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50 Great Myths About Religions

Paperback / softback by John Morreall, Tamara Sonn

50 Great Myths about Religions is an intriguing, informative, and often humorous introduction to some of the long standing myths that surround religious belief. This engaging book will get its readers thinking about how and why certain myths have arisen, and their continuing influence on our personal and collective view of religion.

Offers a lively, informative, and thought-provoking  introduction to some of the common misbeliefs surrounding religions

  • Discusses myths about religious belief in general, as well as specific ideas that surround Judaism, Christianity, Islam, atheism, and agnosticism
  • Covers a wide range of myths, from ancient legends such as the Bible forbidding pork being eaten because it causes illness, to modern urban fables, such as Barack Obama being a Muslim
  • Unpacks each myth in turn, explaining why it arose, how it spread, and why the beliefs that stem from it are questionable
  • Includes a fascinating discussion about human nature, and the main characteristics that predispose us to create and circulate myths to begin with
  • Underpinned by a wide knowledge of academic research, it is written by two respected religion scholars and experienced authors
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Format: Paperback / softback, 256 pages Language: English
Dimension: 153 x 13 x 231mm ISBN10: 0470673508
Weight: 336g ISBN13: 9780470673508
Publication Date: 16 Apr 2014 Publisher: Wiley

ABOUT AUTHOR

John Morreall is Professor of Religious Studies at the College of William & Mary, Virginia. His publications include Comedy, Tragedy, and Religion (1999, winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Book in 2000), Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), and The Religion Toolkit: A Complete Guide to Studying Religion (with Tamara Sonn, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011).

Tamara Sonn is the William R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Department of Religious Studies at the College of William and Mary. Her books include Interpreting Islam: Bandali Jawzi's Islamic Intellectual History(1996), Islam: A Brief History (2nd edition, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), and The Religion Toolkit: A Complete Guide to Studying Religion (with John Morreall, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011). She is currently an editor of Oxford Islamic Studies Online and co-editor-in-chief of Wiley-Blackwell's Religion Compass.

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