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The Genealogy of ViolenceReflections on Creation, Freedom, and Evil$
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Charles K. Bellinger

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195134988

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195134982.001.0001

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Are Secular Perspectives on Violence Sufficient?

Are Secular Perspectives on Violence Sufficient?

(p.87) 6 Are Secular Perspectives on Violence Sufficient?
The Genealogy of Violence

Charles K. Bellinger (Contributor Webpage)

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Standard social science is required to conform to the dictates of methodological atheism. Rene Girard's thought is ambiguous with regard to the question of whether his theory of violence meets this requirement. James Gilligan and Fred Alford are two authors who write out of a similar ambiguity, though they tend to come down more on the secular side. Eric Voegelin's thought provides a critique of the limitations of secular social science and points toward the possibility of an explicitly theological social science, which Girard has been moving toward in his later writings.

Keywords:   Alford, Gilligan, Girard, methodological atheism, Voegelin

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