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America 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 Details

ISBN: 9781845533731
ISBN-10: 1845533739
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 155mm x 18mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Equinox Publishing Ltd
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Feb-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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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