Progress Toward an Unthinkable Consummation: Sin and the Evolution of Human Consciousness

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dc.creator Layzer, Kate
dc.date 2000-01-01
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-21T19:53:19Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-21T19:53:19Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-21
dc.identifier http://digilib.bu.edu/journals/ojs/index.php/jfse/article/view/80
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2144/3974
dc.description Michael Polanyi has argued that tacit knowing—the consolidation and integration of earlier achievements from which to launch further advances— plays an essential role in evolution. Tacit knowledge is often transmitted by observation and imitation—what anthropologist Rene Girard calls mimesis. Girard suggests that this mimetic tendency has had both beneficial and negative effects: violent outbreaks of mimetic rivalry among early hominids necessitated the development of ritual controls, representing the beginning of culture. Beneath all culture, a universal scapegoating mechanism—humankind\'s \"original sin\"—remains hidden. Jewish and Christian scriptures present a countervailing cultural force, challenging human beings to develop in directions not dependent on rivalry and violence.
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dc.language eng
dc.publisher Boston Theological Institute
dc.relation http://digilib.bu.edu/journals/ojs/index.php/jfse/article/view/80/80
dc.source Journal of Faith and Science Exchange; Journal of Faith and Science Exchange, Vol. 4
dc.title Progress Toward an Unthinkable Consummation: Sin and the Evolution of Human Consciousness
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion

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