You can’t get very far in progressive Christian circles without hearing someone talk about Rene Girard at some point. He’s provided a lot of inspiration for many pastors and theologians today with his work in mimetic theory. The trouble is, however, is that mimetic theory, like lots of theories pertaining to humans, is really confusing.
To this I say: Thank God for Andre Rabe.
Desire Found Me is the answer to the two of you checking on this blog every now and then that have wondered on a daily basis, “Is there an easier way to understand Rene Girard? I won’t sleep until I find it!” Well, my friends, you can now rest easy in the knowledge that such a text exists. Rabe does an excellent job unpacking the ideas of Girard ranging from a wide swath of Girard’s already myriad works and distills it down into a flavor-packed serving for Christians looking for understanding of what mimetic theory can do to enhance their faith. Rabe’s style is comforting and welcoming, as if he were taking the reader on a spiritual journey, one where one comes to understand Jesus in a new light. He reads the Biblical narratives in light of Girard’s work to help the reader make better sense of the Creation Story, the system of sacrifice in Leviticus, and the Atonement found in the Crucifixion.
All in all, an excellent piece of work.
I have received a copy of this book for review from Speakeasy Promotions.