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February 08, 2011


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JK Rowling says that she believes "in God, not magic", and is essentially doubt-ridden.

This, despite her billion dollar net worth.

MYTH is infinitely more powerful than "accurate historical record". (As if there IS such a thing anyhow--- ya know something pure and unaltered by human story-telling.)

Humans are meaning making, myth embracing creatures. Jesus? Just one more chapter of the enduring hero myth. But certain elements (death on cross for sake of humanity)put this myth in the lead. It abides.

The power of (male mostly) hero myth? We needn't look far - Hollywood and the military. A hero is always noble, and must be willing to risk sacrifice of some part of himself or all for others. The Hero also needs to get beat up badly on the way to his possible death or he has not proved himself. This is the ancient formula that Hollywood makes use of --- it will never fail. Spiderman, Lethal Weapon, Die Hard, Last Action Hero, Lord of the Rings, Ghost, and so on and so forth.


You might also enjoy reading about another book - The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics. Not sure you'd actually enjoy reading it though. It's chock full of historical research that makes the case for the gradual evolution of the devil, but it is a bit tedious to plow through at times. Sadly, the copy at my local library disappeared shortly after the book arrived - I'm tempted to attribute its disappearance to act of censorship by an insecure fundamentalist. But one never knows - it could just as well have been a devout devil worshipper!

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