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How do we differentiate between religion and fiction?

For me, the difference is intent of the work, not the opinions of the self-professed believers. Consider the difference between the Christian Bible and A New Hope. Regardless of your personal ...
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Answer deleted for providing a Norse mythology example

This answer was flagged with a link to our policy on answers that cite religious works. According to that policy, an answer which states or strongly implies that a religious work is fiction should be ...
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Can I ask about mythology?

It depends on the nature of your question. Based on these conversations, Should we exclude religious texts, and which? Why was this question about the Old Testament closed as off-topic? the ...
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Why are so few people from SFF following Mythology.SE proposal on Area 51 and how can we address that?

I can't see that the overlap would be of necessity strong. Of our top tags (story-ID, harry-potter, star-wars, lord-of-the-rings, star-trek, movie, and doctor-who), none fall clearly into mythology. ...
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Should myths be considered religions?

My opinion, which I've stated before on related questions, is that trying to classify "mythology" as fantasy or religion is the wrong question. What we're really after is knowing if mythology ...
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Can I ask about mythology?

To ask or answer a good question on SF/F, there need to be sources. What is your source? If the source is clearly and deliberately fiction, then it is on-topic. If the source is religious and not ...
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Answer deleted for providing a Norse mythology example

I made the initial comment and raised the flag. I was a bit conflicted on doing so, since you had not specifically mentioned any religious text, but you also had not listed a distinctly fictional work ...
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How do we differentiate between religion and fiction?

It's difficult to identify the original purpose and it actually changes I'll try to make the argument for the frail limits between mythology, fiction and religion, and the need to use common sense ...
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How do we differentiate between religion and fiction?

Let's get the elephant in the room statement out of the way. It is possible for people to draw enough faith from believing in a fictional story to form a religion out of it. That clear enough? Our ...
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Answer deleted for providing a Norse mythology example

The problem with the question on meta being cited by Null as defining our policy, is that the answer that has been accepted seems controversial, with a score of 3 by way of 26 up and 23 down votes, ...
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Should myths be considered religions?

I believe you're asking the wrong question for what you mean. Myths and mythology are broader terms than just stories from old, largely historic religions. There are plenty of contemporary myths that ...
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