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More Than Allegory: On Religious Myth, Truth and Belief

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This book is a three-part journey into the rabbit hole we call the nature of reality. Its ultimate destination is a plausible, living validation of transcendence. Each of its three parts is like a turn of a spiral, exploring recurring ideas through the prisms of religious myth, truth and belief, respectively. With each turn, the book seeks to convey a more nuanced and comp ...more
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Published April 29th 2016 by Iff Books
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John
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have followed Bernardo from very early on and this book is an excellent synthesis of all of his previous works (They are all worthwhile reads! ).

The sections discussing Transcendent Myths are very prescient as are his views on the current Materialist bent of society at large.
Nour Elhuda Zuraiki
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Having read all of Bernardo’s books I can say this is the second most important book after ‘’Why Materialism Is Baloney’’ from a personal point of view.

In the first two chapters Kastrup berates the deprived materialists’ myths, he implies that reality is a ‘dream’ of a disembodied individuals, who are collapsed segments of mind-at-large that ‘wake up’-become lucid- inside the dream. In part three he introduces a modern religious myth, and each chapter in part three relates a part of its story o
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Niara Martins
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
It is a very interesting book and does speak to our modern language and thought structure. It explains things easily and clearly and is not a tortuous read like Hillman or Corbin. Kastrup has a vast in depth knowledge of what he is talking about and also has an understanding of what the other side would say or which questions a sceptic or someone on the fence might pose him. It is a great introductory book for people interested in myth, truth and belief - which leads to what I do not like in thi ...more
James
I just discovered Bernardo Kastrup, and this is the first book of his I've read. The argument, that everything exists in mind and not outside anywhere, is familiar to me. In fact, through my study of Blake, the Christian mystics and other traditions plus via my own exploration of things, I would absolutely affirm that this is the case. The strength of Kastrup is that he takes the argument back to the materialist academy and pushes the point on their academic terms. At this he is remarkably succe ...more
Jan
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating insight into the critical role of myth in the development of human consciousness, religions of the world and society. Interesting view on what happens when the myths become depleted........
Joseph Knecht
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Underneath all of our rational beliefs, there is always a belief that is irrational. Underneath all our myths of fables and religion, there is a truth that all myths point towards.

In the absence of past and future, we have do uncover the present. Only in the present, we can find the greatest gift. Only in the present, we can believe the myth and it can become the Truth.

I found the style, content, and context of this book very enjoyable to read.

Some excerpts I enjoyed:
-Meaning and emotion canno
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Julya
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was unsure of giving this book 3 or 4 stars. The first two parts, while written legibly and simply, still had me confused...As if the structure of some sentences was counter intuitive and I had to slow down. I ended up giving it four stars because I do think it's a book people should read- as people should read more books about the nature of myth and our place within reality. Note: I enjoy these topics and ideas and therefore very open to them.

I enjoyed the last part of the book because I had
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J. M.
This is simply the most important book I have read thus far.

Kastrup’s brave and compelling ideas are a beacon for those of us who are lost in a forest of conflicting beliefs, torn in two directions by intellect and intuition. He has even cut a trail for us, marked with reason, myth, and a small portion of transcendent poetry. He explains the rift between the reality we know and the one our soul craves; demonstrates the harmony of myth, truth, and belief; and reveals the paradox of life: to disce
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Eric
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the real deal. Not just intellectual gymnastics nor grandstanding philosophical concepts designed to illustrate a superb ego at large, while simultaneously disparaging others (i.e 'the god delusion' & 'why evolution is true'). It's written succinctly, yet detailed eloquently, keeping the layman (me) in mind. The content is rich and alluring, all the more so because of its inherent resonance to those of us truly open and curious about 'truth.' The logical rigor so evidently laid out only ...more
Michael Klein
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I will read anything by Kastrup. This is my second favorite of his works, after "Meaning in Absurdity." Kastrup gathers momentum with his anti-materialist pose and deep philosophy rooted in idealism. I was attracted to this book because of the forward by Jeffrey Kripal, as well as the references to Patrick Harpur's work in the opening chapters, (both of whom I will read also anything by). ...more
Ingmar
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A valuable insight in myths, truth and belief. Eventually it builds up into a concept for our lives. It is self explainitory. Bernardo gave us a way to see our lives to a new and better metaphore. I sincerly think this will one day lead to a better me. One who has some insights into God and the meaning of our lives.
William A Black
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paradigm Shift

Bernardo has put words in my mouth that my tongue long sought to express. I examine my beliefs and my mind in a new light that is both challenging and refreshing. I wait now for science, as it did with Einstein's thought experiments, to further confirm and validate this view.
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Reading Funk
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
In this book the author argues that the universe is one big system of conciousness. Although he made some good point , I wasn't convinced. That being said , I don't necessarily think hes wrong. I'm going to continue reading on the subject. ...more
Calvin
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just discovered Bernardo Kastrup 2 days ago. Already bought two of his books. This is the first I've read. He's the guy I've been looking for. He's Joseph Campbell for quantum physicists. Philosophy, mythology, neuroscience, physics, AI, stir and cook. Yummy. ...more
Aubrey McCarter
Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it
The end is like realizing something both unfortunate and fortunate at the same time
Caleb Madrigal
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Red pill.
Mr.Tim York
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mind blowing

Must read, although the content is difficult to fully comprehend it is exquisitely clear and well written. Truly enlightening work
Brian
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mind bending and mind blowing

I first heard Bernardo Kastrup being interviewed on a Podcast. He was discussing the nature of reality in a way like I had never heard it put. He was actually resurrecting religious myths and telling us that the ancient myths reveal deep eternal truths. This is something I had sensed so I had to get the book.

I had no deep how deep the rabbit hole went though. Much more than just a book on religious myths, this book tackles the notions of time and space as illusions,
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David
Interesting philosophical journey in the first two parts of the book, but descends into a Huxley-like-quest in the last.

Many of the ideas the average reader will find in the work of the American mythographer Joseph Campbell.

Not a bad read, but a little longer than it needed to be and ideas that are relevant but not terribly engaging.

Kastrup's style needs a little punching up as well.

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
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Bernardo Kastrup's work has been leading the modern renaissance of metaphysical idealism, the notion that reality is essentially mental. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy (ontology, philosophy of mind) and another Ph.D. in computer engineering (reconfigurable computing, artificial intelligence). As a scientist, Bernardo has worked for the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the Philip ...more

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