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Resuscitating myth: Hollywood, Big History and transdisciplinary theology

Gys M. Loubser, Calvyn C. du Toit
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 4 | a4921 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i4.4921 | © 2018 Gys M Loubser, Calvyn Clarence du Toit | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 January 2018 | Published: 28 May 2018

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Gys M. Loubser, Department of Dogmatics and Christian Ethics, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Calvyn C. du Toit, Department of Dogmatics and Christian Ethics, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

Expanding our description of liturgy as an organisation of technics structuring desire, we describe the accompanying myth as a technic of knowing. Drawing on transdisciplinary theology, developed from the work of Wentzel van Huyssteen, Paul Cilliers and Alfonso Montuori, we engage the cross-disciplinary construction of scientific myth by Big Historians. We argue that myth, as a transversal technic of knowing, is abundant in many spheres of our lives and bridges what Bernard Stiegler calls the persistent minimal gap between humanity and technics. Can Big Historians offer such a bridge and what does it mean when scientists use technicities developed by religious practitioners?

Keywords

Myth; Stiegler; van Huyssteen; Big History; Technics

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