Course Information

Discover the powerful insights of René Girard for understanding the bible and culture as a whole, while drilling down to their bedrock of compassion. Explore the progressive disclosure of humanity’s two possibilities—the more obvious tendency to violently scapegoat victims, and the less apparent but even more fundamental truth of nonviolence. Together we will find out how Girardian revelation depends on its built-in “ultra-violet” frequency of nonviolence, the one that is a true description of God. This fresh take on Girard will shine a light on cultural practice and theology, while opening up the thought of a new way of being human. See what you’ve been missing: the implications for culture and church practice are enormous, and we will research them together!

How Courses Work

All of our courses are offered via online live attendance (using free webinar software, for which we provide a link). Each course is six weeks long, meeting online once a week on the same day at the same time. The weekly sessions run 90 minutes: 45 minutes for presentation and 45 minutes for Q&R. A maximum of 15 students will be randomly selected to participate in the Q&R sessions (system-generated). If a student misses a course session, the talk/lecture will still be available online for 60 days, but the live chat room interaction will not be available.

Live Class Dates

The course begins June 5, 2017 and runs weekly at 7PM EST. The live class dates are as follows:
  • Jun 5 – Session 1
  • Jun 12 – Session 2
  • Jun 19 – Session 3
  • Jun 26 – Session 4
  • Jul 3 – Session 5
  • Jul 10 – Session 6

Full course details, including session titles and attachments, are available upon registration.

Required Texts

Virtually Christian, How Christ Changes Human Meaning and Makes Creation New
Anthony Bartlett

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Forthcoming Contagion article, to be available by pdf to course members only:
After Sacrifice Ontology: The Shared Revelatory Dynamic of Heidegger and Girard
Anthony Bartlett

When These Things Begin, Conversations with Michel Treguer
René Girard (original 1996)

About The Instructor

Born in England in 1946, as a little boy Tony Bartlett wanted to be a priest. Ordained in 1973 he spent a year in Rome where he “lost his religion.” Ten years later a second stay in Italy, under guidance of spiritual teacher, Carlo Carretto, saw him quit clerical ministry. In the same period he also encountered the work of René Girard and in 1993 joined the Ph.D. program in the Department of Religion, Syracuse University. He gained his doctorate in 1999, with a Girardian deconstruction of standard atonement doctrine. He has published, books, articles and blogs, arguing for a new sense of Christian dynamic and mission. He and his wife, Linda, lead a small study and prayer fellowship in Syracuse, always as springboard to wider conversation with the Christian tradition.

 

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