Sunday, September 18, 2011

A Point of View

John Gray is writing/broadcasting some interesting stuff.

I don't quite agree with everything he has written here, particularly his final conclusion that it doesn't matter what you believe. I don't think he's recognised that there's a difference between 'belief that' (which he rightly wants to avoid as a fundamentalistic fallacy) and 'belief in', which is more open to his valuation of myth.

Unless there is some sort of 'belief' (i.e. some sort of semi-/conscious acceptance of a mythical framework to make sense of the world) than it seems to me it is impossible to do 'practice'. Belief enables action... Nevertheless, knocking Frazer's view of religion on the head is a sensible thing.

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