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“We want a God without wrath who took man without sin into a kingdom without justice through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross.” (H. Richard Niebuhr, The Kingdom of God in America)
Truth, Myth or Both?
by Berit Kjos - December 2001
Rejects any ties of the church with myth
“Yet the odd thing is that even those who seem most embarrassed by the sediment of ‘barbaric’ Christianity in their thought become suddenly obstinate when you ask them to rid of it altogether. They will strain the cord almost to breaking point , but they refuse to cut it.”
“It is what Corineus calls the myth that abides; it is what he calls modern and living thought that moves away…Where are the predecessors of Corineus?...where are the Gnostics, …the design of Voltaire, the dogmatic materialism of the great Victorians? They have moved with the times. But the thing they were all attacking remains…”
“The degree to which the fall has affected human understanding is unknown to man; hence man is unable to maintain any real sense of objectivity about his understanding of the world. For Lewis, God could only communicate to men by myth, that is stories with clouded meanings due to the terrible consequences of man’s fall.”
“This is our dilemma—either to taste and not know or to know and not to taste.”
“In the enjoyment of a myth we come nearest to experienceing as a concrete what can otherwise be understood only as an abstraction.”
Orpheus and Erurydice example
“We must not be nervous about ‘parallels’and ‘Pagan Christs’…if God chooses to be mythopoetic—and is not the sky itself a myth—shall we refuse to be mythopathic? For this is the marriage of heaven and earth: Perfect myth and Perfect Fact: claiming not only our love an obedience, but …wonder and delight…”