This rationalizing method of interpretation is known as Euhemerism.
The Government, however, judged otherwise; and after the first part of his book, On Religion within the Limits of Reason alone, had appeared in the Berlin Journal, the publication of the remainder, which treats in a more rationalizing style of the peculiarities of Christianity, was forbidden.
The emphatic theism of his creed, and the rationalizing mysticism of some Oriental thought, may have sometimes led him astray, and given prominence to the less obvious features of Aristotelianism.
He modified the legends, not with a view to rationalizing them, but rather to adjust them to popular beliefs.
It is under the banner of this protest against rationalizing idealism that Schopenhauer advances.