The reality and nature of religious faith raises difficult
questions for the modern world; questions that re-present
themselves when faith has grown under the most challenging
circumstances. In East Timor widespread Christian faith emerged
when suffering and violence were inflicted on the people by the
state.This book seeks a deeper understanding of faith and violence,
exploring how Christian faith and solidarity affected the hope and
resistance of the East Timorese under Indonesian occupation in
their response to state-sanctioned violence. Joel Hodge argues for
an understanding of Christian faith as a relational phenomenon that
provides personal and collective tools to resist violence. Grounded
in the work of mimetic theorist Ren Girard, Hodge contends that the
experience of victimisation in East Timor led to an important
identification with Jesus Christ as self-giving victim and formed a
distinctive communal and ecclesial solidarity. The Catholic Church
opened spaces of resistance and communion that allowed the Timorese
to imagine and live beyond the violence and death perpetrated by
the Indonesian regime. Presenting the East Timorese stories under
occupation and Girard's insights in dialogue, this book offers
fresh perspectives on the Christian Church's ecclesiology and
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