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41. GODS FIRE: [Quantavolution Website]
... unwritten directive that would guide their minds and hands would then be: 1) The "Chosen people" are a "select and exclusive people," and should preserve their religious heritage against any infiltration, expansion, or assimilation. 2) Establish the continuity of Yahweh with Elohim, i. e., between the gods of Genesis and Exodus. ... we here take the Golden Calf revolt seriously, and fit it neatly into our total theory of Moses' character, of Yahweh, and of how the people really felt about religion. Are we now to erase our theory and loosen one of the stones of our edifice? I think that the answer must be negative, for several reasons. The weakest ... abandoned when he writes about Moses as a person. Velikovsky evades arguments that may antagonize, whether nationalistically or religiously, Jews or fundamentalist Christians. Eliade, while including all other religions within his generalizations of historical cyclism, finds that Christianity is donated a particular linear course of history, leaving us with the uneasy question whether he is postulating an indefinitely long, ...
42. THE DEVINE SUCCESSION: FOREWORD [Quantavolution Website]
... Contra Gentiles, I, 1) In this book we take up the history of religion and consider the meaning of the universe. From the first, humanity had to be religious. It is still so. Further, it will be religious so long as it will exist. Religion is ultimately hope, and humans live on hope. So goes, ... to agree and add that the subsequent 2500 years have managed, also, to obscure the origins, characters and deeds of the gods. Many philosophers have quit concerning themselves with religion, believing that the road to wisdom is paved with logical forms. I doubt, however, that they can evade St. Thomas Aquinas' medieval injunction, to wit, ... parts of my book, going from theomachy to theotropy, pursue a way from despair to new hope. At all times every aspect of the human mind and behavior has been religiously affected. No bit of culture escapes religious relevance or effects. I mean this literally. Such is the cultural dimension of religion, which will be explained. That religion penetrates ...
43. THE DEVINE SUCCESSION: FOREWORD [Quantavolution Website]
... Contra Gentiles, I,1) In this book we take up the history of religion and consider the meaning of the universe. From the first, humanity had to be religious. It is still so. Further, it will be religious so long as it will exist. Religion is ultimately hope, and humans live on hope. So goes, ... to agree and add that the subsequent 2500 years have managed, also, to obscure the origins, characters and deeds of the gods. Many philosophers have quit concerning themselves with religion, believing that the road to wisdom is paved with logical forms. I doubt, however, that they can evade St. Thomas Aquinas ’ medieval injunction, to wit, ... parts of my book, going from theomachy to theotropy, pursue a way from despair to new hope. At all times every aspect of the human mind and behavior has been religiously affected. No bit of culture escapes religious relevance or effects. I mean this literally. Such is the cultural dimension of religion, which will be explained. That religion penetrates ...
44. Society News [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... audience this year was suitably rewarded for attendance by two extremely interesting and interdisciplinary lectures which dovetailed nicely together to give us some suggested explanations for the origins and causes of mythological and religious expression from Neolithic to historical man. Professor Irving Wolfe from Montreal, Canada, was originally advertised as speaking on 'A Catastrophic Reading of Western Cosmology' but, by one of ... as a response to cosmic catastrophe, then this could be taken as circumstantial evidence that such catastrophe had occurred. He wished to distinguish the deeper innate religious strivings of mankind from religion in the sense of organised cultural concepts; only this latter could be considered as a torchlight on our past. Enormous global catastrophes caused by extraterrestrial sources would have engendered a collective ... the 1993 conference and talked to us instead on 'A Catastrophic Reading of Religious Systems'. As this dealt with the origins and reasons for the survival of the present day world religions, its subject matter was chronologically later than that of our second speaker so I will deal with the lectures in reverse order. Dr Terence Meaden is perhaps best known to the ...
45. THE DEVINE SUCCESSION: PART I. THEOMACHY: CHAPTER TWO: THE SUCCESSION OF GODS [Quantavolution Website]
... steps to control it. Such statements may provoke panic in various intellectual quarters, and we wonder whether to arrest the panic or let the room be cleared. Much of out religious thinking depends upon refusing or denying the statements. Even some hard-boiled anthropologists meekly purchase meliorism in religious history, part of the famous idea of evolutionary progress, some such belief as ... be secularists- and anthropologists. Even those who do not believe in gods are quite sure that they are competent to distinguish good gods from bad ones. Yet the history of religion permits the statement. Leroi-Gourhan believes that the Upper Paleolithic hunters were probably religious. I have supported this view in Chaos and Creation with illustrations of a probable mating of Heaven as ... bison and Earth in the form of a woman. Much earlier practices respecting burials and the mounting of bear skull accord to Neanderthal man also basic religious ideas. Leroi-Gourhan (in Religions de la Prehistoire) produces a scenario of a large primordial religion from an "insignificant" incised tablet. What is revealed by relics must be only a token of full-scale rites ...
