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December 1, 2021 69 min

In I See Satan Fall Like Lightning, René Girard argues that the Bible definitively refutes the lies of pagan mythology. The pagan myths conceal the mimetic cycle and founding murder that are at the heart of human politics. The Bible, on the other hand, exposes myth and politics as satanic, and offers the Crucifixion and Resurrection as the medicine to heal human society of this curse. Dr. Patrick Downey, of St. Mary’s College of California, joins Jonathan and Ryan to discuss Girard, paganism vs. Christianity, the Inklings, and the modern concern for victims.

René Girard’s I See Satan Fall Like Lightning:

Patrick Downey’s Serious Comedy:

Patrick Downey’s Desperately Wicked:

Albertus Magnus Institute:

Sophocles’ Theban Plays:

Philostratus’ Life of Apollonius of Tyana:

Robert Alter’s The Art of Biblical Narrative:

Plato’s Republic:

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