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Who Is Joseph Campbell

Can you tell me who Joseph Campbell is and how his teachings differ from the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

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Because of his beliefs Spinoza was known in his lifetime and a century after his death as a man of appalling wickedness. He was influenced by Eastern Religions and Cultic practices and men who taught error.
These teachings include Hinduism, Taoism, the New Age movement, Mysticism and others.
Campbell was influenced by these men and their evil misguided teachings. He was a speaker/lecturer/teacher was full of mistruths and cultic influences.
---Elder on 3/31/08


L L; Joseph Campbell was a prolific writer on myths and legends,and how they affect "religion". He died in '87. I wouldn't describe his works as "teachings" but "observations" One should form their own opinion on any literary works!
---1st_cliff on 6/9/07


Cambell saw metaphor in all religion, much like William James, or even dare say, Carl Jung? The probem most,and not JUST fundamentalist Christians, see the physical ressurction as an actual event, as I do- Jesus rising in the flesh, this is a core belief, as Paul himself pointed out. There are layers of metaphor in the Bible true, but that one trancendent point, His resurection is an eccleastical point seperating Jesus from all other stories, religions.
---MikeM on 8/28/06


Reply - Part 6a
Just a few ideas on the Campbell/Scripture connection to add to your blog. I welcome comments on my brief analysis.
---Aurora on 8/27/06


Reply - Part 5c
Had they taken of another way of knowing, presumably of heart-knowing, they might indeed still dwell in the walled garden of delight which is Eden. As the False Teachers quiz on this site quotes from Romans on knowing that comes from the heart, For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:10)
---Aurora on 8/27/06




Reply - Part 5b
As we see in the story, Adam and Eve indeed missed this golden opportunity. As Campbell points out, But as we are told in the Bible legend, it would have actually been possible for Adam to put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever.. (p. 28)
---Aurora on 8/27/06


Reply - Part 5a
Another idea consistent between the teachings of Campbell and Jesus is that of heart knowing -- or at least knowing that does not come from solely believing Scriptures in your mind. Having been lured by the notion of an epistemology based on the duality of good/evil only, Adam and Eve are cast from the garden. Thus, in their ignorance, they neglected to partake of the tree of life.
---Aurora on 8/27/06


Reply - Part 4e
Jesus, as teacher then, might approve of how Campbell, also as teacher, clearly illustrates to us that the Judeo-Christian Creation story is itself a parable from which we the people might absorb the perennial wisdom into our beings on a much deeper mythic level. Jesus did the same in the telling of his parables and the people got it.
---Aurora on 8/27/06


Reply - Part 4d
and offers that ...they are not historical. That much is clear. They speak, therefore, not of outside events but of themes of the imagination. And since they exhibit features that are actually universal, they must in some way present features of our general racial imagination, permanent features of the human spiritor, as we say today, of the psyche. (p. 24)
---Aurora on 8/27/06


Reply - Part 4c
Today, we know and know right well, that there was never anything of the kind: no Garden of Even anywhere on this earth, no time when the serpent would talk... (p24) Campbell exclaims, Who invents these impossible tales?
---Aurora on 8/27/06




Reply - Part 4b
First in speaking of how the story has long been literally misunderstood, Campbell says: ...it used to be the custom of both Jews and Christians to take the narratives literally, as though they were dependable accounts of the origin of the universe and of actual prehistoric events....a creation of the world in seven days by a god known only to the Jews. (p 23)
---Aurora on 8/27/06


Reply - Part 4a
Jesus also spoke in parables so that stories might be metaphorically conveyed to and understood by the people. Campbell also points out that the Creation story is not to be taken literally, but rather as a metaphor.
---Aurora on 8/27/06


Reply - Part 3d
His cross, thoughout the Middle Ages, was equated with the tree of immortal life; and the fruit of that tree was the crucified Savior himself, who there offered up his flesh and his blood to be our meat indeed and our drink indeed. This is consistent with what I was also taught having been raised as a Christian -- that by Christs death and resurrection, the gates of Heaven are forever open!
---Aurora on 8/27/06


Reply - Part 3c
This is consistent with the teachings of the New Testament where it is said that Jesus, by his death and resurection, granted us immortal life. From John 10:27-28, Jesus said "My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand." And as Campbell later discusses, The teaching here is that Christ restored to man immortality.
---Aurora on 8/27/06


