The American Religion and All That Mumbo-Jumbo: The Gnostic, The A-Gnostic and the Pagan in American Literature.
Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Round Table 2007, Summer
Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Round Table
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Many humanists and liberals who supported the war against Osama bin Laden and the Taliban and even, initially, the 2003 invasion of Iraq also might have called the self a "true standard of being" underpinning Western democracy, whose values of individual rights and civil liberties were under threat from Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein. (In fact, such a case has been made by the British leftist/atheist commentator Christopher Hitchens.) Yet, according to Bloom, the first Bush implied something different and was heard differently by the practitioners of what Bloom terms the "American Religion." The first Gulf War, in Bloom's view, was not understood by the President and these practitioners as being about human rights or even about oil. Rather, Bloom claims, the concept of the "self's status and function as the true standard of being" actually refers to a deeper and more radical view of the self that defines what Bloom calls the "American Religion" and marks the emergence of what he terms a "post-Christian nation." The core belief of this America Religion, Bloom asserts, unites sects whose surface differences might seem irreconcilable Southern Baptists, Mormons, Seventh-Day Adventists, Pentacostalists, Christian Scientists, and African American churches, among others. What they hold in common, according to Bloom, is an understanding of the soul, or "something deeper than the soul, the Real Me or self or spark ... made free to be utterly alone with a God who is also quite separate and solitary ... " This spark, "this true Adam is as old as God, older than the Bible, and is free of time, unstained by morality," linked to the solitude of the American individual, a state of being that Bloom identifies as the American spiritual quest for gnosis, a mystical knowing of an eternal self and/with God to be found in "the primal Abyss, named by the ancient Gnostics as both our foremother and our forefather" (30).
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- Categorie: Rechten
- Publicatiedatum: 22-06-2007
- Uitgever: Forum on Public Policy
- Tekstlengte: 35 pagina's
- Taal: Engels