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This introductory chapter of the book opens with Max Horkheimer, whose ongoing relative neglect is to the impoverishment of criticism. It is divided into two phases, theology and history. Ste. Croix argues that he is a historian and not a theologian, but that belies the attention he gives to theological matters. The other part of the chapter on Lowy comes to close quarters with his treatment of Latin-American liberation-theology, especially in his The War of Gods. Michael Löwy, particularly on the topics of elective affinity and Latin-American liberation-theology. The chapter focus on a text that nearly everyone has read, but has done so a little too quickly - Roland Barthes's 'Myth Today' from his Mythologies.

Keywords: christianity; Max Horkheimer; mythologies; theology



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