Reply - Part 3b
He goes on to say that it is knowledge that has thrown us out of the garden, pitched us away from our own center, so that we now, judge things in those terms and experience only good and evil instead of eternal life-which since the enclosed garden is within us, must already be ours, even though unknown to our conscious personalities. (p. 25)
---Aurora on 8/27/06


Reply - Part 3c
He goes on to say that it is knowledge that has thrown us out of the garden, pitched us away from our own center, so that we now, judge things in those terms and experience only good and evil instead of eternal life-which since the enclosed garden is within us, must already be ours, even though unknown to our conscious personalities. (p. 25)
---Aurora on 8/27/06


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Reply - Part 3a
In Chapter 2, The Emergence of Mankind of the above-named book, Campbell discusses the Garden of Eden story. He points out that it is eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil that has driven the couple from the garden, while there is also a second tree in the garden, that which would give them eternal life.
---Aurora on 8/27/06


Reply - Part 2
Im really not sure how Joseph Campbells teachings differ from Scripture, but since I happen to be reading from his book, Myths to Live By, I am grateful to come across your blog which discusses this very subject. I can comment on some of the parallels in Campbells work to the Christian creation story and the teachings of Christ through the writings of the New Testament.
---Aurora on 8/27/06


Reply - Part 1
According to Wikipedia, Joseph Campbell was an American professor, writer, and orator best known for his work in the fields of comparative mythology and comparative religion. I think he is best known to the American public through his PBS series of interviews with Bill Moyers, called The Power of Myth.
---Aurora on 8/27/06


Try putting the name "Joseph Campbell" into a search engine.

He was real, and the Diciples of Christ follow him today.
---John_T on 5/9/06


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Who is/was Joseph Campbell? Sounds as if you are talking of Joseph Smith, but have never heard of Joseph Campbell?????
---ronny on 5/8/06


Cliff your same old lame arguments show up again. While you spend all your time in the global community you need to look inside the little box and accept truth. You don't have everyone confused. You know the Truth you just don't accept it. You whine about Greek/Hebrew word meanings when you should have spoke out about your belief in Gods Word but I guess that doesn't exist.
Cond #2-->
---Elder on 2/6/06


Cond #2-->
Your mentor Campbell did not visit every tribe in North America. You believe him and reject Scripture. There is a box for you also. He didn't visit the Charles City Virginia Charity Tribe. We have never seen you defend Gods Word but you will defend Campbell and the New Age. Why is that?
---Elder on 2/6/06


What offends many about Joseph Cambell is his treatment of ALL religion as metaphor for the human condition. This is amixture of CJ.Jung and Carl Kereyna. The problem for a Jew or Christian is that on Sinai or With Jesus there is the claim of exclusivity, no other deity can claim a death and physical resurrection. Tammuz, Mithra were all mythos-Jesus was a realperson, and his resurection were seen by many, and as testified to by Paul as the cornerstone of belief.
---SLCGuy on 2/6/06


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Elder; That's it? that's your enlightenment? Proves there's a hell? which one,sheol,hades,tarterus or gehenna? Punishment? did He not punish Adam and Eve? How does it prove "understanding?desires? REALITY?/(that's a big one) NO escape? "you will not leave my soul in hell"act.2.27!Time to take the lid off that little box and take a peek outside.
---1st_cliff on 2/5/06


Joseph Campbell studdied every Indian tribe in N.America,he didn't become a Shamus or medicine man, simply wrote down his findings and how they relate to the world at large.No he's not my mentor I just find it interesting! We live in a global village, you live in a little box.
---1st_cliff on 2/5/06


# 3..
So sorry Cliff I just remembered that John also wrote I, II, and III John. So that takes care of the other three books.
I guess you can go back to Joe Campbell and the likes of him and his teachers now.
I perceive that you think his writings are real truth and not symbolic.
---Eler on 2/5/06


Cond #2-->
The Gospels agree in one another so that leaves 3.
I am not sure which 3 books they are but I am sure you can explain them away in your mind also.
Luke 16 proves there is a Hell, punishment, understanding, desires, reality, emotions and no excape. I explained this to you in your "months" before that you said you never got an answer to.
You just didn't get an answer you could explain away so you conveniently "forgot."
---Eler on 2/5/06


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Cliff let's figure how "Enlightened" you are.
The New Testament contains 27 books. Paul wrote 13 or 14 of them. You reject him.
That leaves 13.
Of those you think Revelation is all symbolic that leaves 12.
Luke and Acts were written by Luke who gave creditability to Paul so you don't trust his writings. That leaves 10.
Matthew was written to the Jews. You are not a Jew you are left with 9.
You have said John didn't mean what he wrote so you have 8.
Cond #2-->
---Eler on 2/5/06


