Myth-Making and Religious Extremism and Their Roots in Crises

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About the Book

According to sociologist C. Wright Mills, we do not live in a world of solid fact but in a world permeated by culture, constructed by humans through communication with each other. Myth-making shapes our lives, beliefs and behavior. Collective myths become plausible explanations for events past and future as each new generation constructs reality anew to make sense of the human condition.
Providing a sociological and multicultural analysis, this book examines myth-making in the today’s world amid religious extremism and terrorism. The authors discuss the imperative of myth in comprehending illness, sexuality, death and human relationships to the environment and other animals.

About the Author(s)

Arthur G. Neal, an emeritus Distinguished University Professor of sociology at Bowling Green State University, lives in Portland, Oregon.
Helen Youngelson-Neal, an emeritus professor of economics at Portland State University, also lives in Portland, Oregon.

Bibliographic Details

Arthur G. Neal and Helen Youngelson-Neal
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 216
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2015
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9858-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2131-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Preface 1

1. Why ­Myth-Making Is Necessary 7

2. The ­Myth-Making Process 20

3. Religious Extremism 34

4. The Problem of Evil 50

5. Terrorism 67

6. Born Again 84

7. Illness and Wellness 97

8. Death and Immortality 114

9. Humans and Other Animals 130

10. Human Sexuality 146

11. Alpha and Omega 161

12. The Secular Apocalypse 174

References 189

Index 201