The mimetic theory proposed by René Girard has been tested within multiple disciplines: anthropology, literary criticism, theology, religion, psychology, epistemology, sociology, philosophy, political science, economics, linguistics, etc. and now is being tested within the hard sciences, mathematics and medicine. It explains the origins of violence and negative mimesis and the central role that violence plays in structuring our perceptions of reality as well as the structures humans create to govern their world. Further it shows in its interpretation of the Jesus event the power of nonviolence and positive mimesis to transform the human condition.
Over the past several decades, a growing number of biblical scholars and theologians have seen the value of understanding religion in the light of mimetic theory. There is a convergence occurring between the Christian theologians who use the mimetic theory and scholars that write from a peace-building perspective. The time is ripe for a new and creative way of speaking about the God of Peace, of God as Peace, and the mimetic theory is becoming a major catalyst for this emerging conversation. Preaching Peace has begun to organize these scholars and create opportunities for them to be sharing this new paradigm all over North America. Preaching Peace is unique among organizations in popularizing the mimetic theory and is able to reach a broad and diverse audience.