Saint Peter as 'Sympresbyteros': Mimetic Desire, Discipleship, and Education
What is it about?
This paper investigates the relationship between Christian discipleship and education through the lens of Girard’s “mimetic desire,” and how 1 Pet 5:1–5 (especially the hapax συμπρεσβύτερος/sympresbyteros) can be informed by this pedagogical concept. Going beyond mere mimēsis and the imitation of surface-level actions, “mimetic desire” penetrates deeper in understanding how modeled behaviors and desires—whether positive or negative—affect the desires and motivations of others.
Why is it important?
This article is important for ministry as pastors/Christian educators should faithfully model the gospel externally and internally so their congregants/students may learn to live as good citizens worthy of the gospel of Christ (Phil 1:27). Parents will also benefit from having read this paper in seeing how their actions and motivations are synergystically formative for the behaviors and motivations within their children.
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