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Mother Earth Magazines -May-August 1910 - Religion based on Myths.

Mother Earth Magazines -May-August 1910 - Religion based on Myths.

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Myths in all religions included the Jewish, Christian and the Islamic religions, describe the character and behaviour of the One God as in the Abrahamic Faiths and the many Gods or Deities in Hinduism and even Buddhism. As we see in religions as well as in occultism, rituals seek to curry divine favour. Rituals may presuppose myths, which would suggest what activities would most please the god or gods, but they are otherwise independent of myths.
Myths in all religions included the Jewish, Christian and the Islamic religions, describe the character and behaviour of the One God as in the Abrahamic Faiths and the many Gods or Deities in Hinduism and even Buddhism. As we see in religions as well as in occultism, rituals seek to curry divine favour. Rituals may presuppose myths, which would suggest what activities would most please the god or gods, but they are otherwise independent of myths.

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Published by: Philippe L. De Coster on May 08, 2014
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In Memory of Alexander Berkman, Emma Goldman, and Voltairine de Cleyre
Mother Earth Magazines
Volume V
 – 
 May 1910
 – 
 No.3 And Volume V
 – 
 August 1910
 – 
 No. 6
Religion based on Myth
By Philippe L. De Coster, B.Th., D.D.
 
© May 2014, Skull Press Ebook Publications, Ghent, Belgium
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 Public Domain and Non Commercial
 
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Religion based on Myth
By Philippe L. De Coster, B.Th.,D.D. 
The study of the above subject on religion and myth has been a life-long investigation and experience of mine, where I was myself a victim rather than an observer. Among the many theories of myth and of ritual or liturgy, the myth and ritual is distinctive in connecting myths to rituals. The myth and ritual, or myth-ritualist, theory maintains that myths and rituals operate together. The theory claims not that myths and rituals happen to go hand in hand but that they should. In its uncompromising form, the theory contends that myths and rituals cannot exist without each other. In a softer form, the theory asserts that myths and rituals originally exist together but may subsequently go their separate ways. In its mildest form, the theory maintains that myths and rituals can arise apart, but subsequently coalesce. Myths in all religions included the Jewish, Christian and the Islamic religions, describe the character and behaviour of the One God as in the Abrahamic Faiths and the many Gods or Deities in Hinduism and even Buddhism. As we see in religions as well as in occultism, rituals seek to curry divine favour. Rituals may  presuppose myths, which would suggest what activities would most please the god or gods, but they are otherwise independent of myths. The combination of myth and ritual is the combination of religion and magic:
“Thus the old magical theory of the seasons was displ
aced, or rather supplemented, by a religious theory.
 In a ritual a human being plays the role of the god and acts out what he magically causes the god to do. You know how large a part of the teaching of the New Testament and of all the Christian theology turns on the ideas of sacrifice and priesthood. As such the actor,  bishop, priest or pastor represents and acts as God or Christ and brought forward as such in Dogmas, for instance the teaching of the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass, nowadays formulated as the Holy Eucharist. Judaism, Christianity and Islam are counted as being positive religions, that is, they did not grow up like the systems of ancient heathenism, under the action of
 
3 unconscious forces operating silently from age to age, but trace their origin to the great religious and governmental renovators of the time, who spoke as the organs of a divine revelation as Moses did with the tablet of the ten commandments, and later the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible. The Pentateuch is ascribed to Moses, but in fact there were many writers, also Moses could not have written his own death and burial. Behind the so-called positive religions lies the old unconscious religious tradition, the body of religious usage and belief which cannot be to the influence of individual minds, and was not propagated on individual authority, but formed  part of that inheritance from the past into which successive generations of the Semitic race grew up as it were instinctively, taking it as a matter of course that they should believe which cannot be traced to the influence of individual minds, and was not propagated on individual authority, but formed part of that inheritance from the past into which successive generations of the Semitic race grew up as it were instinctively, taking it as a matter of course that they should  believe and act as their fathers had done before them. The positive Semitic religions had to establish themselves on ground already occupied by these older beliefs and usages; they had to displace what they could not assimilate, and whether they rejected or absorbed the elements of the older religion, they had at every point to reckon with them and take up a definite attitude towards them. In the New Testament, the four Evangelists, the apostle Paul and Peter, Jude and the mystical John of the book of Revelation had to consider the writings of the Old Testament to formulate their teachings which  became later dogmas. As such, no positive religion that has moved men until lately has been able to start with
a “tabula rasa”, and express itself as if religion were beginning for the
first time; in form, if not in substance, the new system must be in contact all along the line with the older ideas and practices which it finds in possession. A new scheme of faith or religion can find a hearing only by appealing to religious instincts and susceptibilities that already exist in its audience, and it cannot reach these without taking account of the traditional forms in which all religious feelings is embodied, and without speaking a language which men accustomed to these old forms can understand as Latin in Roman Catholicism, and Arab in the Islam. We did have above on the teaching of the New Testament, 27 books chosen by Saint Irenaeus in the third century, during the reign of Emperor Constantine. There were more scrolls not accepted by the Church Father and burned, but rediscovered in 1945 at the Dead Sea in Egypt by a peasant. Not all the manuscripts were burned.

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