2 thoughts on “Covetousness and desire”

  1. I’ve been reading Girard, too. What struck me was when I was doing some Bible translating and ran into the commandments in Greek in Romans 13:9. “…YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL, YOU SHALL NOT DESIRE…” Huh? Desire? I realized then that the “looking on a woman with lust” was looking with desire, with the assumption that she belonged to another man. Girard was right. It wasn’t a biological drive that was condemned, but the rivalry. That’s why this commandment can also be summed as “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” Breaking the command violates the neighbor. (I also like my pastor’s paraphrase of the command as “Get your own.”)

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