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Shawn Through his portrayal of religious evolution, Cahill relates how certain things once considered factual may ultimately be categorized as myth (for example, the Roman and Irish paganism that proceeded Christianity). As a result, what some ancient historians may have written under the belief that it was factual, might indeed turn our to be myth, hearsay, or both. Thus, we have to carefully scrutinize history and consider the perspective and conditions under which the author wrote. Perhaps a better way to phrase this is that humanity advances slowly toward the truth, which means history must be something less.