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WESTERN CIVILIZATION: a short background, 7th variation, continues an organization grounding in political background, whereas protecting highbrow heritage (particularly the importance of principles and contributions) to a better and deeper volume than the other textual content for the path. writer Marvin Perry's available writing variety and versatile technique make this abridged model of WESTERN CIVILIZATION: rules, POLITICS AND SOCIETY a fascinating textual content for teachers and scholars of the Western Civilization survey direction. the main major addition for the 7th variation is the insertion in each bankruptcy of a chief resource that illuminates the narrative. The 7th version comprises present scholarship and new fabric at the scholarly debate of Biblical minimalists who query the historicity of the Exodus, Christian-Roman and Christian-Jewish family, nationalism and racial nationalism, the query of accountability for international battle I, communist and Nazi efforts at overall regulate, the ecu Union, Russia this day, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Al Qaeda and Islamic terrorism. also, a brand new part facing Muslim immigrants in Europe and anti-Semitism has been further to this variation.

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A crucial feature of Egyptian religion was the afterlife. Through pyramid-tombs, mummification to preserve the dead, and funerary art, the Egyptians showed their yearning for eternity and their desire to overcome death. Mortuary priests recited incantations to ensure the preservation of the dead body and the continuity of existence. Inscribed on the pyramids’ interior walls were “pyramid texts,” written in hieroglyphics—a form of picture writing in which figures, such as crocodiles, sails, eyes, and so forth, represented words or sounds that would be combined to form words.

2 In contrast to pagan gods, who were indifferent to human beings, Yahweh was attentive to human needs. By asserting that God was one, sovereign, transcendent, and good, the Hebrews effected a religious revolution that separated them entirely from the world-view held by the other peoples of the ancient Near East. THE INDIVIDUAL AND MORAL AUTONOMY This new conception of God made possible a new awareness of the individual, who was seen as the culmination and centerpiece of God’s creation. Created in the image of God, the human being is unique, qualitatively different from the rest of animate nature.

Rather, it attributed all occurrences to the actions of gods, whose behavior was often erratic and unpredictable. Shamans employed magic to protect people from evil supernatural forces that surrounded them. The scientific mind appeals to reason: it analyzes nature logically and systematically and searches for general principles that govern phenomena. The myth-making mind appeals to the imagination and feelings and proclaims a truth that is emotionally satisfying, not one that has been arrived at through intellectual analysis and synthesis.

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