Myth-Making and Religious Extremism and Their Roots in Crises

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McFarland, Oct 29, 2015 - Social Science - 216 pages
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According to sociologist C. Wright Mills, we do not live in a world of solid fact but in a world permeated by culture, constructed by humans through communication with each other. Myth-making shapes our lives, beliefs and behavior. Collective myths become plausible explanations for events past and future as each new generation constructs reality anew to make sense of the human condition. Providing a sociological and multicultural analysis, this book examines myth-making in the today's world amid religious extremism and terrorism. The authors discuss the imperative of myth in comprehending illness, sexuality, death and human relationships to the environment and other animals.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
1 Why MythMaking Is Necessary
7
2 The MythMaking Process
20
3 Religious Extremism
34
4 The Problem of Evil
50
5 Terrorism
67
6 Born Again
84
7 Illness and Wellness
97
8 Death and Immortality
114
9 Humans and Other Animals
130
10 Human Sexuality
146
11 Alpha and Omega
161
12 The Secular Apocalypse
174
References
189
Index
201
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The late Arthur G. Neal was a Distinguished University Professor of sociology at Bowling Green State University. Helen Youngelson-Neal, an emeritus professor of economics at Portland State University, also lives in Portland, Oregon.

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