Reality Behind the Myths
by Jonas Atlas
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Pub Date 01 Aug 2023 | Archive Date 10 Jul 2023
John Hunt Publishing Ltd, IFF Books
Despite religion being a core theme of many contemporary debates, a solid and settled definition of the concept has not yet been reached. Nevertheless, it is regularly assumed that, because of their common characteristics, we are able to recognize religious phenomena when we see them. For example, it is often supposed that religion is primarily based on faith, that religion conflicts with science, and that the world would be a lot less violent without religions. Yet, no matter how widespread such assumptions might be, in the end, they turn out to be incorrect. What we think about religion does not correspond to what religion really is. Offering many concrete examples from different traditions, Religion: Reality Behind the Myths dispels the main misunderstandings, breaches the contemporary opposition between secular versus religious and presents a novel view on the essence of religion.
A Note From the Publisher
Jonas currently teaches classes on ethics, spirituality, and religion at the KDG University of Applied Sciences and Arts. He is also an independent researcher at the Radboud University, as a member of the Race, Religion, and Secularism network.
His previous books include "Re-visioning Sufism," which reveals the politics of mysticism behind the contemporary portrayal of Islamic spirituality, and "Halal Monk: a Christian on a journey through Islam," which gathered a series of interreligious dialogues with influential scholars, artists, and activists from the Islamic world. The latter won the 2015 Belgian Religious Book of the Year audience award.
Jonas is also the host of (both Dutch and English) podcast series on religion and contemporary spirituality.
You can find an overview of his English publications, listen to his podcasts and subscribe to his newsletter on www.jonasatlas.net
I’ve been wanting to see someone crystallize the myths about religion and show them for what they are. This is an important breakthrough and major clarification.
Rupert Sheldrake, best-selling author of The Science Delusion and Science and Spiritual Practices