Catholic theologian and priest, James Alison joins us on the show to discuss scapegoating. It’s a word we’re all familiar with, but as James explains, it’s through the violence of the scapegoating mechanism that civilisations are built. And, it is through the scapegoating mechanism that the cross heals. It’s a fascinating way of understanding the atonement, especially for those of us disillusioned with models of atonement that require a violent God. So tune in for a truly mind bending and inspiring conversation.


Image provided by James Alison. Used with permission.

If you want more from James, then check out his blog, and his many thought provoking books, including his introduction to Christianity Jesus the Forgiving Victim which incorporates his thinking on the scapegoating mechanism.

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2 comments on “James Alison – Scapegoat: How Civilisation Harms and How the Cross Heals (N184)

  1. Lewis Schofield Nov 9, 2018

    Hi Guys,
    I really like what you are doing.
    This episode was good, though to many many seem a bit esoteric.
    However it is a concept worth grappling with, over and over.
    I recommend a book called “Desire found me” by Andre Rabe as a good introduction and then “Virtually Christian” by Tony Bartlett to show the difference that the cross has made and is increasingly making.
    Both would be great people to interview.
    Thanks and blessings.
    Lewis.

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