What is involved in the historical-critical study of scriptures?

There are 4 questions but you can choose 2 questions to answer but each question s answer should be one page. So you can choose 2 of them to answer.

1. Explain what a myth is, and describe some of the different ways that the function of myth has been explained.

2. Give two examples of scientific materialist explanations of religion. To what extent are such explanations useful in understanding religion? What aspects of religion might they miss?

3. What is involved in the historical-critical study of scriptures? How does this approach differ from an absolutist approach?

4. In trying to understand the negative side of organized religion, some people have argued that religious violence is carried out when people misuse or misinterpret their religion. Others, however, argue that the widespread nature of religious violence suggests that religion itself may be the problem. Which view do you find more convincing? Why?

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