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Campbell claims that there are no meaningful myths in contemporary society but then he identifies John Wayne and Douglas Fairbanks as his boyhood heroes. He also cites Star Wars as a mythological story. Are media such as film, television, and music providing modern society with a new set of heroes? If they are, who would be your choice of heroes or heroines and what lessons would they teach?

Throughout the book the word for the deity is capitalized when referring to Christian theology (God) and written in lower case (god) when referring to other religions. Does this indicate a prejudgment on the part of the authors?

In the creation myths of the Bible, Campbell cites two examples from different chapters of Genesis. In one example, God, as the primordial androgyne, creates Adam and Eve together in the image of himself. In the second example, God creates Adam...

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