Broken Hearts and New Creations Intimations of a Great Reversal

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  • Copyright: 2010-05-06
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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The latest collection of theological offerings from James Alison has all the brilliance, wit and panache that have made him one of the most recognisable and influential contemporary Catholic writers. Alison continues to develop the implications for theology and religion of the insights of the French literary critic and philosopher Ren Girard, which expose the violence hidden at the heart of our culture. He shows how Girard's concepts of mimetic desire and the scapegoat mechanism both confirm and transform our understanding of Christianity.

Author Biography

James Alison is a Catholic theologian, priest, and author. After studies with the Dominicans is Oxford and at the Jesuit Theology Faculty in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, he was become a traveling teacher, lecturer and retreat leader. Having lived and worked in Mexico, Bolivia, Chile, and the United States as well as his native England, he is currently based in Brazil. He is the author of Knowing Jesus, Raising Abel: The Recovery of the Eschatological Imagination, The Joy of Being Wrong, Faith Beyond Resentment, On Being Liked and Undergoing God.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Is it ethical to be Catholic? Queer perspectivesp. 1
Living the Magnificatp. 17
Wrath and the gay questionp. 34
Discipleship and the shape of belongingp. 54
Sacrifice, law and the Catholic faithp. 73
'Like children sitting in the market place'p. 92
God and desirep. 109
Strong protagonism and weak presencep. 125
'He opened up to them everything in the Scriptures concerning himself'p. 140
Love your enemyp. 160
Letter to a young gay Catholicp. 176
The pain and the endgamep. 186
The priestly pattern of Creation and a fraudulent reading of St Paulp. 209
What sorts of difference does René Girard make to how we read the Bible?p. 230
Befriending the vacuump. 249
Brokeheart Mountainp. 265
p. 280
p. 282
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p. 284
Indexp. 287
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