By John Morreall
50 nice Myths approximately Religions is an fascinating, informative, and infrequently funny advent to a couple of the lengthy status myths that encompass non secular trust. This enticing e-book gets its readers considering 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 advent to a few of the typical misbeliefs surrounding religions
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Until the introduction of that term, Indians identified themselves by any number of criteria − family, trade or profession, or social level, and perhaps the scriptures they followed or the particular deity or deities upon whose care they relied in various contexts or to whom they were devoted. ” Nor were the diverse traditions lumped together under the term “Hinduism” unified by sharing such common features of religion as a single founder, creed, theology, or institutional organization. Perhaps the most salient characteristic they shared − besides the fact that they were from the Indian subcontinent (which is the core meaning of “Hindu”) − was that they were not Jewish, Christian, or Muslim.
2010), in which “myth” means a widespread belief that is not well supported by evidence. Some of our myths are like that, such as the beliefs that Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible, and that Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem on December 25. But we also count as myths common beliefs that are questionable for other reasons, such as that they conflict with the teachings of the religions of the believers. Some Muslims (and countless non-Muslims), for example, believe that the Qur’an promises suicide bombers 72 heavenly virgins.
None of those is supernatural, nor are the essential virtues cultivated by Buddhists: compassion (metta), kindness (karuna), and sympathetic joy (mudita). ” Nirvana – the bliss of no longer suffering and being reborn – is achieved by living according to the Noble Eightfold Path and practicing the essential virtues. Similarly, the indigenous religions of China, Confucianism and Taoism are about how people should live and be happy. Confucius taught an ethical system in which people respect and care for each other.