Myth and the Christian Nation
By (author) Burton L. Mack
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Myth and the Christian Nation by Burton L. Mack
Book DescriptionAmerica is widely regarded as the ultimate "Christian Nation." Religious language has always been at the forefront of American politics but this has increased since the events of 9/11. 'Myth and the Christian Nation' presents a startling analysis of how and why Christianity and national identity have been woven together in recent American political discourse. Drawing on examples of religious myth-making across the ancient world 'Myth and the Christian Nation' brings the weight of history to bear on America today, a place where myth, monotheism, sovereignty and power can be harnessed together in the service of specific interests. The book invites readers to rethink the role of religion in the construction of social democracy and to see America afresh.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845533731
(229mm x 155mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Equinox Publishing Ltd
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Feb-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Burton L. Mack
Rise and Fall of the Christian Myth, Hardback (April 2017)
A preeminent scholar explores the evolution of the Christian worldview and argues that it no longer offers a satisfactory vision for our democratic, multicultural society
Christian Mentality, Hardback (May 2011)
Deals with Christian mentality, a matter of some consequence for the way we think about our communities, others, and the nation. This book focuses on the social issues under discussion in the United States, a discussion that reveals an uncertainty about the reasons that have been taken for granted in forming our policies and practices as a nation.
Who Wrote the New Testament?, Paperback (January 1996)
Burton Mack exposes how the Gospels are fictional mythologies created by different communities for various purposes and are only distantly related to the actual historical Jesus. Mack's scholarship boldly challenges traditions.
Lost Gospel, Paperback (April 1994)» View all books by Burton L. Mack
A presentation of the lost Gospel of Jesus's original followers - an account of the birth of Christianity. Burton L. Mack is the author of "A Myth of Innocence".
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Author Biography - Burton L. Mack
Burton L. Mack, now retired, was formerly John Wesley Professor in Early Christianity at the Claremont School of Theology and Graduate University in California. He is the author of numerous publications on Hellenistic Judaism, ritual theory, Classical rhetoric and Christian origins from the viewpoint of cultural anthropology and the history of religions.
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