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    Are you saying that all religions should be taken metaphorically or just certain parts of religion?

    "My chief political consultant will be my conscience." - Theodore C. Sorensen

    by 0wn on Mon Jul 02, 2007 at 03:18:22 PM PDT

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    •  That's a fair question and I have no (0+ / 0-)

      definitive answer because "religion" encompasses a whole host of various beliefs and practices and social functions, etc, etc.

      Let me say this, however.  

      When it comes to religious mythology, obviously they're virtually always non-rational, non-scientific.

      This does not mean that they have no value.

      A religious myth can be a story that has a valuable moral message or a story that can lead a person to a whole new, and better, way of conceiving of themselves.

      The problem is not necessarily with the myth, but with how we interpret it.

      For example, the Judeo-Christian myth of "God."

      If we literalize that then we posit an actual deity,  a literal being, who created the universe and has consciousness of self.

      But the word can have other meanings beyond that literalist take.

      It can refer to way of being, or a way of knowing, characterized by a sense of unity and oneness with the larger world.

      "War does not determine who is right - only who is left." - Bertrand Russell

      by Karmafish on Mon Jul 02, 2007 at 03:24:46 PM PDT

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