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The revival of religion is almost a matter of rhetoric. The work is difficult, perhaps impossible, but it at least reminds us that Our Lord asked us in His work to be not only as gentle as doves, but as wise as serpents.In this essay I argue that René Girard's project invites the difficult, perhaps impossible, work of inventing a revived Christian discourse.1 To suggest that Girard has left a rhetorical task may seem strange. Rhetoric, according to conventional wisdom, is the art of making the unpalatable palatable. In the absence of true knowledge, rhetoric may do, but it is always the lesser option, an art for a fallen world. These common...
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