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Manichean – world view that argues that the world is split into good and evil - an adherent of the dualistic religious system of Manes, a combination of Gnostic Christianity, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, and various other elements, with a basic doctrine of a conflict between light and dark, matter being regarded as dark and evil. Dualistic – The concept that the world is ruled by the antagonistic forces of good and evil. The concept that humans have two basic natures, the physical and the spiritual. The view that the world consists of or is explicable as two fundamental entities, such as mind and matter. The condition of being double; duality. Faces of the enemy
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Unformatted text preview: Us v them, good v evil, tribe v enemy Hos tility toward stranger not hos pitality Enemy – Stranger unknown, aggressor, faceless, absolute evil Theology of War (and the enemy) – construction of the enemy as non-human is crucial to justifying a war of good v evil; easy to dev. a theological understanding of us being good, on God’s side; it is our duty to God to destroy the enemy and evil In propaganda (and entertainment) the enemy is often seen as non-human, nazi campaign shows Jews as rats, in movies the enemy is a monster or alien; must de-humanize the enemy because it is hard for one person to kill another Paper: response to film due next Tuesday...
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