Is God dead? Jim Marion says that what has really died is our myth of God, our worn-out notion of the deity in the sky, separate from us, who intervenes in our lives only when petitioned strenuously. God still exists, but we need to update our interpretation of God’s nature. The mythic sky God was never real, says Marion. It was only a concept of God, now outdated. The real God is in the human heart, within the world, operating as the engine of evolution. God grows us from within into ever higher levels of awareness. In a bold revisioning of contemporary spirituality, Marion, author of the acclaimed Putting on the Mind of Christ, shows us how to expand consciousness and follow the genuine path of Jesus and the world’s mystics into greater inner development.
I have argued that at the root of this crisis is the core question: Does God exist?
For at least 125 years now, the West has been debating the death of God. God's
death was first proclaimed by the philosopher Nietzsche and other members of
Author: Jim Marion
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
This book offers questions and answers about religion and spirituality, as well as metaphysics. It's OK to question your faith. It's OK to find answers that don't fit with others' beliefs. Move away from being told what to believe to thinking and believing for yourself. Find yourself reading about religious musings, life-experience musings and metaphysical musings. You may be shocked or relieved to know that you are not alone in questioning and finding answers that resonate with you.
I remember in the 1960s the proclamation that “God is dead.” This makes sense
to me now, as we have moved away from the Mythic God to a new way of
experiencing Him/Her/It. Jim Marion has written a book entitled The Death of the
Author: Marge deGraw
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
In this world tour of folklore and ancient art, Varner examines the images we give to the spirit of nature and explores this important aspect of human perception.
314 The most important savior-gods, Adonis, Attis, Osiris, Dionysus, and Jesus
met violent and untimely deaths, were “mourned by a loving goddess and
annually celebrated by...worshippers.”315 Osiris: Egyptian God of Vegetation,
Author: Gary R. Varner
Publisher: Algora Publishing
Category: Literary Criticism
To question the idea of hell as a default destination is to question the entire fundamentalist evangelical worldview. This book does just that. Fundamentalist evangelicalism holds that the Bible is an infallible authority and that all are born in sin. Sinners go to hell, but Jesus, taking their place, died to save them from hell. How did this belief come to be? What were the effects on people brought up with a belief in the reality of hell? What has been the process of people leaving the fundamentalist evangelical movement? In Bad Girls and Boys Go To Hell (or not), Gloria Neufeld Redekop takes us on her own personal journey as she engages a movement in which she was raised, conducting a careful study of the history of fundamentalist evangelicalism, the attachment to a literal-factual interpretation of the Bible, and an analysis of the experience of those who have left the movement.
Sweeney, born again and again, 147,149. Ibid., 105. Wicker, God Knows My
Heart, 106–7, 123–26. Kübler-Ross, On Death and Dying. Marion, The Death of
the Mythic God, 31–32. Bryant, “Inching Along,” 157. Marion, The Death of the
Author: Gloria Neufeld Redekop
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
tion may be raised about his choice of a mythic form in which to state his meaning
. Nietzsche does not argue that the God hypothesis is logically untenable and
without experimental verification . He refers to the murder of God under the knife
Author: Bernard Murchland
Publisher: New York : Random House
Category: Death of God theology
A new exciting attempt to reconcile theology and science in a contemporara "theology of nature".
However, the God of process thought merely replaces the mythic, objectified God
of Deism with the monistic God of philosophical pantheism. And in such
approaches, if God is to engage the world in a true relation, then it follows that
God is ...
