By John Morreall
50 nice Myths approximately Religions is an fascinating, informative, and sometimes funny creation to a few of the lengthy status myths that encompass non secular trust. This attractive e-book gets its readers pondering how and why convinced myths have arisen, and their carrying on with impact on our own and collective view of religion.
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Most often it was applied to human beings acting with the help of God’s grace. With that meaning, obviously, “supernatural” could never be applied to God himself. But as early modern thinkers developed the idea of nature as a physical system that can be explained by physics and the other “natural sciences,” the “supernatural” came to mean a realm of beings that were not subject to the laws of nature − such as God, angels, demons, ghosts, and spirits. com/dictionary/religion (accessed January 10, 2014).
Indeed, most myths about other groups, like most gossip, put people in a bad light. As we shall see, there are few flattering myths about other people’s religions. The fifth thing about human beings that leads to mythmaking is that we are storytelling animals. Around the world, for tens of thousands of years, people have created narratives – to explain events, honor heroes, teach children moral lessons, entertain each other, and for many other purposes. We store information about people mostly as stories about them, and before the invention of writing a few thousand years ago, stories were the basic form in which human beings retained most information about anything at all.
In the English-speaking world today, “faith” is often used as a synonym for “religion,” even by scholars of religion. The popular introduction to world religions titled Many Peoples, Many Faiths, by Robert Ellwood and Barbara McGraw (2013), for example, is in its 10th edition. There is also John Bowker’s (2006) World Religions: The Great Faiths Explored and Explained. ” But, in fact, faith and belief are not equivalent terms, and “religion” is not reducible to either one. The great pioneer of Religious Studies Wilfred Cantwell Smith (d.