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Narratives in a Cross-Haunted Society

What do we make of the rise of autism in children from 2017 to 2020? Why are outlets like the New York Times so effective in crafting narratives for the masses? What is Ukraine doing with the weapons that are being supplied to them by the United States? How ridiculous have places of education become […]

David Gornoski on the Mad Ones Podcast – Scapegoats and Substitutionary Violence

David Gornoski was recently interviewed on the Mad Ones podcast. You can watch the video above or go to this link for the audio. Show description: This week, we are joined by David Gornoski of A Neighbor’s Choice joins us to talk about human nature, mimetic theory, and the role of the scapegoat in society. […]

Active Love in “The Brothers Karamazov”

The Brothers Karamazov is the last novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky; it was initially serialized in 1879 by Russkiy Vestnik magazine. The story of this novel, set in 19th-century Russia, details the contradictory brothers of Alexei, Ivan, and Dmitri Karamazov. Though the majority of the novel deals with the elder brother Dmitri’s attempt to clear himself of parricide, Dostoevsky […]

THINGS HIDDEN 57: Richard Koenigsberg on War as Sacrifice

David Gornoski sits down with Richard Koenigsberg, psychologist & historian from the Library of Social Science, for a discussion on sacrifice, violence, and war. Mr. Koenigsberg starts the discussion by describing his interactions with Rene Girard. The conversation then moves to the psychology of Hitler, the purpose of political violence, male aggressiveness, the Ukraine war, […]

The Anthropology of Christ’s Resurrection

We have to understand that Christ came into a world that was very different from ours. Sure, our world is still very much like the world of ancient times, but there are core differences that, when noticed, make us aware of how Christ changed the course of humanity. When Christ appeared in history there was no […]

How America Can Defeat Putin

“If it is given at all to the West to struggle out of these tangles of the lower slopes to the spiritual summit of humanity then I cannot but think it is the special mission of America to fulfil this hope of God and man. You are the country of expectation, desiring something else than […]

THINGS HIDDEN 49: Darryl Cooper on How Martyrs and Monsters Are Made

David Gornoski sits down with Darryl Cooper, the host of the MartyrMade Podcast. The two discuss mimetic contagion in the current socio-political landscape where the sacredness of the state and its institutions are breaking down. Did the Left fail to scapegoat Trump? How do we navigate through the growing undifferentiation in our culture today? What […]

A Reflection on the Storytelling Crisis

The recent Star Wars trilogy, known as the sequels, roped in an estimated two billion in box offices worldwide. It is the highest-grossing trilogy of the franchise; immensely profitable, yet there is a crisis that is revealed at the center of it—a crisis that, unsurprisingly, runs deep in most artistic products of contemporary secular culture. The new Star Wars movies, […]

David Gornoski on His YouTube Ban and Today’s Scapegoats – The Bob Murphy Show

David Gornoski recently appeared on the Bob Murphy Show. “Host of A Neighbor’s Choice radio program, David Gornoski talks about the recent removal of his YouTube channel. He summarizes the work of Rene Girard and shows how society still tries to use scapegoats to relieve tensions, even after Jesus showed us its futility.”

THINGS HIDDEN 47: Christ Beyond Metaphysics with Anthony Bartlett

In this brand new THINGS HIDDEN conversation, David Gornoski is joined by Anthony Bartlett who talks about his new book Theology Beyond Metaphysics. Why do we need a theology beyond metaphysics? How is the Christian Logos radically different from its Greek predecessor? Is the world capable of critiquing violence without Christianity? Why does the old […]