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By John Morreall

ISBN-10: 1118554299

ISBN-13: 9781118554296

50 nice Myths approximately Religions is an fascinating, informative, and infrequently funny creation to a few of the lengthy status myths that encompass spiritual trust. This enticing publication gets its readers wondering how and why convinced myths have arisen, and their carrying on with impression on our own and collective view of religion.
Offers a full of life, informative, and thought-provoking  creation to a few of the typical misbeliefs surrounding religions

  • Discusses myths approximately non secular trust usually, in addition to particular rules that encompass Judaism, Christianity, Islam, atheism, and agnosticism
  • Covers quite a lot of myths, from old legends similar to the Bible forbidding red meat being eaten since it reasons affliction, to trendy city fables, comparable to Barack Obama being a Muslim
  • Unpacks every one delusion in flip, explaining why it arose, how it...

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    Confucius taught an ethical system in which people respect and care for each other. The central virtue in Taoism is wu-wei, living in accordance with the Way of the cosmos (the tao), rather than trying to control events. Confucianism and Taoism share a worldview in which Tao is all-pervasive; it is in the things and events all around us, not in a separate nonmaterial realm. The distinction between what is spiritual and what is material is not even evident in early Biblical literature. Consider the descriptions of God in the Hebrew Bible.

    A second feature of human beings that leads us to create myths is that we are social animals. We are born into groups and are nurtured by them. Our family and community are the initial source of our safety and security. We must therefore be able to identify our own group and learn to live in harmony with them, and be able to distinguish between them and those who might be a threat to us. Early humans lived in tribes, as many still do. Getting along with the rest of one’s tribe requires keeping track of who all of them are, how they are related to each other, whether they are cooperative or dangerous, etc.

    It’s what we now call a gas, rather than a solid, but it’s still material. Not only are there currently thousands of religions that are not about “the spiritual” as nonmaterial, then, but the religion that puts the most emphasis on “the spiritual” today − Christianity − started out with no concept of the nonmaterial, thinking of souls as a light kind of matter. References Najjar, A. (2008) Kahlil Gibran: a Biography, Saqi, Beirut. Oxford English Dictionary (1989) Oxford University Press, Oxford.

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