Elder; Not happened yet? How quickly we forget.I twice gave you a comprehensve explanation of the R M and Lazerus several months back , that you never commented on! You never did give your "enlightend" expo.
---1st_cliff on 2/5/06


The Bible is a spiritual book. The parables were earthly stories, with heavenly meanings. Much of the Bible is literal. Prophecies, dreams, and visions were often times symbolic with a real meaning. The Holy Spirit helps us to understand scripture. 1Corinthians 2:14 \ 2Peter 1:21
---Ulrika on 2/5/06


Joseph Cambell is not 'jibberish' he saw mythos as metaphor. I doubt those who blanket denounce him or anyone else not a 'literalist' has ever read anything he has written. Through I do not care for him, I did read 'Hero with a thousand faces' in college. 'Literalism' is a trap, requiring one to deny reality in order to maintain faith. True faith has no fear of reality.
---SLCguy on 2/5/06


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Cliff it is not my job to enlighten you. That is what the Holy Spirit does. But, since you think He is not literal I can see why that has not happened yet.
---Elder on 2/4/06


Ulrika; I was just commenting of Joe's post, that the bible is literal; I'm aware of the Lambs meaning, but if Joe was right then Sheep would be getting married!
---1st_cliff on 2/4/06


1st cliff...Since PBS is not a Christian broadcasting station, there's plenty of jibberish on there. Those who do not know Christ and thus live in total darkness as to the truth ( which is Jesus, who is the way, the life and the TRUTH) think they have all the answers to life's complex problems.
---clark on 2/4/06


I believe Jesus is called the Lamb of God, because he is God's perfect sacrifice.
---Ulrika on 2/4/06


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Elder;Then maybe you'll enlighten us with the spiritual application of the rich man and Lazerus?
---1st_cliff on 2/4/06


Cliff that is my worry for you, I am afraid you will not be there for the Marriage of the Lamb.
Who did John say the Lamb that takes away the sin of the world was?
The account of Luke 8:4-8 could very well have happened. Do you say that because you think it is all a Parable that no Farmer ever sowed seed that fell on bad ground, was trampled or eaten by birds? Is that your thought? Do you think the above could have ever happened?
The Parable is in the spiritual application of the events.
---Elder on 2/3/06


Clark; PBS dosen't give air time to "jibberish!" Joe; The bible "literal?" I would like to see the ceramony when a "lamb" gets married! Elder; You determine it's literal because of "was"? Luke 8.5., a farmer "was" sowing. I like this part (8.10)"but to OTHERS I speak in parables,so that tho seeing they may not see ,tho hearing may not understand." (NIV) Everone knows what a horse looks like, but how about a dragon with 7 heads and 10 horns?
---1st_cliff on 2/3/06


I saw Joe Campbell on TV with Bill Moyers. I was amazed that someone with his supposed intelligence was speaking pure jibberish!
---clark on 2/3/06


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1st Cliff..the Bible is to be taken literally. Jesus did die and was resurrected. Lazerus was real and was most definately raised back to life. Paradise is NOT underground and you obviously do not know Christ. No wonder you are so negative! The joys of a personal relationship with Jesus is something the world cannot possibly fathom.
---joe on 2/3/06


Cliff now we are on the same sheet of music and I am glad you have noticed the difference between us.
The Holy Spirit of God revealed Scripture to me. While you were studying the likes of Campbell the Lord taught me to compare Scripture with Scripture.
I never said that Jesus didn't die because He did.
Cond #2-->
---Elder on 2/3/06


Cond #2-->
You claim I say heaven is a nursery for babies but you make their nursery a grave or Hell.
What device do you use to determine which portion of Scripture is literal, symbolic, prophetic or figurative?
I look at the word "was" (Luke 16) and think it means was. You look at "was" and think it means "maybe, could be, never really happened" but never actually was.
Cond #3--->
---Elder on 2/3/06


Cond #3--->
I heard people like you say the horses are symbolic but, you see, John knew what a horse was. Many have debated that the Kings of the East won't be riding horses because military technology has advanced so far. Yet just two days ago the homesteaders in Israel were attacked and hurt by hundreds of riders on horse back.
Time is on my side to prove my views correct.
---Elder on 2/3/06


