Essay about Religion and Myth

1006 Words Mar 7th, 2011 5 Pages
A biblical myth is defined by Burrows, (1946) as a symbolic, approximate expression of truth which the human mind cannot perceive sharply and completely, but can only glimpse vaguely, and therefore cannot adequately express.
In bibilical interpretation a myth is a story which communicates a set of values or beliefs through imagery. The most important thing in the myth is the message and not the literal truth of the imagery.

. Good examples in the bible include: Jonah and the Whale Noah’s Ark The resurrection of Jesus
There are three senses in which the word ‘myth’ could be applied to religious texts and religious statements:

-The myth could be a method of interpreting ‘ultimate reality’, as described by Tillich. So myths have
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This sidesteps the criticism of Flew/Ayer, with their falsification/verification principles, saying that religious statements are meaningless. If we don’t expect religious myths to be factually significant, their power relies in their metaphorical or symbolic sense. However, this can prove a disadvantage of using myth as religious language, fundamentalists claim that the Bible is nothing more than a ‘warm-hearted story’ if we strip the Bible of all meaning except for myths.

Conveying religious truth through myth has many advantages, most importantly, it gives people a visual way of understanding what are often abstract ideas, so they ideas can become more easily understood. The stories are often lively and memorable, so are passed down through generations, often remaining intact after religions themselves are long forgotten- for example, we still hear myths of Roman and Greek Gods, and the Roman and Greek ‘religions’ are long forgotten in history.
However, this can also be one of the disadvantages of using religious myth as a way of conveying religious truths, as often the myth has been around for so long that the myth is no longer in its original form and may not still carry its religious meaning, which suggests that it is no longer an original religious truth., as people have forgotten or just don’t know what the story was originally meant to mean. Therefore, religious myths lose their place in ‘religion’, as they couldn’t be possibly

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