The Resource Homeland mythology: : biblical narratives in American culture, Christopher Collins, (ebook)

Homeland mythology: : biblical narratives in American culture, Christopher Collins, (ebook)

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Homeland mythology: : biblical narratives in American culture
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Homeland mythology:
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biblical narratives in American culture
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Christopher Collins
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eng
Summary
Since 9/11, America has presented itself to the world as a Christianist culture, no less antimodern and nostalgic for an idealized past than its Islamist foes. The master-narrative both sides share might sound like this: Once upon a time, the values of the righteous community coincided with those of the state. Home and land were harmoniously united under God. But through intellectual pride (read: science) and disobedience (read: human rights), this God-blessed homeland was lost and is now worth every drop of blood it takes, ours and others', to recover. For Americans, the prime source for this once-and-future-kingdom myth is the Bible, with its many narratives of blessings gained, lost, and regained: the garden of Eden, the covenant with Abraham, the bondage in Egypt, the exodus under Moses, the glory of David and Solomon's realm, the coming of the promised Messiah, his crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension into heaven, his apocalyptic return at the end of history, and his establishment of the earthly kingdom of God. As Homeland Mythology shows, these biblical narratives have, over time, inspired a multitude of nationalist narratives, myths ingeniously spun out to justify a number of decidedly unchristian policies and institutions-from Indian genocide, the slave trade, and the exploitation of immigrant workers to Manifest Destiny, imperial expansionism, and, most recently, preemptive war. On March 25, 2001, George W. Bush shared a bit of political wisdom: "You can fool some of the people all of the time-and those are the ones you have to concentrate on." The cynical use of religion to cloak criminal behavior is always worth exposing, but why our leaders lie to us is no longer a mystery. What does remain mysterious is why so many of us are disposed to believe their lies. The unexamined issue that this book addresses is, therefore, not the mendacity of the few, but the credulity of the many
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Collins, Christopher
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973.01
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non fiction
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  • Electronic books
  • United States
  • Christianity and culture
  • Christianity and politics
  • Church and state
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adult
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Homeland mythology: : biblical narratives in American culture, Christopher Collins, (ebook)
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9780271074245
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(electronic bk.)
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MWT11645109
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Homeland mythology: : biblical narratives in American culture, Christopher Collins, (ebook)
Link
Publication
Color
multicolored
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780271074245
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11645109
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11645109
System control number
MWT11645109
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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