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  •  Have you read "The Jesus Myth" (8+ / 0-)

    by Andrew Greeley (1971) by any chance?

    From his preface note:

    The word "myth" is used in the title of this volume in a specific and definite sense. A myth is a symbolic story which demonstrates, in Alan Watts' words, "the inner meaning of the universe and of human life." To say that Jesus is a myth is not to say that he is a legend but that his life and message are an attempt to demonstrate "the inner meaning of the universe and of human life." As Charles Long puts it, a myth points to the definite manner in which the world is available for man: "The word and content of myth are revelations of power." Or as A. K. Coomaraswamy observes, "Myth embodies the nearest approach to absolute truth that can be stated in words."

    Many Christians have objected to my use of this word even when I clearly define it specifically. They are terrified by a word which may have even a slight suggestion of fantasy. However, my usage is the one that is common among historians of religion, literary critics, and social scientists. It is a valuable and helpful usage; there is no other word which conveys what these scholarly traditions mean when they refer to myth. The Christian would be well advised to get over his fear of the word and appreciate how important a tool it can be for understanding the content of his faith.

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    by Satya1 on Fri Apr 22, 2011 at 09:55:29 PM PDT

    •  Thanks. Myth needs its reputation (4+ / 0-)

      rescued and this diary is doing a great job.  Myth doesn't=lie or fantasy or ignorance.  And you don't have to be a "religious"person to see how valuable a lens--one of many-- myth can be in trying to fathom cultures, old and new.

      "Why you sockdologizing ol' mantrap, you!"

      by ejoanna on Fri Apr 22, 2011 at 11:27:44 PM PDT

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