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The Myth of Redemptive Violence

Jesus as Scapegoat The Myth of Redemptive Violence Monday, May 1, 2017 Leviticus 16 describes the ingenious ritual from which our word “scapegoating” originated. On the Day of Atonement, a priest laid hands on an “escaping” goat, placing all the sins of the Jewish people from the previous year onto the animal. Then the goat… Continue Reading The Myth of Redemptive Violence

The Scapegoat Mechanism

Jesus as Scapegoat The Scapegoat Mechanism Sunday, April 30, 2017 As I mentioned last week, Jesus on the cross echoes three healing images: the Passover lamb, the “Lifted-Up One,” and the scapegoat ritual. The third symbol deserves a deeper exploration because it is central to understanding how Jesus resets the pattern of history. We’ll spend… Continue Reading The Scapegoat Mechanism

Jesus Reveals the Lie of Scapegoating

Nonviolence Jesus Reveals the Lie of Scapegoating Thursday, October 13, 2016 If your ego is still in charge, you will find a disposable person or group on which to project your problems. People who haven’t come to at least a minimal awareness of their own dark side will always find someone else to hate or… Continue Reading Jesus Reveals the Lie of Scapegoating

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