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The Wisdom of Joseph Campbell

May 24th, 2014

“Half the people in the world think that the metaphors of their religious traditions, for example, are facts. And the other half contends that they are not facts at all. As a result we have people who consider themselves believers because they accept metaphors as facts, and we have others who classify themselves as atheists because they think religious metaphors are lies.”
Joseph Campbell, Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor

3 Responses to “The Wisdom of Joseph Campbell”

  1. yes, beautifully put! Here’s to the metaphors…: ) (& those who call themselves ‘agnostics’ for whatever reason are, perhaps, somewhere in between…)

  2. Or as someone else put it : ‘we have grown out of believing in the gods; now must grow out of disbelieving in them.’

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