Are some sources considered less worthy as inspiration for a spiritual path? Are only historical (nonfictional) sources valid for study in a religious framework? Some might argue that all religions are essentially founded on fictions. Myths, in many cases, are merely stories that were invented to try and explain things in the natural world, or in some cases were likely just entertainment. From these seeds grew whole systems of belief, some which have lasted thousands of years. It is also quite common for the foundational story taught by religious leaders to turn out to be a rather loose interpretation of the historical facts, and in many cases involves outright untruths. Are religious paths considered invalid if their foundation stories are exposed as fictional? This question extends of course to all religions, but is most often brought up in the case of minority religions, especially modern Pagan religions. Is there a real distinction that makes one source of inspiration bad and another good when it comes to a spiritual path?