“As it Was in the Beginning…”

The Modern Problem of the Ancient Self


  • Russell McCutcheon University of Alabama




self, Hippolytos, private religion


This paper is a response to Vaia Touna's conference paper.


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How to Cite

McCutcheon, R. (2010). “As it Was in the Beginning…”: The Modern Problem of the Ancient Self. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 39(2), 37–45. https://doi.org/10.1558/bsor.v39i2.010



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