Richard Oxenberg
Emory University (PhD)
This paper is a reflection on the ethical and spiritual ambiguities of Monotheism. It proceeds through an examination of Thomas Aquinas’ concept of desire and René Girard’s notion of victimage. It is divided into two parts. In the first I examine Thomas’ ideas of desire and goodness in order to develop some key terms and concepts. In the second I employ these terms and concepts in a critique of René Girard’s victimage thesis, in an effort to shed light on the ‘uses and abuses’ of Judeo-Christian Monotheism.
Keywords Girard, God, Religion, Christ, Sacrifice, Crucifixion, Aquinas, Monotheism, Christianity, Victimage, Wholism, Totalism
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