animal which is ritually burdened with the sins of others, then driven away

A scapegoat is an animal ritually burdened with the sins of others.


  • Without the Cross, there is no revelation of the fundamental injustice of the scapegoat mechanism, which is the founder of human culture, with all its repercussions in our relationships with each other.
    • René Girard, "The Scandal of Christianity" in Evolution and Conversion: Dialogues on the Origins of Culture (2007), p. 219

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