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Elder;Whoever "revealed" scripture to you didn't reveal it to me! You take the bible as "literal" I see it as literal,symbolic,prophetic and figurative. You don't see the R man & Lazerus as a parable, that Jesus didn't really "die" but was galivanting around the universe when everyone thought he was dead. Paradise is underground,and horses will ride out of the sky, and a heavenly nursery with millions of babies! That's why everything I say sounds "negative"!
---1st_cliff on 2/3/06


Cliff, now your the victim. You should go back and check all your answers and you will find out for yourself. It's like, something moves you everyday to answer the way you do. And it is not for learning, teaching or to correct someone, its just to start trouble. We are all here to help one another and encourage one another. Sometimes we don't agree but at least God's Truth has a chance to grow. We are here for you too. If you let people into your heart, we can be the source that God uses in your life.
---Lupe2618 on 2/2/06


Let's see how close we are tied in...
Cliff on Campbell,
"I wouldn't describe his works as "teachings" but "observations"...."
1st_cliff on 1/30/06
Then Cliff on Cliff,
"I put forth "an observation" and..."
1st_cliff on 2/2/06
Why is everything being "observed" on the negative side and contrary to revealed Scripture?
---Elder on 2/2/06


Cliff the same Bible that gives the accounts you speak of also tells us to have no part of the evil works.
Campbell and the likes of him have fed your belly and provides you the termite infested platform to stand against Scripture.
Cond #2-->
---Elder on 2/2/06


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Cond #2-->
Post after post I see you coming in and trying to deny what Scripture teaches. I cannot remember any positive things you have ever contributed.
I follow you simply to expose your misconceptions.
You try to cast doubt on Paul and now try to make other parts of the Bible fit in with Campbell and his crowd to validate your connection with his satanic views.
Is there anything in the Bible that you believe is true?
---Elder on 2/2/06


Lupe;Maybe it's all a matter of perspective.Maybe the times we live in,the justice system tends to blame the victim.I put forth "an observation" then in come the flying missles.When I try to support my view,I'm the contetious purpetrator! Kinda feels like a pork chop at a Jewish wedding!
---1st_cliff on 2/2/06


What is really wrong with you Cliff? Don't you have anything good to give others? I mean something positive. You are like a volture ready to attack. How sad that you have to live your life this way when you could have so much love from many. You sound like my brother who was hurt as a child and has never gotten over it. Just about everything Godly he refuses to except. We can love you if you let us. I promise.
---Lupe2618 on 2/2/06


Elder; Do you ingest the spiritual food of the bible when it talks about the magic practicing priests of Egypy,and Babylon,or do you skip the account when it goes into detail about Baal? No difference than informing one's self about what goes on in the world. Does that make you "one of them"?
---1st_cliff on 2/2/06


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Thanks Craig, God Bless you.
---Elder on 2/2/06


Cliff looking at poison food is different from digesting it....now is the time to say burp.
---Elder on 2/1/06


Reading and watching evil stuff can influence us in a blad way, just like reading scripture can influence us in a good way.
---Ulrika on 2/1/06


Elder; How come you know more about him than I do, if you've never read his stuff? hmmm
---1st_cliff on 2/1/06


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To Elder...Thanks for sharing about Schopenhauer and Spinoza. It was very interesting reading.
---Craig on 2/1/06


Linda,
Joseph Campbell was a speaker/writer who lived 1904 to 1987. He said, "Myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human manifestation."
He was raised Roman Catholic and greatly influenced by the "Philosopher" Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860.
Cond #2-->
---Elder on 2/1/06


Cond #2-->
Schopenhauer was a glum angry person. His mother forbade him from her home. He would argue with guest about the uselessness of everything.
He said women were, "Directly fitted for acting as nurses and teachers of our early childhood because they are childish, frivolous and shortsighted, are big children all their life, are undersized, narrow-shouldered, broad-hipped and short-legged race, with no proper knowledge of anything and have no genius."
Cond #3--->
---Elder on 2/1/06


Cond #3--->
He said the Holy Ghost wrote certain paragraphs for him. He was a lonely, violent, unbefriended man who shared his single life with a Poodle.
He was influenced by the "Spinozistic" view or Naturalistic School of philosophy founded by Benedict de Spinoza, 1632-1677.
Spinoza believed in Pantheistic Monism.
This says God does not love or hate, lives and moves in nature, the Universe is God, man imagined God to be like him and there is no personal God.
Cond #4---->
---Elder on 2/1/06


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