Monday, March 24, 2008


This is an excellent piece by Rowan Williams, and of course I very much value the work of Rene Girard. It is sad that some respondents, whatever their religious or (mostly) non-religious background, cannot even countenance the slightest possibility of learning something from this article... Our culture truly is a dialogue of the deaf (who of course have better ears than the self-regarding 'hearing'). The dear archbishop still hopes for 'a place' for the church within society, of course. From my perspective it would be better to look at how a 'society' (a different kind of social order) can be cultivated by a different performance of 'church' and offered in exemplary ways through partnerships, conversations, and yes, sometimes, confrontations. But not from a position of power or privilege, which contradicts the hope of which he speaks so eloquently. [Pic (c) Peacemala]

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