The conventional view is that at least in the West there is a clear-cut and insurmountable divide between human beings and God. This article argues that the divide is neither clear-cut nor insurmountable. Three disparate cases are considered: the conception of God in the Hebrew Bible, traditional and contemporary conceptions of heroism, and the status of celebrities.
RankOttoRobbinsF.JelliffeSmith ElyThe Myth of the Birth of the Hero1914. [1st ed. (1909 in German)]New YorkJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease Publishing2nd ed. trs. Gregory C. Richter and E. James Lieberman. Introduction by Robert A. Segal. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press 2004
On the romantic hero see Reed1974. On the bourgeois hero see Giraud 1979 . On the ordinary person as hero see Miller 1949. On the comic hero see Smith 1981. On the schlemiel as hero see Wisse 1971. On the absurd hero see Galloway 1970 [1st ed. 1966].