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Myth and religion

Robert A. Segal

in Myth: A Very Short Introduction

Second edition

Published in print July 2015 | ISBN: 9780198724704
Published online July 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191792328 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780198724704.003.0004

Series: Very Short Introductions

Myth and religion

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‘Myth and religion’ explores how twentieth-century theories from religious studies have sought to reconcile myth with science by reconciling religion with science. One tactic has been to re-characterize the subject matter of religion and therefore of myth. Another has been to elevate seemingly secular phenomena to religious ones. As part of this elevation, myth is no longer confined to explicitly religious ancient tales. Plays, books, and films are like myths because they reveal the existence of another, often earlier world alongside the everyday one—a world of extraordinary figures and events akin to those found in traditional myths.

Keywords: Rudolf Bultmann; Albert Camus; Martin Heidegger; myth; religion; George Washington

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Subjects: Social Psychology ; Mythology and Folklore ; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies ; Social and Cultural History ; Social and Cultural Anthropology

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