The Golden Bough (1890) by James G. Frazer & the Ever-growing Quest for the Understanding of Myth, Religion and Science

“Small minds cannot grasp great ideas,” explains Frazer, “to their narrow comprehension, their purblind vision, nothing seems really great and important but themselves. Such minds hardly rise into religion at all” (p 70)…

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The Satanic Verses (1988) by Salman Rushdie & the 3 Million Dollar Fatwā, Padma, & the 12 Prostitutes of the holy Prophet

“So there I was, actually writing the Book, or rewriting, anyway, polluting the word of God with my own profane language. But, good heavens, if my poor words could not be distinguished from the Revelation by God’s own Messenger, then what did that mean? What did that say about the quality of the divine poetry? Look, I swear, I was shaken to my soul…”

“So I went on with my devilment, changing verses, until one day I read my lines to him and saw him frown and shake his head as if to clear his mind, and then nod his approval slowly, but with a little doubt” (p 367-68).

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