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Compassion or Apocalypse?
A comprehensible guide to the thought of René Girard
by James Warren
Publisher:O Books imprint of John Hunt Publishing Ltd
I think the short forward by Brian McLaren largely talking about the author being a magician, perfectly sets this book up, as James Warren is a real magician and weaves real magic in this book as he works through literary philosopher René Girard's thought and turns a complex set of ideas into something much easier to understand. Even better it is turned into something enjoyable to read, and all of this without dumbing it down to the nth degree but rather building it up into something comprehensible, insightful, intriguing and thought provoking. Dealing with Girard's mimetic theory is no easy task, and yet Warren has done it well, teasing out the idea of Scapegoat Mechanism, the Violence of God, Myth and Murder and the many other complex and divisionary subjects that are at the heart of Girard's work, so that at the end of it you come out feeling you have at last a real chance of seeing what Girard was actually trying to convey. An excellent book on Girard's work and one that has to be essential reading for any undergraduate or indeed anyone that wants to understand Girard's work better.
Reviewer: Melanie Carroll (06/08/13)