When people ask me to name a book that influenced my life, this is the first one to come to mind. Campbell has a wealth of knowledge about the religious beliefs and customs of the world - indeed, he was the authority on such topics for decades - and his discussions in this book with Bill Moyers are profound and moving. His ability to contextualize beliefs around the world brings great depth to their discussions, and Campbell is just as likely to reference major religions like Judaism as he is to reference the spiritual practices of African or Islander tribes. For anyone going on a spiritual exploration, this book is a must-read (and the audio recordings are also a great way to read the book.)
This book contains bits and pieces they couldn't include in the PBS special. Very engaging material, and on a personal level I must say that this book combined with the video absolutely changed my life and gave me much needed spiritual guidance. I think this book is so important for anyone undergoing a spiritual crisis.
This book is a must read for any curious mind. Campbell finds and elaborates on the common threads in all the stories, religions and daily human struggles we face.
Campbell, while having an outstanding top level view of everything, has a flaw in that he lacks a deeper understanding of practical faith in any of the one stories he talks about.
He is so certain in his (lets be honest) "loose" connections that he forgets a large majority of the world are changed by the fact there is literal life changing belief in the stories he merely talks about as human invention.
While I appreciate his open mindedness on the greater picture, he is ignorant to the fact some of these stories might actually be true! Walking through life thinking all literature is a myth is not actually open minded at all, it's simply dogmatism in a new form.
Unless Campbell is God himself, how could he know the truth about everything like he claims too?
I have fact checked a few stories and things he talked about in the book, and he is not accurate. I am not sure why this is? But some of his major arguments are based on wrong facts.
A curious book, this. I picked it up in an off-hand fashion having vaguely heard it would be interesting. Glad to find out that it was immensely mind-blowing. A much needed breath of fresh air in our currently overheated Science Vs Religion climate, this book does a great service in not only explaing the differences (or lack thereoff) between myths, but it also does a stumper of a job on exploring the core of mythology. I was raised as a Christian, am now an atheist, and frankly speaking never heard such clear-headed thinking on beliefs from either sides of the aisle ever. No matter your religious slant, this book is utterly essential. Read the right way it will strengthen your own faith in leaps and bounds.
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