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The past returns

Analysis: Not only Pope Benedict abuses history to substantiate his rhetoric. The same applies to Jens Stoltenberg, Fr.p. and the Norwegian Church.

(THIS ARTICLE IS ONLY MACHINE TRANSLATED by Google from Norwegian)

[historical myths] "The need for myth in our day is screaming!"

This is what American psychologist Rollo May's conclusion sounds like in the classic The Cry for Myth (1991). The national and international statements of recent weeks have again made May's contemporary analysis relevant. The more modern the world becomes, the more the need for historical myths seems to arise. The experience of the 21. The diversity of the century makes it tempting to seek back a constructed and unified security in the past.

78-year-old Pope Benedict XVI's controversial speech at the University of Regensburg in Germany, on September 12, can be understood in. . .

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Dag Herbjørnsrud
Former editor of MODERN TIMES. Now head of the Center for Global and Comparative History of Ideas.

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