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1. When did Campbell start talking about his ideas of myth being a lie?

Campbell first introduced his ideas of myth being a lie during an interview he did with a radio host.

2. How did Campbell say people in the world viewed metaphor?

Campbell said that half of the people in the world contended that the metaphors in their religious tradition were facts and the other half contended they were lies. This, in his opinion, separated believers from atheists.

3. What did Campbell say was the first function of metaphor?

Campbell said that the first function of metaphor was a religious or mystical function. Individuals' consciousness was aligned to the mystery of the universe. Zoroastrianism and the Bible both depicted a good world that fell.

4. What did Campbell say was the second function of metaphor?

Campbell said that the second function of metaphor was an interpretive function. Through mathematics, people perceived the mystery of time and space and reduced the gods to agents.

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