Brian Rush

Religions all employ myth for the purpose of communicating what can’t be communicated directly. There is nothing wrong with this, as long as one remembers that that is what is being done. (See the earlier post on this blog, Logos and Mythos, for an exploration of this subject.) The problem is that all too often, the authorities within the religious community don’t remember what is being done and come to regard the myths as literal truths. When that happens, the first casualty is rationality, but intellectual freedom and even the ability to achieve genuine spiritual enlightenment follow into the ranks of the slain or grievously injured in short order.

Myth is a fine tool for spiritual awakening, but the confusion of myth with fact is its bane.

I’m going to talk today about a perfect example of this problem. The myth in question is one of the origins of…

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