whoa see no that’s not okay
It’s NOT COOL TO CALL PEOPLE’S RELIGIOUS TEXTS FICTION like if they believe in that stuff let em believe in it
you don’t have to but DON’T CALL IT FICTION PLS
I DONT LIKE THIS AT ALL
oh wow hahaha are they even serious
well that’s an incredibly jerkish move
Not how you win hearts and minds, guys.
hey if they call greek mythos fiction im allowed to call christian mythos fiction as well. its only fair.
Also just because something is fictional doesn’t mean there aren’t life lessons and words to live by. Religious text being fictional will vary depending on what you believe and who you ask but I don’t really think it’s necessarily rude to call it fictional.
Unless of course you’re in someone’s face telling them their faith is a lie because that’s just plain rude.
Besides, fiction or not religion is a very important part of people’s lives. (also if you’re strong in your faith, someone referring to it as fictional shouldn’t bother you)
The thing is that I’d hesitate to call greek mythology fictional, let alone the religious texts of more widely practiced contemporary religions* - at least in the sense that these people clearly mean “fictional” - and not because I hold any belief in the literal truth of that pantheon or those stories. “Myth” and “Fiction” have some overlap, but they’re not synonymous. And while there are aspects of most relgious texts that fulfill the same role as a novel - storytelling is an important tool, and if you have not read the Book of Esther you are missing out on a great story - but would you necessarily describe a self-help book as “fiction”? A code of law? A song book? A collection of primary sources on life as a religious minority in the middle east in the first century AD? The Christian Bible contains all of these.
I’m not as familiar with the holy texts of other religions, but I would hazard to guess that the same applies in most other cases. The sum of All Human Knowledge And Culture isn’t divided neatly into “hard scientific inquiry” and “fake pretendytime stories,” and pretending that it is mostly just makes a person look like a petulant child.
*And I have met pagans who believe in and worship one or more of the classical Greek gods, so let’s be careful with the assumption that “dead” religions are safe targets.