Author: Larry S. Chapp
Publisher: A&C Black
Mythic Patterns in Ibsen's Last Plays was first published in 1970. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions. Until recently critics have tended to regard Ibsen principally as a social dramatist, one who was concerned primarily with the political, social, and moral questions of his time. Radical though he was in the Victorian era, his ideas, with the passage o time, ceased to be avant garde,and for this reason many critics have dismissed him as outdated. Professor Holtan examines a major portion of Ibsen's work, his last eight plays, in a new perspective, however, and finds much that is of lasting significance and interest. Ibsen's initial impact came with the publication in 1879 of A Doll's House,the play which seemingly advocates a woman's right to leave her husband and children. His reputation as a social dramatist was only furthered by the appearance of his next two plays, Ghosts and An Enemy of the People. But Professor Holtan's study of the plays which came after these identifies in the later plays values which transcend the social problems of their time, penetrating questions of the human spirit itself. The eight last plays which Professor Holtan examines in this study are The Wild Duck, Rosmersholm, The Lady from the Sea, Hedda Gabler, The Master Builder, Little Eyolf, John Gabriel Borkman, and When We Dead Awaken. In these plays he identifies a mythic pattern and unity based in elements of symbolism and mysticism which have puzzled or annoyed readers and critics for years. In his mythic vision Ibsen's lasting contribution far exceeds that of his invention of the social-problem drama, Professor Holtan concludes.
JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN AND WHEN WE DEAD AWAKEN • MYTHS OF
DEATH AND RESURRECTION C The ... pattern or Ur-myth which recounts the
combat between the god and another force, depicts the suffering and death of the
Author: Orley I. Holtan
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
Category: Literary Criticism
The Apostle Paul's dramatic and much-discussed conversion on the road to Damascus radically changed the course of his life--as well as the Christian religion. Can a new narrative, and a new perspective, be brought to this two-thousand-year-old story and centuries of critical thought and study? Writer and filmmaker Robert Orlando believes it can. Apostle Paul: A Polite Bribe is a dramatic and challenging book, inspired by his controversial film of the same name. This groundbreaking look at Paul's life draws on extensive research into Paul's letters and the book of Acts to reveal Paul's human attitudes and insecurities. Orlando reconstructs a fresh take on the Apostle Paul's life and proposes that Paul, as one of Christianity's most celebrated converts, may have needed more than faith and fervor to convince the other apostles to accept his vision of Christian ministry. Apostle Paul: A Polite Bribe illustrates how a vision of promise eventually leads to a hopeless prison cell and ultimately, a new religion, challenging the traditional perspective to inspire new thought on one of the best-known founders of the Christian religion.
The Death of the Mythic God: The Rise of Evolutionary Spirituality. Charlottesville:
Hampton Roads, 2004. Martin, Dale B. The Corinthian Body. New Haven: Yale
University Press, 1995. Martin, Ralph P. James. Word Biblical Commentary 48.
Author: Robert Orlando
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
...A "fun" re-construction of the aDonis myth, and tales of "Death..".. Stanley uses his skills in myth/poetry to makes this an enjoyable encounter! The rhythms of his duB-poetry are richly observed and visible.... ....post-Impressionist!
Stormsfaith Mythic Form contents -a concrete re-Construction(after the risen sun:
ecOlogy myth, Male-ism, Egyptology, Plato, Pythagoras, Hegel, de Moivre,
Darwin, Freud, de Saussure, Heisenstein, Propp, Levi-Strauss, Lacan, Barthes,
Author: Stanley Martin
This book presents a reading of the Nietzschean thought of the eternal return of all things and relates it to Freud's psychoanalysis of the repetition compulsion. Nietzsche's eternal return and Freud's repetition compulsion have never before been so seriously compared. The manner in which this study is executed is drastically different from usual Nietzsche scholarship and Freud studies. Chapelle works with his material until it acquires archetypal levels of significance, even while the level of everyday life experience is never abandoned. He returns the theory and practice of psychologizing and philosophizing to the old ground of imaginative poetic and ultimately mythic thought.
... about what he terms a "death instinct" and later places under the sign of
Thanatos, the Greek mythic god of death. In this chapter we examine Freud's
notion of death instinct and its relation to the repetition compulsion as well as its ...
