Applying René Girard’s Mimetic Theory in the Religious Education Classroom

  • Eugene P. McElhinney


In Ireland today, one can see a drift away by an entire generation from a regular and sustained practice of the faith within the liturgical calendar of worship.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eugene P. McElhinney
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  1. 1.Loreto College ColeraineColeraineNorthern Ireland, UK

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