By John Morreall

50 nice Myths approximately Religions is an exciting, 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 puzzling over how and why definite myths have arisen, and their carrying on with impact on our own and collective view of religion.

bargains a full of life, informative, and thought-provoking  advent to a few of the typical misbeliefs surrounding religions

  • Discusses myths approximately spiritual trust in most cases, in addition to particular rules that encompass Judaism, Christianity, Islam, atheism, and agnosticism
  • Covers quite a lot of myths, from historic legends similar to the Bible forbidding red meat being eaten since it factors ailment, to trendy city fables, similar to Barack Obama being a Muslim
  • Unpacks each one fantasy in flip, explaining why it arose, the way it unfold, and why the ideals that stem from it are questionable
  • Includes a desirable dialogue approximately human nature, and the most features that predispose us to create and circulation myths to start with
  • Underpinned through a large wisdom of educational examine, it truly is written through revered faith students and skilled authors

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50 nice Myths approximately Religions is an fascinating, informative, and infrequently funny creation to a few of the lengthy status myths that encompass non secular trust. This attractive booklet gets its readers wondering how and why yes myths have arisen, and their carrying on with effect on our own and collective view of faith.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data applied for Hardback ISBN: 978-0-470-67351-5 Paperback ISBN: 978-0-470-67350-8 A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library. Cover image: Dramatic sky © omersukrugoksu/iStockphoto 1 Introduction: Myths and Misbelieving Might I suggest that [people doubting religious narratives] use the tactic used by many modern Jews dealing with biblical narratives that defy credulity, from a six-day story of creation to Jonah living inside a large fish.

The spirits here are clearly physically located, and they change their location from being inside the man to being inside the pigs. Besides God, angels, and demons, as we said, the other thing that Christian theologians have said is spiritual rather than material is the human soul. But that idea is not Biblical, either. In the Bible, the soul is what makes something be alive. The Bible’s words for soul are the Hebrew nefesh and ruah, and the Greek spirē and pneuma. These words mean wind, breath − air that’s moving.

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. ” In biblical times, Smith argues, “faith” meant confidence (which comes from the same root as “faith,” the Latin fideo) or trust, specifically expressed in a relationship to whatever it is one perceives as the transcendent.

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