Evaluation of Myth

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The use of myth makes a more memorable...
...narrative.
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Myth might broaden our understanding of...
...truths which can not be outlined in a factual manner but which none the less carry meaning.
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The fabrication of other details adds to...
...the overall message that the writer is trying to convey.
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What does Brainwaite argue?
Religious language is meant to assert moral claims which express the desire to act in a certain way.
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Therefore, stories in which the truth is outlined give...
...moral impetus (stimulus) for how people should behave with one another.
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Mythical stories may have fitted a world in which the begging of the world was a mystery....
....but now we have the explaination of the Big Bang theory, these stories are no longer needed to convey truths.
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Wilkinson and Campbell call this...
...'filling gaps' which no longer need filling.
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What did Ahluwalia argue about cultural imagery?
It tends to be culturally determined.
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Many religious believers believe that there are...
...central truths conveyed in sacred texts.
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If myth is the medium in which those truths are told...
...core elements might be misinterpreted/missed.
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What does Taylor say about communicating truths?
"If a myth is a made-up story (like a fable) then it does not communicate any truths about God."
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What does Taylor say about competing myths?
"There is no agreed criteria for judging which myth comminucates truth."
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Flew argues that stories in the bible that are now being seen as mythological rather than literal is...
...convenient.
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Flew sees this as...
...shifting the goal post to try and qualify the teachings and therefore justify their beliefs.
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He calls this "the death of...
...a thousand qualifications."
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Fassbinder says: "The more real things get...
...the more like myths they become."
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Shermer: "Myths are stories that express meaning, morality or motivation...
...Whether they are true or not is irrelevant."
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"Old Myths, Old gods , old heros....
...have never died. They are only sleeping at the bottom of our mind."
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Who said this?
Kunitz.
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