Myth and the Christian Nation: A Social Theory of Religion

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845533724
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/31/2008
  • Series: Religion in Culture Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroductionPart I: The Religions of Other PeoplesChapter 1. Looking for Religion in the New WorldChapter 2. Noticing the Social Interests in Myths and RitualsChapter 3. Watching Myths in the MakingChapter 4. Thinking with Myths about CulturePart II: The Religion of ChristianityChapter 5. Early Christian MythmakingChapter 6. The Social Formation of ChristendomChapter 7. The State of the Christian NationChapter 8. Religions in a Polycultural WorldConclusionBibliography

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