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The Divine Succession: A Science of Gods Old and New

De Grazia, Alfred

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ISBN 10: 0940268051 / ISBN 13: 9780940268050
Published by Metron Publications, 1983
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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Title: The Divine Succession: A Science of Gods Old...

Publisher: Metron Publications

Publication Date: 1983

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Edition: Limited First Edition.

Book Type: Trade Paper

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Religion was born in the newly self-aware human mind among environmental catastrophes affecting the Earth and the cosmos. It stems from the vital need to control and understand the world, one's fellow humans and oneself under ever precarious and perilous conditions and is at the origin of science as well as of politics. "Man's moral record in religion is largely unacceptable, whether to humans or to gods, if such exist. No anthropologist, philosopher, or theologian is pleased with it. It has been continuously expurgated and in parts expunged, to make it look better than it is. To little avail. It still appears as total theomachy: a struggle of man against god, god against man, man against man in the name in the name of gods, and man against his divine self." (Alfred de Grazia)

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Alfred de Grazia was born in 1919 in Chicago and died in 2014 in France. His father, a musician and conductor, had emigrated to the United States from Sicily. Alfred de Grazia earned his PhD in political science from the University of Chicago. He fought in six campaigns in WWII as one of the first members of the Department of Psychological Warfare at OSS and ended the war as Commanding Officer of the psychological warfare combat propaganda team of the Seventh Army. He taught political science at U. of Minnesota, Brown U., Stanford U., and NYU, and as a guest lecturer in many university in the United States and abroad. He published over twenty books in the field of political science. He created the magazine "The American Behavioral Scientist" and was a pioneer in computerized information retrieval in the social sciences, creating the "Universal Reference System" in the 1960s. He met Immanuel Velikovsky in 1963 and published "The Velikovsky Affair." He created the field of Quantavolution and authored eleven books in the field of catastrophism and ancient history. His 2-million-visitors/y website "" is another pioneering effort in the field of personal archives. He also wrote poetry, plays and autobiographical works, as well as a three volume History of the United States: "America's History Retold." He created “Kalos Cosmos,” a general utopian strategy to achieve a good and just World. He spent his last decades between the United States, France and Greece. He is a member of the French Légion d’Honneur, and a Distinguished Member of the Regiment (DMOR) of Psychological Operations at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

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