We discussed Rene Girard today in the contemporary euro class. Girard is best known in literary criticism circles, but his work should be of interest to philosophers. We discussed, in particular, his ‘anthropology of religion’ and the scapegoating mechanism. Here is an article that gives a nice summary of Girard’s view and then applies it to the Cross. What is interesting for those interested in pomo philosophy is how Girard abandons the transactional ‘economy of exchange’ found in ordinary substitution theories of atonement and makes room for an an-economic understanding of the Cross that introduces a new ‘logic of the gift’. An appropriate topic on Good Friday.