Much of the book involves patient detective work among biblical texts to unearth the traces of rebellion and heresy that challenge received notions of god. Bloch is often difficult to follow, but the direction of the argument is clear enough. When human beings challenge god as an external power to whom obedience is due as a condition of their creation (the Genesis myth), they begin to see themselves as having “god” within them (particularly, in New Testament terms, the Jesus who is “the Son of Man”). So, instead of looking back to a lost paradise, they look forward to some future state in which the “god”-like power within them can be realised.
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