Author: Daniel Chapelle
Publisher: SUNY Press
Scholars, educators, health professionals, and activists from a variety of fields have struggled with one of the most significant questions of contemporary life: How do we rescue the experience of death and dying from the mire of fear, denial, and secrecy that it has been associated with for the better part of a century? In When Death Goes Pop, Charlton D. McIlwain describes a striking emerging shift in the way that death is represented in such omnipresent forms of media as television - a shift that seems to be moving the American discourse on death and dying from the private sphere to the public. The book surveys the past thirty years of death-related television programming, from daytime soaps to prime-time dramas, focusing primarily on Home Box Office's Six Feet Under and its innovative approach to the subject, and from the Sci-Fi Channel's Crossing Over to the genre of paranormal programming as a whole. This book also discusses the increasing use of multimedia and the Internet in the funeral industry and how the new technologies change the way that we remember the dead as they create and sustain what we might call a «virtual community of death».
In the modern world , mythic ruminations have been replaced by scientific
explanations . The gods ... But it seems that by rejecting God ( in the sense of a
permanent , omniscient and omnipresent deity ) and myth we place ourselves in
a rather ...
Author: Charlton D. McIlwain
Publisher: Peter Lang
Category: Performing Arts
God Is a Warrior traces the development of the "divine warrior" motif through the Old and New Testaments, beginning with Israel's conflicts with her enemies and ending with Christ's victorious return in Revelation. Against the broader background of Ancient Near Eastern warrior mythology, Part I discusses Yahweh's warfare on behalf of ancient Israel, and prophecies of the coming Divine Deliverer. Part II looks at the New Testament's Divine Warrior, Jesus Christ, and his war against his spiritual enemies in the Synoptic Gospels, in Paul's letters, and in the final apocalyptic battle in the book of Revelation.
The vision of the woman, the child, and the dragon is a rebirth of the mythic
conflict between a god and the dragon of chaos,5 but it is also detailed with the
familiar theme of a male—in this case, a child-who will rule, or shepherd (
Author: Tremper Longman III
In his epistles, St. Paul sounded a universalism that has recently been taken up by secular philosophers who do not share his belief in Christ, but who regard his project as centrally important for contemporary political life. The Pauline project -- as they see it -- is the universality of truth, the conviction that what is true is true for everyone, and that the truth should be known by everyone. In this volume, eminent New Testament scholars, historians, and philosophers debate whether Paul's promise can be fulfilled. Is the proper work of reading Paul to reconstruct what he said to his audiences? Is it crucial to retrieve the sense of history from the text? What are the philosophical undercurrents of Paul's message? This scholarly dialogue ushers in a new generation of Pauline studies.
Today, two thousand years later, this death of God is still an enigma: how to read
it outside the pagan-mythic topic of divine sacrifice or the legalistic topic of
exchange (payment for sin)? What exactly dies on the cross? In the history of ...
Author: John D. Caputo
Publisher: Indiana University Press
By conceiving owl as messenger of Yama , the god of death who is the “ gatherer
of people ” , 4 who “ rules the dead ” S and who is “ an object of fear for all the
Vedic seers probably saw in the bird all the traits suitable enough to identify it
Author: Mythic Society (Bangalore, India)
Although there are various `religious' traces in Heidegger's philosophy, little effort has been made to show the systematic import which his thinking has for outlining a full range of religious and theological questions. Precisely because his thought is opposed to the construction of any `dogma', his vast writings provide clues to what meaning(s) the `Sacred' and the `Divine' may have in a postmodern age where the very possibility of `faith' hangs in the balance. By showing how Heidegger's own thinking can be interpreted as a struggle to come to terms with religious questions, this book undertakes a postmodern investigation of the Sacred which both draws upon and transcends various world-religions and denominations. A postmodern, non-sectarian vision of the Sacred thereby becomes possible which is open to the plurality of religious experiences on the one hand, and yet affirms on the other Heidegger's emphasis (in Beiträge zur Philosophie) on the `last god' as the displacing of all sectarian visions of god. This book will have special appeal to Heidegger scholars, as well as students interested in the overlap between phenomenology and philosophical theology.
