Myths by the Holy Ghost? and others

Liz Fried lizfried at
Mon Feb 19 22:02:24 EST 2001

Yes, the story of Adam & Eve is a myth, I agree.
But why childish?
Our myths are crucial. I'm reading an excellent book by
William Doty, called Mythography: The Study of Myths and Rituals.
He argues that when people let loose their myths, as in the modern age
(not post-modern, probably), they lose their place in the universe and
become alienated from it, and disoriented. Our myths tell us who we
are, why we are; they explain to us our place in the world, and our
relationship to whatever gods may be.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Stephen C. Carlson [mailto:scarlson at]
> Sent: Monday, February 19, 2001 9:55 PM
> To: Biblical Hebrew
> Subject: Re: Written by the Holy Ghost? and others
> At 09:22 AM 2/20/01 +1300, Bill Rea wrote:
> >Samuel quoted:-
> >>I think the great Catholic modernist and historian, Alfred
> Loisy is right -
> >>
> >> L'idée de Dieu auteur de livre est plus contradictoire, plus absurde en
> >>elle-même, que celle de l'homme-crapaud ou de la femme-serpent. C'est un
> >>mythe enfantin, aussi enfantin que la fabrication du premier
> homme avec de l
> >>'argile, et celle de la première femme avec une côte d'Adam. - Loisy,
> >>Mémoires, vol. 1 page 306
> >
> >All right, I'll bite. What's this in English?
> "The idea of God an author of books is more contradictory, more
> absurd in itself than that of the man-toad or the woman-snake.
> It is a childish myth, as childish as the creation of the first
> man with clay and the first woman with Adam's rib."
> --
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