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America was built on stories: tales of grateful immigrants arriving at Ellis Island, Horatio Alger-style transformations, self-made men, and the Protestant work ethic. In this new book, renowned sociologist Robert Wuthnow examines these most American of stories--narratives about individualism, immigration, success, religion, and ethnicity--through the eyes of recent immigrants. In doing so, he demonstrates how the "American mythos" has both legitimized American society and prevented it from fully realizing its ideals. This magisterial work is a reflection and meditation on the national consciousness. It details how Americans have traditionally relied on narratives to address what it means to be strong, morally responsible individuals and to explain why some people are more successful than others--in short, to help us make sense of our lives. But it argues that these narratives have done little to help us confront new challenges. We pass laws to end racial discrimination, yet lack the resolve to create a more equitable society. We welcome the idea of pluralism in religion and values, yet we are shaken by the difficulties immigration presents. We champion prosperity for all, but live in a country where families are still homeless. American Mythos aptly documents this disconnect between the stories we tell and the reality we face. Examining how cultural narratives may not, and often do not, reflect the reality of today's society, it challenges readers to become more reflective about what it means to live up to the American ideal.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Robert Wuthnow
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Release: 2009-02-09
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 1400827027

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Aside from the fact that it is perhaps the single most discussed and controversial theological writing of the century, no one knowledgeable of Bultmann's work could doubt its basic importance for his entire contribution. Although the position is for which it argues was hardly new, having already taken shape in several of his theological essays written during the 1920s, it is nevertheless the classic formulation of this position and as such incomparable in the Bultmann corpus.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Rudolf Bultmann
Publisher: Fortress Press
Release: 1989
File: 180 Pages
ISBN-13: 1451417888

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Jewish-Hellenistic authors rejected Greek myth, but they were also aware of its importance as a symbol of power and identity. This book offers a comprehensive reading of how Jews dealt with Greek mythology in the Hellenistic period. Jüdisch-hellenistische Autoren verwarfen die griechische Mythologie, aber sie waren sich auch der Wichtigkeit der Mythen als eines Symbols von Befugnis und Identität bewusst. Dieses Buch ist die erste weitgespannte Untersuchung über den Umgang jüdisch-hellenistischer Autoren mit der griechischen Mythologie.

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Genre: Religion
Author: René Bloch
Publisher: BRILL
Release: 2010-11-19
File: 308 Pages
ISBN-13: 9789004191136

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Ancient kings who did not honor the gods overlooked an indispensable means for ruling effectively in their communities. In many traditional societies royal authority was regarded as a divine gift bestowed according to the quality of the relationship of the king both to God or the gods and to the people. The tension and the harmony within these human and divine relationships demanded that the king repeatedly strive to integrate the community's piety with his political strategies. This fascinating study explores the relationship between religion and royal authority in three of history's most influential civilizations: Homeric Greece, biblical Israel, and Old Babylonian Mesopotamia. Dale Launderville identifies similar, contrasting, and analogous ways that piety functioned in these distinct cultures to legitimate the rule of particular kings and promote community well-being. Key to this religiopolitical dynamic was the use of royal rhetoric, which necessarily took the form of political theology. By examining a host of ancient texts and drawing on the insights of philosophers, poets, historians, anthropologists, social theorists, and theologians, Launderville shows how kings increased their status the more they demonstrated through their speech and actions that they ruled on behalf of God or the gods. Launderville's work also sheds light on a number of perennial questions about ancient political life. How could the people call the king to account? Did the people forfeit too much of their freedom and initiative by giving obedience to a king who symbolized their unity as a community? How did the religious traditions serve as a check on the king's power and keep alive the voice of the people? This study in comparative political theology elucidates these engaging concerns from multiple perspectives, making Piety and Politics of interest to readers in fields ranging from biblical studies and theology to ancient history and political science.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Dale Launderville
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Release: 2003
File: 428 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780802845054

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Author: Stephen Fry
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Release: 2018-07
File: 448 Pages
ISBN-13: 1405934131

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The author explores and defends the bold thesis that the idea of the collective unconscious can be reconciled with a scientific world outlook as he sketches a big picture from Jung’s psychological viewpoint. In his examination of Jung’s archetypes, Shelburne considers the chief critical views of the scientific import of Jung’s thesis as he discusses the issue of rationality posed by the theory. There is also a discussion of how the ideas of James Hillman contrast with those of Jung on the issue of the scientific nature of archetypes. Shelburne presents scientific evidence for the existence of archetypes and shows how the theory fits in with modern evolutionary biology.

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Genre: Psychology
Author: Walter A. Shelburne
Publisher: SUNY Press
Release: 1988-07-08
File: 180 Pages
ISBN-13: 088706695X

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Genre: Meteorology
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Publisher:
Release: 1978
File: Pages
ISBN-13: UCSD:31822009372889

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Author: Johann Leonhard von HUG
Publisher:
Release: 1823
File: 349 Pages
ISBN-13: BL:A0019788323

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The series of unofficial guides continues to delve into the mysteries of the phenomenal hit TV show. Season One was about trying to get rescued, Season Two was about adapting to the island, Season Three revealed the tensions between the lost and the Others and Season Four is the turning point in the series, pointing fans towards the future through flash-forwards rather than flashbacks. Armed with various clues peppered throughout Season Four of Lost, Finding Lost - Season Four aims to help readers further understand the mysteries of the island and truly find Lost.

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Genre: Art
Author: Uwe M. Schneede
Publisher:
Release: 2007
File: 191 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015074059356

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The call by German Early Romantic writers for a new mythology is one of the boldest and most unusual demands by any literary theorist. This study asks how an age which variously saw mythology as a historical phenomenon or a collection of artistically useful images came to see the need for its renewal at all. The author traces the evolving role of mythology in the writings of Winckelmann, Herder, Moritz and Schiller and argues that the late eighteenth century saw the emergence of a new conception of mythology which depended less on an established iconography and cultural context and more on the poetic and linguistic functions of mythology. This dehistoricized view of mythology formed the basis of the Romantic project and the author examines the works of Friedrich Schlegel and Schelling as well as the Älteste Systemprogramm des deutschen Idealismus against that background.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Daniel Greineder
Publisher: Peter Lang
Release: 2007
File: 227 Pages
ISBN-13: 3039110632

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