Price Of Monotheism Paperback

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Price Of Monotheism

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Nothing has so radically transformed the world as the distinction between true and false religion. In this nuanced consideration of his own controversial "Moses the Egyptian", renowned Egyptologist Jan Assmann answers his critics, extending and building upon ideas from his previous book. Maintaining that it was indeed the Moses of the Hebrew Bible who introduced the true-false distinction in a permanent and revolutionary form, Assmann reiterates that the price of this monotheistic revolution has been the exclusion, as paganism and heresy, of everything deemed incompatible with the truth it proclaims. This exclusion has exploded time and again into violence and persecution, with no end in sight. Here, for the first time, Assmann traces the repeated attempts that have been made to do away with this distinction since the early modern period. He explores at length the notions of primary versus secondary religions, of 'counter-religions', and of book religions versus cultic religions. He also deals with the entry of ethics into religion's very core. Informed by the debate his own work has generated, he presents a compelling lesson in the fluidity of cultural identity and beliefs.

Price Of Monotheism by Jan Assmann was published by Stanford University Press in October 2009. The ISBN for Price Of Monotheism is 9780804761604.

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Page last updated 8th December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherStanford University Press (October 2009)
Weight227g
Number of Pages152
Thickness15 mm
Height226 mm
Width150 mm
ISBN9780804761604
ISBN-100804761604
Product Code2589437
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