Using these generally accepted definitions, why are there hurt feelings and actual offense taken when the word "myth" is substituted for the word "religion" or for a specific religion? Why is there no similar outcry when we discuss Greek, Roman or Viking mythology - when there are still people who still subscribe to those beliefs today?
Myth: A traditional, typically ancient story dealing with supernatural beings, ancestors, or heroes that serves as a fundamental type in the worldview of a people, as by explaining aspects of the natural world or delineating the psychology, customs, or ideals of society
Religion: a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
Why is such offense taken when one describes the Bible, for example, as a book of myths? Is it because there's a perceived insult in the use of the word "myth"? Must I, an atheist who sees all religions that require the worship of an invisible supernatural being as based on myths, pretend that I believe that the stories in those books might be true? Is it really insulting for someone like me to describe those books in terms that seem honest? Look at the definitions again - they're practically interchangeable.
Answer by NotPanicking at 5:02 PM on Mar. 27, 2013
Answer by Ballad at 5:05 PM on Mar. 27, 2013
Answer by anng.atlanta at 5:08 PM on Mar. 27, 2013
I think that it's this part that bugs them " dealing with supernatural being" at least that's my guess.
And you're right. If *I* see them all as myth, why treat one any different than the others?
Answer by charlotsomtimes at 5:11 PM on Mar. 27, 2013
Answer by sahmamax2 at 5:15 PM on Mar. 27, 2013
Answer by bandgeek521 at 5:46 PM on Mar. 27, 2013
Answer by Ballad at 5:47 PM on Mar. 27, 2013
Because "their God is the one true God, not just a story like those primitive ancients came up with".
Seriously though, they really think the bible is different. Even though the majority of the stories in the bible can be traced back to earlier myths.
Answer by 3libras at 6:17 PM on Mar. 27, 2013
Myths are the stories. Religion is the worshipping of said stories. Then again calling the Bible "stories based on myth" is probably offensive to the willful ignorant
Answer by KristiS11384 at 6:42 PM on Mar. 27, 2013
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