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"a talented poet who has acquired considerable knowledge of the history and philosophy of symbolic forms." The greatest hero is intriguing "not only because it suggests a different and original explanation of the critical events in Jesus' life and death and resurrection (with Jesus still depicted and a good and heroic man), but because it embodies some very thoughtful interpretations of some of Jesus' most puzzling pronouncements." James R. Horne, Philosophy Professor, Rev. and author of Beyond Mysticism, The Moral Mystic and Mysticism and Vocation. Joseph Campbell's studies of mythology illustrate that beneath the diversity of the adventure of mythic heroes lies a common pattern. He calls this standard path the Monomyth. A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man. Research reveals the Monomyth to be a parallel to the human experience of revelation.Heroic tales are descriptions using fantasy, of the revelatory experiences of heroes and provide a glimpse into the mind of the hero.
The greatest hero takes these mythic stories about the inner lives of heroes, strips them of their fantasy content and creates psychologically equivalent experiences in the early life of JC. These experiences provide insights into the actions and words of the historic Jesus. The results are astounding. The words and ideas of Jesus that once appeared cryptic become clear and surprisingly at variance with accepted religious interpretations. His goal was not to save the world but to liberate our minds from superstition. In The greatest hero you will meet the genius behind the myth.