Reza Aslan

Still, we must never forget that as indispensable and historically valuable as the Quran and the traditions of the Prophet may be, they are nevertheless grounded in mythology. It is a shame that this word, myth, which originally signified nothing more than stories of the supernatural, has come to be regarded as synonymous with falsehood, when in fact myths are always true.

By their very nature, myths inhere both legitimacy and credibility. Whatever truths they convey have little to do with historic fact. To ask whether Moses parted the Red Sea, or whether Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, or whether the word of God indeed poured through the lips of Muhammad pbuh, is to ask totally irrelevant questions. The only question that matters with regard to religion and its mythology is “What do these stories mean?”

-No God but God

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