Of Mythology and Religion

When I set out to write a mythology inspired by the great myths, and especially that of Middle Earth, I wondered if readers would consider the story a religious story and not as an adventure. Some have suggested it is a “stealth” Christian story. In my 53 years of life I have come to the conclusion that people will believe whatever it is they want to believe. No matter what I write here, some will never read the book. We have grown into a society where absolutism’s rule, and where free and independent thought are frowned upon.

I came across an interesting article on Penn Jillette, who is an atheist, but reads the Bible. For him the Bible confirms his atheism and his comment at least shows his ability to keep an open mind. “I believe the fast track to atheism is reading the Bible. I’ve read it three times all the way through. It’s a big part of our culture, a big part of our history. I don’t just read things I agree with.”

Penn Jillette Article

All mythologies concern deities, laws for mortal living, and the end of times. Almost every mythology passes down some form of wisdom. My mythology revolves around free will and the consequences of choosing good over evil. Yes, in the ending of the story I deal with an afterlife, which obviously atheists do not believe in. But, I do not impose my beliefs in the story. I have been given no authority to judge anyone in this world. I am working towards self perfection. Yes, many thoughts in the story are derived from various forms of religion and philosophies. The premise comes from an account in Jewish history while under Roman occupation.

The first nine chapters of my mythology deal with the creation story. Yes, you will find some similarities to Christian stories. I had to start somewhere. There is no Christ figure, no savior figure, the fate of this mythology rests solely on the hands of the decisions of one character, a test. A Christian friend even told me it was not a Christian story and that it might offend some Christians. That is their free will to decide. It is a creative story, nothing more. Besides with giants, dragons and other demons, it falls more into line with classical greek and roman mythologies.

So all I ask of individuals who may be considering purchasing the story is to be like Penn Jillette. Keep an open mind to the possibility of a great and “fictional” story. For me, Penn would be one of my dinner guest at my last supper. I love to hear what others have to say about this thing called “life.” And if you like the trilogy “The Chosen One of Allivar”, there are fifteen more stories coming that will keep you guessing, booing, cheering, crying and thinking.

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