In bewildering times, there is a new tool for our toolboxes of understanding. It positions us, in fact, to think outside our usual boxes — theology, psychology, sociology, politics, etc. — to a position that stands outside them by virtue of embracing them all: anthropology. To more fully understand our human endeavors to know, we need to first better understand who we are as human beings. And for disciples of Jesus we find out that this is in line with what he came to do: show us the way to more truly become human.Mimetic Theory* (MT) reveals a profound new anthropological understanding of Jesus’ call to follow him. Elaborating on the Bible’s anthropology — Christ being God’s Word in human form — MT shows how Jesus brought us a new Way of being human. Learn about the prophetic dimension of Jesus’ mission of engaging politics in his day, and how to apply his teachings within the scientific worldview of our postmodern times. These seminars are aimed at equipping disciples to engage in today's political issues from a Biblical perspective, answering the call to bring in God’s Kingdom, with justice for all.
“I’m convinced that the seminal work of René Girard is the single most promising and productive contemporary resource capable of stimulating fresh readings of the Bible, constructive critical thought about Christian theology and practice, and incisive inducement to productive activism.
Paul Nuechterlein has helped me more than anyone else to read the Scriptures in light of Girard’s groundbreaking work. I’d encourage anyone and everyone to seize an opportunity to learn with Paul.”
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This year the emphasis is on single seminars on a topic of the host's choosing.Two currently featured seminars are (click on link for flyers):
Schedule a seminar today! (A general guideline is being able to recruit 10+ colleagues to the share expense of bringing Paul Nuechterlein to your location.) Contact Paul Nuechterlein to explore options and to schedule a one- or two-day seminar which introduces Mimetic Theory and applies it to special topics, including:
- "Strategies for Reading the Bible: Peacemaking in a Post-Truth World"
- "Christian Faithfulness and Economic Justice"
- Racism / Mass Incarceration / Policing
- The Current (Mimetic) Scene in American Politics
- Economic Justice
- Full Inclusiveness in Church Communities / The Bible and Being Created LGBTQ
- Atonement Theology
- Biblical Interpretation / Nonviolence
- Eschatology / Apocalyptic
- Recovering the Prophetic Dimension of the Gospel
- Mimetic Theory as a Powerful Tool for Interpreting Scripture
- Mimetic Theory 101
- A topic of the host's choosing
October thru May Monthly Seminar Series -- 8- or 3-Session Options -- Now Forming for 2017-18
This 8- or 3-session series introduces and applies the work of René Girard to gain a better understanding of and engage in central issues of our survival, e.g., racism, economic justice, and militarism. It is an immersion experience for learning Mimetic Theory. (Share with friends through this pdf flyer.)Where: We are currently recruiting and negotiating for new sites in 2017-18. If you have ten+ people interested in this series, contact Paul Nuechterlein by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to inquire about scheduling a series. Please note that locations more than a 3-hour drive from Kalamazoo, MI require overnight accommodations and travel expenses.