Truth or Death

Truth or Death

The Quest for Immortality in the Western Narrative Tradition

Book - 2004
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In the tradition of James Frazer, Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell, Thierry Hentsch retells, with new urgency and a keen critical eye, "the story of the West" that shapes our perception of the world. Yet, "the story of the West" does not exist. Only a reading of its most seminal texts--from Ulysses to Hamlet , from the Torah to the Gospels, from Plato to Descartes--can bring it alive.
His tale turns on a startling discovery: The Christian message of immortality is conditional. To overcome death--the touchstone of the human condition--the believer must accept the Truth of salvation. Western civilization, by replacing God with technoscience, offers the universal promise that salvation may now be gained on earth. Yet, as a condition, it would impose its own absolute morality on the world. Truth or Death: the Biblical injunction is ours as well.
Publisher: Vancouver : Talonbooks, c2004
ISBN: 9780889225091
Branch Call Number: 809.93382 HEN 2004
Characteristics: 412 p. ; 23 cm


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