Northrop Frye - Apocalypse as Difference Between Superstition and Religion
I forgot to link this video here in the blog.
Many people smear superstition and religion together as though they are the same thing. They might say, "Religion is just superstition!"
Religious people don't seem to like being called just superstitious. Non-religious people seem to see religion as just magical thinking.
So, what's the difference then? What if there was a way to look at the words as if they pointed to different things? Maybe it would help non-religious people understand what people get from religion. And maybe it would help religious people to know when they have fallen into the traps of superstition.
Northrop Frye was a teacher that believed the difference between superstition and religion was this idea of an apocalypse - those moments when everything changes, and you must be ready to change or suffer from being left behind.
Have you ever had a moment in your own life when you had to change your mind?