This allusion to the “other beginning,” or to its counterpart as the Great Beginning
of the Greeks, has indeed a mythic aura, as Caputo indicates.” In Beiträge,
Heidegger traces this mythic legacy in the guise of the last god. In alluding to the
Author: F. Schalow
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Despite the widespread trends of secularization in the 20th century, religion has played an important role in several outbreaks of genocide since the First World War. And yet, not many scholars have looked either at the religious aspects of modern genocide, or at the manner in which religion has taken a position on mass killing. This collection of essays addresses this hiatus by examining the intersection between religion and state-organized murder in the cases of the Armenian, Jewish, Rwandan, and Bosnian genocides. Rather than a comprehensive overview, it offers a series of descrete, yet closely related case studies, that shed light on three fundamental aspects of this issue: the use of religion to legitimize and motivate genocide; the potential of religious faith to encourage physical and spiritual resistance to mass murder; and finally, the role of religion in coming to terms with the legacy of atrocity.
In major passion plays, such as those commemorating the death of Jesus or the
death of the Shi'ite martyr Imam Husayn, ... the boundaries between actor and
audience are broken down, as are the boundaries between the mythic time of the
Author: Omer Bartov
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Category: Political Science
Of mythic origin , also , are many euphemisms for death . ... the dead , and clearly
of mythic origin . ... How can we speak of God , heaven , the soul , sin , salvation ,
regeneration , Satan , hell , and so on , without using the terms employed in ...
The Death of Secular Messianism argues that, the claims of secularists notwithstanding, modernity did not so much abandon humanity's historic search for the divine, but rather transposed it into a new, innerworldly key. This "secret religion of high modernity" came in both positivistic and humanistic variants. The first sought to overcome finitude by means of scientific and technological progress. The second sought to overcome contingency by creating a collective Subject--the Modern Democratic State or the Communist Party--in and through which human beings would become the masters of their own destiny. In making his case for this thesis, the author outlines a new political-theological and social-theoretical perspective which saves what is best in modernity--its focus on human creative activity and its commitment to rational autonomy and democratic citizenship--while re-engaging humanity's great spiritual traditions.
... societies have some concept of a high god, their operative religious structure is
radically polytheistic, with high gods, demiurges, gods of various natural
phenomena, and culture heros all participating in important ways in the mythic
Author: Anthony E. Mansueto
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
The Triune God, together with the forthcoming second volume, The Works of God, develops a compendious statement of Christian theology in the tradition of a medieval summa, or of such modern works as those of Schleiermacher and Barth. Theology, as it is understood here, is the Christian church's continuing discourse concerning her specific communal purpose; it is the hermeneutic and critical reflection internal to the church's task of speaking the gospel, to the world as message and to God in petition and praise. This volume and its successor are thus dedicated to the service of the one church of the creeds; it is for no particular denomination or confession. The interlocutors of this work's analyses and proposals are drawn from wherever in the ecumenical tradition a question may lead: to theologians and traditions ancient, medieval, or modern; Eastern or Western; Catholic or Protestant.
Finally, how is Jesus' death a victory over the powers and principalities? Again, it
is what happened in Jerusalem and at Golgotha that is the reconciling event, and
not a mythic event behind them. Therefore our first step of understanding is to ...
Author: Minnesota Robert W. Jenson Director Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theory
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Mythic themes over five millennia support the idea that since dreams and myths originate in an inner world unknown to consciousness, dreams provide a direct and fruitful approach to mythology
10 Like the willing victim, who, "though he was in the form of God . . . humbled
himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross" (Philippians 2 :
6-8), so in his incarnation as the cosmic boar the dreamer of this universal dream
Author: Joseph Campbell
Publisher: Princeton University Press