Changing The Way…! Hi! I’ve moved my blog “Hope in Time” to this new host. Every day I am more convinced that Christianity is undergoing a profound internal change. I would like my blog to help push that along, and the improved features here support the cause. The blog can be considered Girardian in inspiration but at once there is a difference. Rather than seeing mimesis as a kind of doom, because of ever intensifying rivalry and violence, I believe behind the revelation of conflictive mimesis lies a deeper and more transcendent version. In fact I am convinced it is because of the deep anthropological undertow of Christ’s compassion and forgiveness that we are able at all to recognize the truth of mimetic conflict and violence as Girard has so wonderfully explained it. Without the felt contrast–the light that traces out the shadow–we would remain locked up in the logic of violent culture. My book Virtually Christian makes the full argument for this claim. In other words, there is a transcendent or meta-mimesis at play, one that copies Jesus’ “impossible” forgiveness and love. The purpose of this blog is to present again and again the new and transforming mimesis, and the dramatic new meaning of Christianity which flows from it. In the past “copying Jesus” was something for the saints; the rest of us did fine with the easy legal product of his sacrificial death. Now, however, through the concept of mimesis we understand that the value of his death was nothing other than the root assimilation / imitation of divine nonviolence in the human soul. Tony Bartlett P.S. The picture in the page header is of the Ile Saint Honorat, a small island off the south of France where there’s been a monastic community since the early fifth century. It is believed St. Patrick received his training at the monastery and set out from here on his mission to Ireland. It gives an image of a generative Christian community in a sea of faith, the kind of place which could be a model of the Christian church to come.