This is a talk that Réne Girard gave in 1994 in California, organized by Florilegia Institute (Gil Bailie's organization). The talk describes in clear terms the role of the Bible in revealing the scapegoating mechanism as it has moderated violence, generated myths, and created victims. A few questions follow the talk (starting around minute 57), each one leading to important elaborations. Among the important points that are brought out is the fact that whenever scapegoating truly works it is never recognized as such by the participants. Similarly, if you ask people whether or not scapegoating occurs in their world (such as their workplace), they will unanimously say "yes." But if you ask the same people if they are guilty of scapegoating others, they will say "no."
last updated: 2017/11/13