46. IGNIS E COELO [Mythopedia Website]
... ; compare E. E. Evans-Pritchard, ‘ Some features of Nuer religion ’: 135; in J. Middleton (ed.), Gods and rituals; readings in religious beliefs and practices, New York, 1967 [222 J. S. Mbiti, Concepts of God in Africa, London 1970: 103, 122 [223 K. McLeish ... go to the Mythopedia homepage IGNIS E COELO fire from heaven Marinus Anthony van der Sluijs, January 2001 introduction Among mythologists and students of religion in general it has become a habit to systematically ignore oddities and irregularities in the ancient testimony, placing stress on what is deemed sound and intelligible only. A prime example of this unspoken principle, which has in ... who, in the form of an omnipotent bird, soared in the beginning over chaos, for the heavens still lay prone upon the earth and sea [115. In South-American religions, the shaman ’ s soul may variously assume the physical form of a bird, a beam of light, a lightning bolt, a cloud, or a breeze [116 ...
47. THE DEVINE SUCCESSION: PART II. THEOTROPY: CHAPTER [Quantavolution Website]
... language and practices of religion as observed from childhood to old age in his or her own social settings and have read little but thought much, so that he would review his religious materials like Marcel Proust and Thomas Wolfe and James Joyce reworked their lost pasts in their autobiographical novels, making of the past a rich and elegant library. There are, of ... Grazia A NOTE ON SOURCES If we were to scan all of the written, graphic, and artistic works of mankind prior to the second World War, we should discover that religion was their chief topic, with political-military subjects a poor second, and commercial records ranking a close third. This fact, significant in itself, daunts whosoever wishes to delve into ... creations of Robert Graves and Joseph Campbell pertain here. Almost encyclopedic, yet entering boldly upon the analytic and systematic, are the studies of Mircea Eliade. His Patterns in Comparative Religions, The Myth of the Eternal Return, Myth and Reality, Images et Symboles, and other books are as indispensable as any particular writings can be in an age when hundreds ...
48. THE DEVINE SUCCESSION: PART II. THEOTROPY: CHAPTER ELEVEN: RELIGIOUS ELEMENTS IN SCIENCE [Quantavolution Website]
... Quantavolution.Org E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org TABLE OF CONTENTS THE DEVINE SUCCESSION PART II. THEOTROPY: by Alfred de Grazia CHAPTER ELEVEN RELIGIOUS ELEMENTS IN SCIENCE Out of religion came politics and then science, each reacting upon the others while going its own way. Science is a set of interests that is religiously, socio-politically, and autonomously determined. Science struggles to ... to a scientific method in whatever it does. The struggle lends it its distinction, providing it with its social character. Without the method, it is useless to speak of science. The method is applied to whatsoever extension of the senses is of interest and controls such extension; both operations sometimes fail but also often succeed in our day. A scientific ... ELEVEN RELIGIOUS ELEMENTS IN SCIENCE Out of religion came politics and then science, each reacting upon the others while going its own way. Science is a set of interests that is religiously, socio-politically, and autonomously determined. Science struggles to conform to a scientific method in whatever it does. The struggle lends it its distinction, providing it with its social character ...
49. Letters [Kronos $]
... To the Editor: In "Sin and the Control System" (KRONOS 11, 2, 1976, 77-91) John V. Myers convincingly argues the cosmic-catastrophic origins of major religious texts, as well as of notions of "sin" and of certain subsequent historical events such as witch-hunts and pogroms. To summarize, Myers holds that "uniformitarian scholars [ ... do not believe in cataclysms and in the cosmic origins of religion... can seldom catch a religion at the precise moment of its inception [emphasis added but are forever condemned to begin their study at some point far down the line.. .". He then documents allusions to a vast c. 1500 B.C. cosmic catastrophe in the originological ... of widely-separated religions and links these to Velikovsky's work on planetary contacts. From this, Myers deduces a general psychology of religion, "sin", and scapegoating: general catastrophe strengthens the concept of an all-powerful "God", who must continue to be seen as essentially beneficent lest life become altogether too terrifying... But, to sustain this belief ...
50. Velikovsky and Historical Anti-Naturism [Kronos $]
... written on the phylogenetic inheritance of guilt, the pioneering French anthropologist Emile Durkheim (1858-1917) had already anticipated Velikovsky's criticism. In his 1912 classic, The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life, he was highly critical of any "naturistic" explanation for religion; such an explanation addresses itself to the phenomenon of nature, either the great cosmic forces, such ... A SCIENCE OF MYTHOLOGY: I( 1975), p.13. In his last major book, Sigmund Freud( 1856-1939) sought a psychoanalytical explanation for the origins of the Jewish religion. In his view, those origins were analogous to the neurotic process: "Early trauma defence- latency- outbreak of neurotic illness partial return of the repressed.'' ... psychoanalyst, Immanuel Velikovsky( 1895-1979), while vehemently disagreeing with some of Freud's historical conjectures, essentially used Freud's methods to provide a very different explanation for the origins of modern religions. In Velikovsky's critique, Freud has centered his attention on the motif of father-murder (patricide), presenting it as though it had been a regular institution in ancient times. ...
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