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Reimagining Boundaries and the Gods Who Inhabit Them

by Craig Deininger

Who’s not intrigued by boundaries? The markers of where a thing ends and another begins. Or they can be approached as meeting places where distinct phenomena bump up against each other. Or they can...

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News & Updates

On May 24, at two hours and eleven minutes after sunset, Bahá’ís begin their celebration of the exact moment in 1844 when The Báb declared himself the messenger of God.

Annually, forty days after Easter, Western Christians return in spirit to the Ascension of the Lord (May 26). The apostles can be imagined, heads bent backward, looking up in astonishment.

Featured Audio

II.2.4.08 - Ultimate Loyalty - God or Man - an excerpt from this lecture.

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Joseph Campbell — The Laws of God and Man

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Monthly Gift

Our gift to you this month is eSingle titled Envoy: No Horizons. Access this download for free until the end of the month.

This eSingle is an excerpt from Joseph Campbell’s book Myths to Live By.

Campbell famously compared mythology to a kangaroo pouch for the human mind and spirit: “a womb with a view.” In Myths to Live By, he examines all of the ways in which myth supports and guides us, giving our lives meaning. Love and war, science and religion, East and West, inner space and outer space-Campbell shows how the myths we live by can reconcile all of these pairs of opposites and bring a sense of the whole.

Got ideas? Share them with a community of like-minded mythmakers at our discussion forum – the Conversations of a Higher Order.

Joseph Campbell Book Club

“There’s hardly a tale centering a young person that isn’t at some point broadly referred to as a “coming-of-age” story, as if children are nothing but transitional creatures, pre-adults waiting to evolve into their final form. The chasm between childhood and adulthood is broadened and examined in this month’s book: Lydia Millet’s 2020 novel A Children’s Bible. This is a story that will remind adult readers of the ever-present unease of youth, an endemic harshness that keeps children acutely aware, by nature, of death and danger. Millet weaves the reality of current climate crises with Christian allegory to highlight evergreen questions central to humanity’s monomyth: What world have we inherited, and what will we leave behind for the next generation when our time is up?”

Gabrielle Basha
Communications Manager
Joseph Campbell Foundation

Weekly Quotation

Mythology is very fluid. Most of the myths are self-contradictory. You may even find four or five myths in a given culture, all giving different versions of the same mystery. Then theology comes along and says it has got to be just this way. Mythology is poetry, and the poetic language is very flexible.

Religion turns poetry into prose. God is literally up there, and this is literally what he thinks, and this is the way you’ve got to behave to get into proper relationship with that god up there.