Christ as Second Adam: Girardian Mimesis Redeemed
Article first published online: 23 JUN 2011
© 2011 The Author. New Blackfriars © 2011 The Dominican Council.
Volume 93, Issue 1045, pages 358–370, May 2012
How to Cite
Bryce, R. (2012), Christ as Second Adam: Girardian Mimesis Redeemed. New Blackfriars, 93: 358–370. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-2005.2011.01452.x
- Issue published online: 10 APR 2012
- Article first published online: 23 JUN 2011
- Second Adam;
Analysis of several chapters of the book of Genesis beginning with the Fall in chapter three reveals a consistent theme which is well-interpreted by René Girard's concept of mimetic rivalry. This mimetic rivalry can be considered one manifestation of original sin which has been perpetuated generationally since its inception with the First Adam. Since a number of scholars, including James D.G. Dunn, have identified Phil 2:6–11 as a key piece of Second Adam Christology, I examine this pericope for clues to a remedy for mimetic rivalry. Christ's kenosis and humiliation—his self-emptying and choice not to seek after self-glorification—become the cornerstones to a counter-program which redeems mimesis. Christ is the Second Adam who fulfills through his obedience the failed role of the First Adam. One facet of Christ's overall redemption is to establish himself as the perfect Girardian ‘model’—one whose imitation leads not to violent rivalry but ever-increasing humble charity.