Jesus’ Empire or the Empire’s Jesus?

In: Method & Theory in the Study of Religion
Craig Martin St. Thomas Aquinas College 125 Route 340 Sparkill NY 10976 USA

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In response to Burton Mack’s argument in “A Secular Bible?” that a Christian myth or “Christian mentality” drives American empire, this essay suggests that Christian myths should be seen as products of empire. As we can see by looking at 19th and 20th century racist and anti-racist versions of Jesus, base determines superstructure at least some of the time.

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