Accidental Gods

Deification has been defiance: from the depths of abjection, creating gods has been a way to imagine alternative political futures, wrest back sovereignty, and catch power. Accidental deities have also cured illnesses, bestowed children ...

Author: Anna Della Subin

Publisher: Metropolitan Books

ISBN: 1250296889

Category: History

Page: 435

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NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY ESQUIRE, THE IRISH TIMES AND THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT A provocative history of men who were worshipped as gods that illuminates the connection between power and religion and the role of divinity in a secular age Ever since 1492, when Christopher Columbus made landfall in the New World and was hailed as a heavenly being, the accidental god has haunted the modern age. From Haile Selassie, acclaimed as the Living God in Jamaica, to Britain’s Prince Philip, who became the unlikely center of a new religion on a South Pacific island, men made divine—always men—have appeared on every continent. And because these deifications always emerge at moments of turbulence—civil wars, imperial conquest, revolutions—they have much to teach us. In a revelatory history spanning five centuries, a cast of surprising deities helps to shed light on the thorny questions of how our modern concept of “religion” was invented; why religion and politics are perpetually entangled in our supposedly secular age; and how the power to call someone divine has been used and abused by both oppressors and the oppressed. From nationalist uprisings in India to Nigerien spirit possession cults, Anna Della Subin explores how deification has been a means of defiance for colonized peoples. Conversely, we see how Columbus, Cortés, and other white explorers amplified stories of their godhood to justify their dominion over native peoples, setting into motion the currents of racism and exclusion that have plagued the New World ever since they touched its shores. At once deeply learned and delightfully antic, Accidental Gods offers an unusual keyhole through which to observe the creation of our modern world. It is that rare thing: a lyrical, entertaining work of ideas, one that marks the debut of a remarkable literary career.

Accidental Gods

Spanning the globe and five centuries, Accidental Gods introduces us to a new pantheon: of man-gods, deified politicians and imperialists, militants, mystics and explorers.

Author: Anna Della Subin

Publisher: Granta Books

ISBN: 1783785039

Category: History

Page: 572

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Spanning the globe and five centuries, Accidental Gods introduces us to a new pantheon: of man-gods, deified politicians and imperialists, militants, mystics and explorers. From the conquistadors setting foot in the New World to Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, elevated by a National Geographic article from emperor to messiah for the Rastafari faith, to the unlikely officers hailed as gods during the British Raj, this endlessly curious and revelatory account chronicles an impulse towards deification that persists even in a secular age, as show of defiance or assertion of power. In her bravura final part, Subin traces the colonial desire for divinity through to the creation of 'race' and the white power movement today, and argues that it is time we rid ourselves of the white gods among us.

The Peculiar People

These providential meetings are not accidental . God's cyes run to and fro throughout the earth , bringing about His blessed purposes . My study of the Scriptures for more than ten years has aroused in me an exceedingly , deep interest ...

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Blackwood s Edinburgh Magazine

Who could surpass him or below , is not purely accidental , God's cause ? And to Mr Bulstrode but that it is a preference arising God's cause was something distinct distinctly out of the circumstances from his own rectitude of conduct ...

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British Thought and Thinkers

Nor can it be said to be intrinsically a necessary means , i.e. the only one which God could have chosen . It was , indeed , “ fittingly , ” but still arbitrarily , chosen by God , and in so far is accidental . God's sovereign will ...

Author: George Sylvester Morris

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The Life Recovery Bible KJV

5For the LORD thy God hath chosen him out of all thy tribes, to stand to minister in the name of the LORD , him and his sons for ever. ... the deceased person's family had the right of vengeance, even if the killing was accidental.

Author: Stephen Arterburn

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 1414385064

Category: Bibles

Page: 1665

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With over 2,000,000 copies sold, The Life Recovery Bible is today's #1–selling Bible tied to the Twelve Steps of recovery, helping millions of people turn to the true source of healing—Jesus Christ. Now available in the King James Version!

Knowledge

The accidental God's Word , and so singularly blind to the fact that their misplacement of a word , or even of a ... we have not a clear idea as to what A SINGULAR accident of this sort occurred to me once when it actually means !

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A Tour of the Summa

God is the source of being, bodily and spiritual, substantial and accidental. God is therefore the Creator of bodies as well as of spirits. And while some bodies can propagate and reproduce their kind, God had to give first beginnings ...

Author: Paul J. Glenn

Publisher: Aeterna Press

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Category: Religion

Page: 709

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We may adapt a remark of St. Thomas Aquinas, and apply it to his own great work, the Summa Theologica: not everyone has talent to master this work; not everyone has a taste for the study it requires; not everyone has time to devote to such study. Aeterna Press