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Religion as Myth

Religion as Myth

Author: Carissa Wyant
Description:

This lesson discusses both the myths that can be found at the base of many religions, as well as the view that contemporary religious practice is in fact just a vestige of older, non-rational modes of thought.

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Terms to Know
Extra-rational

Beyond the limits of human logic, cognition, or reason—typical of the divine.

Irrational

Violating known and accepted rules and standards of logic, cognition, or reason.

Myth

A claim or narrative that is psychologically, anthropologically, or sociologically ‘true’ despite the absence of empirical data or other rational support for it.

Non-rational

Making little to no use of logic, cognition, or reason.

Rational

Based in logical cognition and reason; calculating.