For those who found Zeitgeist part 1 on religion interesting, there's a recently created Mythicist Position, which provides a type of conclusion.
The Mythicist Position is very significant because after all these centuries there has never actually been a clear, succinct position for mythicists
who recognize religion as mythology. Members of the Zeitgeist movement aren't even aware that the new mythicist position even exists. So, please
inform them and let them decide for themselves if it resonates with them or not.
The Mythicist Position
"Mythicism represents the perspective that many gods, goddesses and other heroes and legendary figures said to possess extraordinary and/or
supernatural attributes are not "real people" but are in fact mythological characters. Along with this view comes the recognition that many of these
figures personify or symbolize natural phenomena, such as the sun, moon, stars, planets, constellations, etc., constituting what is called
"astromythology" or "astrotheology."
As a major example of the mythicist position, it is determined that various biblical characters such as Adam and Eve, Satan, Noah, Abraham, Moses,
Joshua, King David, Solomon and Jesus Christ, among other entities, in reality represent mythological figures along the same lines as the Egyptian,
Sumerian, Phoenician, Indian, Greek, Roman and other godmen, who are all presently accepted as myths, rather than historical figures.
The Value of Mythicism
"Mythicism has much to offer to those who find it difficult to believe in the gospel story as "history" but who wish to know the deeper meaning
behind the story. Indeed, the mythicist position importantly serves as a bridge between theism and atheism, as it does not seek to discount or
denigrate the long and exalted history of thought concerning religion and mythology, dating back many thousands of years, as manifested in the
religious and spiritual practices of man beginning millennia ago and continuing since then. The pinnacle of mythicist cultures-more specifically those
based on astrotheology-can be seen in the massive and mysterious civilization of Egypt, for example. Rather than being ignored and dismissed, such
wondrous creations should be explored and treasured as unique and glorious contributions to the overall human accomplishment."
"Again, mythicism allows us to step outside the theist-versus-atheist box and to value the vast human creation of religion and mythology, without
being either antagonistic toward it or believing it as dogma. Mythicism goes beyond the ceaseless theist-atheist debate, in fact, which is in the end
futile, since cases for both perspectives can be and have been made ad infinitum, under a variety of circumstances, and since experience shows us that
this discussion will never be resolved-except, indeed, in the mythicist position, which neither believes nor dismisses but which understands and
appreciates humanity's longstanding interest in religion and spirituality. The mythicist position does not necessarily accept religious traditions as
based in third-dimensional reality and history. Nevertheless, mythicism itself is rooted in reality and is an end product of freethought and
scientific endeavors as well as the recognition of profound human imagination and creativity. The mythicist position allows us to create greater
harmony by acknowledging and enjoying the similarities and differences in religious traditions founded upon valid evidence grounded in natural
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