The American Soul: Rediscovering the Wisdom of the Founders by Jacob Needleman

By Jacob Needleman

Taking a look at the lives of America's founders-including Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin-scholar and bestselling writer Jacob Needleman explores their middle of internal ideals; their spiritual and non secular sensibilities; and their person belief of the aim of life. 

The founders, Needleman argues, conceived of an "inner democracy": a continuous pursuit of knowledge and self-improvement that will undergird the outer democracy within which we are living this day.

Any knowing of the USA as a state of non secular values will within the years forward require Needleman's paintings as some extent of reference.

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Over the course of his first 12 appearances he brings down a greedy senator with ties to arms manufactures; punishes a mine owner for forcing his men to work in dangerous conditions; exposes a disingenuous advertising executive out to fleece the public; and attacks dishonest stockbrokers in the oil industry. )6 21 DO THE GODS WEAR CAPES? 3 Let’s reflect for a moment on the idea of virtue represented by this original Superman. Writer Jerry Siegel had not yet found a snappy slogan to summarize the moral imperatives driving his new hero, and so the language with which he introduces the character varies slightly from issue to issue, but the concept of the “battle against oppression” quickly emerges as a constant.

For example, within the apophatic theological tradition, the concept of God is inherently deconstructive; for by asserting that God is knowable only as that which cannot be known, negative theologians undo the opposition between knowledge and faith. 6 First, I offer a brief consideration of Wonder Woman’s Amazon heritage and its implications for the character. Then I consider how her first writer, psychologist William Moulton Marston, self-consciously designed Wonder Woman to change perceptions of gender and sexuality by inverting the hierarchical oppositions of man/woman, power/ weakness, and dominance/submission.

But so does T. S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland,” and the terms of that negotiation are notoriously complex. Rejecting the traditional critical prejudice against mass cultural forms, why should we assume that comic books are always simpler than poems when it comes to processing and transforming their primary materials? Consequently, in this chapter, I do not propose to demonstrate that Superman is “really” a religious figure by performing yet another exegesis of his origin story (which I assume is familiar); nor do I attempt to claim him as a modern version of some ancient archetype by pointing out all the ways he resembles this or that character from heroic myth or folklore.

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