Quoted: James Murphy on Religion and Violence


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“Perhaps he can shed some light on why we find ourselves ineluctably drawn into a horrific cycle of revenge and reprisal,” writes Professor of Government James Murphy in a Religion News Service opinion piece, published by The Washington Post, on the writings of the late French anthropologist and philosopher René Girard and how his theories about sacred violence can inform one’s thinking about responses to terrorist attacks such as the ISIS attacks in Paris on Nov. 13.

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