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Possibly no assertion incites extra theological and ethical outrage than a human's declare to be divine. those that make this declare in historic Jewish and Christian mythology are usually represented because the so much hubristic and hazardous tyrants. Their terrible punishments are predictable and nonetheless function morality stories in non secular groups at the present time.

But now not all self-deifiers are saddled with satisfaction and fated to fall. a few who claimed divinity acknowledged an easy and direct fact. although reviled in the world, misunderstood, or even killed, they acquired vindication and rose to the celebrities.

This publication tells the tales of six self-deifiers of their historic, social, and ideological contexts. within the historical past of interpretation, the preliminary 3 figures were demonized as cosmic rebels: the 1st human Adam, Lucifer (later pointed out with Satan), and Yaldabaoth in gnostic mythology. against this, the ultimate 3 have served as optimistic versions for deification and divine prefer: Jesus within the gospel of John, Simon of Samaria, and Allogenes within the Nag Hammadi library.

In the top, the road setting apart demonization from deification is dangerously skinny, drawn because it is by way of the unsteady hand of human valuation.

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