsthumansacrifice??))Steps:demonize-wemakeademonsowecanbejustifiedinviolenceagainstitmakesacred-thescapegoatthendeliverspeace(initsdeath)ScapegoatingonlyworksifthereisunanimousagreementJesusisafailedscapegoatbecausesomelingerbythecross~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
Whatisthenatureofscripture?ScriptureisthewrittenwordofGod.Itisgoodforinstruction,teaching,etc.ItisahistoricalnarrativeofofGod'sinteractionwithmankind.Luther,Calvin,anabaptists,etc.Scripture-WordinnerwitnessoftheSpiritthischangeswithinxyearsofthedeathofLuther,Calvin,etc.Jesusrefusedtosacrilizethehistoryofhispeople.However,hedidrecognizeGod'sworkinthathistory.John1:the"Word"isnotabookitisapersonThedevelopmentofthenation-stateideologyparallelsthedevelopmentofthedocterineofinerancyCharacteristicsofaviolenttheologyDualisticHierarchySacrilizingGMSM-GenerativemimeticscapegotingmechanismDesirecomesfromcommunity(wewantwhatotherswant),notfrominsidetheindividual~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~JonPahljpahl@Ltsp.eduBooks:SacredspacesMallsfunctionascathedralsofcommerceMallsoperatebydisorientingpeople,theyarelabyrinthsofconsumerdesire.Whatwedoinmallsisactuallyviolencetoourselves.ViolenceisanicebergwhatweseeisthetipoftheicebergInstitutionalcontrol-perp-walk(maninhandcuffsonthenightlynews)violenceisactuallyfarmorecomplicatedthanthislayers(increasinginseriousnessfromtopdown)Criminal(physical)violenceInstitutionalcontrolEconomic/socialviolence(can'tseethese)CulturalviolenceRethinkingreligionBruceLincoln/RobertOrsiReligionsarerelationalnetworksdiscoursepatters,embodiedpractices,socialstructuresthroughwhichpeopleconstructconsolidateandregulateculturalpoweraroundprojectionsoftranscendentauthoritythatcondensecollectivedesireanddi
 
splacehistoricalandmaterialcontingenciesintodemonstrablycontinuousforms.Implications:Religionsaretheoppositeofeating:theyaretheculturalequivalenttothebiologicalsystemsofeliminationReligionsseektogetridofviolence-meansbywhichcultursdealwithrealityHowever,theyincorporateintothemselvescomplicitywithviolence.The"ReligionoftheMarket"Faithinthegraceofprofit"-wedemonstrateour"saved"statusbyacquiringSacredspace?-operatethroughtheenchantmentofobjectsdisorientandthenreorientshoppingsavesDisorientaton/reorientation(Malls)theyusereligiousarchtypesofarchitecturewater-servesnopracticalpurposeaside:seedeadmalls.comlight-the"Lightoftheworld"trees-treesoflife(growingthings)andnothingeverdiesthere(eternallife)spring/summerwithoutfall/winterpoeticsofpromiseyou'reapartofusaplacedevotedtoeating,shoppingandthepursuitofhappinessyouaregoingtolove......wantingit-whenfrenchwomenwantit...theyputitonthecard"realmen"-don'tlike????mallsaresacredplaces:thedesiretoacquiremallslie:exaggerationdivertattentiondeficitofgrace-stairwaytoheavenleadingnowhereII.Pilgrimagetothe"MallofAmerica"Thesamethingsaretriggeredbythe"mall"asbytheNaziRegime:exaggeration(lying),euphemism(distraction),duty(deficitofgrace)acommonword.org-muslimtheologinstalkaboutreconciliation??~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~TheGirardReader-booktoreadifinterestedinmimetictheoryIseeSatanFallLikeLightningJesustakestheintentionoutofviolence.(withregardto"Fatherforgivethemfortheyknownotwhattheyaredoing")"Itisfinished"-creationofthetruehumaniscomplete

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