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The Myth of Christian Supremacy: Restoring Our Democratic Ideals

The Myth of Christian Supremacy

Restoring Our Democratic Ideals

Burton L. Mack (Author)


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The Myth of Christian Supremacy is the culmination of a lifelong scholarly inquiry into Christian history, religion as a social institution, and the role of myth in the history of religions. Mack shows that religions are essentially mythological, and that Christianity has been an ever-changing mythological engine of social formation, from Roman times to its distinct American expression in our time.

Burton Mack explores cultural influence of the Christian myth over the last sixteen hundred years and asks whether religion has anything left to say about the social and cultural issues of the present state of the world.

We stand at a critical impasse, badly splintered by conflicting groups pursuing their own social interests. A binding common myth needs to be established by renewing a truly cohesive national and international story rooted in our democratic and egalitarian origins, committed to freedom, equality, and vital human values.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781506482132
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 310
  • Publication Date January 25, 2022


"Intellectually exciting and socially important, full of energy and exceedingly generative on one of the most important issues of our time."

Jennifer Michael Hecht, author of Doubt: A History

"Mack has done what no one else has dared to: he has drawn the big picture of Christian myth and its out-workings in the social imagination and mentalities of the West down to the contemporary USA."

Stanley Stowers, Brown University

"A must for anyone attempting to understand our changing world."

Randall Reed, Appalachian State University

"This book takes its place among the best examples of cultural criticism, exposing what goes without saying in US discourse and practice and daring to imagine a saner society and safer world."

Merrill P. Miller, University of North Carolina at Pembroke

"Mack explores the Christian myth and model of empire, finding it inappropriate for the twenty-first century. By deftly painting the big picture of a common-good reconfiguration of American society, he challenges us to reimagine our future--together."

Rev. Dr. Natalie K. Houghtby-Haddon, The George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership

"Mack applies his life's work to considering how a new narrative, post-Christian myth, might restore our democratic ideals. A valuable, provocative work."

Paul Harvey, Canadian Journal of History