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Raising Abel: The Recovery of the Eschatological Imagination

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Raising Abel is a theological exploration of a huge change of mind: the change which the apostolic group underwent as a result of the Resurrection—and how that paradigm can transform the world today. Making use of the thought of Rene Girard, the author shows how the God who was revealed by Jesus subverted the violent language, imagery and expectations of the early Christia ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 1st 1996 by The Crossroad Publishing Company
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Jessie
Jul 02, 2008 Jessie rated it it was amazing
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One of the best theologians writing today; he's saying God is love and not violence (works with Rene Girard's theory of mimetic desire & the scapegoat--a taste:
“…in the measure that we learn unconcern about our reputation, in that measure the Father can produce in us the same love which he has for his Son and the same love which he and his Son have for the human race. Here is where we have to make an imaginative effort, or at least I do. That love is in no way marked by any desire for vindic
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Apr 19, 2011 Aeisele rated it really liked it
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Everyone must read gay Dominicans! Really, Alison is quite brilliant. This book is basically about the transformation of our conception of who God is, and what the world is, through the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus. While I'm not all into the Girardian scapegoat theories (it's kind of a lack of nuance on what ancient sacrifice was), I do find Alison's reading of NT texts really invigorating. One of his basic insights is that Jesus is the crucified-and-risen victim, the Lord of his ...more
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this book exploded my brain in a good way
Andrew Marr
Nov 24, 2012 Andrew Marr rated it it was amazing
This rates among the most powerfully stimulating books I've ever read. I wish I could give it, say, seven stars. Alison is among the most creative & inspiring developers of René Girard's thought. The emphasis is on a theology of the Resurrection & what that means for all us in the here & now as well as in the future. The witnessing to the power of the forgiving Victim shakes up our tendencies toward accepting "righteous" violence to a deep vision of God as a God of life.
Lori
Aug 18, 2008 Lori rated it really liked it
It has been awhile since I read this book. However (from what I can remember) the book is based on the Mimetic theory:understanding humans based on how they interact socially. The focus is on our "culture of death" and it's only through a change in our perception of God that we change our perception of ourselves and those we interact with socially. Love anyone?
James Richardson
Oct 29, 2007 James Richardson rated it it was amazing
What would faith look like if we knew -- really knew -- that death is not a boundary? Alison's approach to faith and reconcilliation is breath taking, and his approach to atonement is life-saving. Highly recommend.
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Aug 07, 2007 LVD rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: theology junkies
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I need to read this again.
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Using Girardian theory James Alison explores the application of grace and eschatology to the myth of the founding murder.
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James Alison (b. 1959) is a Catholic theologian, priest and author. He grew up in an evangelical family in England and converted to Catholicism as a teenager. Alison studied at Oxford and earned his doctorate in theology from the Jesuit Faculty in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He was a member of the Dominican order from 1981-1995.
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