The Wisdom of Joseph Campbell–Religious Metaphor


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”…

“All of our religious ideas are metaphorical of a mystery. It is vital to recall that if you mistake the denotation of the metaphor from its connotation, you completely lose the message that is contained in the symbol.”

~Joseph Campbell

Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor



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