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Political Myth: On the Use and Abuse of Biblical Themes (New Slant: Religion, Politics, Ontology)
In this provocative and necessary work, Roland Boer, a leading biblical scholar and cultural theorist, develops a political myth for the Left: a powerful narrative to be harnessed in support of progressive policy. Boer focuses on foundational stories in the Hexateuch, the first six books of the Bible, from Genesis through Joshua. He contends that the “primal story” that ru ...more
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A strange mix of a book, but worth a look if the title appeals to you. The early chapters on biblical themes were very different from the examinations of mythmaking in current Australia, USA, and Israel. The closing chapter on mythmaking for the Left was excellent. There, Boer takes the neoliberal/neoconservative/capitalist dream at its word and imagines our perfectly globalized and perfectly laissez faire future. Rather terrifying and bleak, as you might expect.