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Why is pop culture obsessed with battles between good and evil? | Aeon Essays
It is somewhat astonishing that this never, ever talks about the Bible, millenarianism, or monotheistic religion generally. If you want stories where the conflict is defined between two sets of values, well, thus spoke Zarathustra. Characters switching sides when they change values --- could it be... SATAN? Etc. To the extent that there is a real change here at all, and not just selection bias, surely the explanation isn't _nationalism_, it's education that finally made the mass of people in Christendom take their professed religion seriously --- the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation.
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24 days ago by cshalizi
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