Chapter

Weather Reports?

J. David Pleins

in When the Great Abyss Opened

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780199733637
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199852505 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199733637.003.0006
Weather Reports?

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When asked about what myths are, the first definition that would usually come to mind is that myths are stories that are aimed at explaining certain natural phenomena with a very unscientific point of view. T. H. Huxley, an enthusiastic advocate of Darwinism, boldly took on the views of various religionists. Huxley's stern perspective was grounded on the following reasons: Huxley relied greatly on geology and evolutionary theory; Huxley categorized literature into those that are perfectly true, those that may be partially true, and those without any truth at all, and that he would only refer to the Bible for moral guidance; Huxley compared such stories with Near Eastern texts; and Huxley casted doubt on the Bible's authorship. While these views are presented, the chapter also looks into a study of the text's rhetoric that point out stylistic clues that may aid in understanding a different perspective of such stories.

Keywords: T. H. Huxley; myth; Darwinism; natural phenomena; geology; evolution; authorship; stylistic clues; rhetoric

Chapter.  10249 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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