Mythos II: The Shaping of Our Mythic Tradition
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The Mythos DVD set is a series of lectures given just before Campbell's death. Mythos I is a good introduction to mythology, but Mythos II gets right to the heart of comparative religion.
Campbell's main point is that religious ideas are valuable as myth, but when they are turned into doctrines they are harmful. For example, when Christian fundamentalists deny Darwin and evolution because the bible says the Earth was created in 6 days, they are turning a myth into doctrine and in the process are denying the best scientific theory we have. As myth the creation story is valuable, but as doctrine it is a disaster.
In Mythos II Campbell examines Buddhism and Hinduism in depth and compares them with Judaism, Christianity, and other religions. This is a set, released last year in HD, that is worth watching many times.
Campbell's lecture was unscripted and "off the cuff", but years of oration shows in a compelling delivery. Susan's sounded liked she was reading a children's book to the viewer.
Perhaps the producers thought they needed to "dumb-down" the content while featuring some celebrity talent to help sell the video.
Nothing against Susan Sarandon, people! A lovely lady and a fine actress. But her inclusion in this video seemed awkward and unnecessary to me.
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