Catholicism and the Power of Myth

Posted December 22, 2018 10:05 am by Dwight Longenecker

Catholicism and the Power of Myth

At Christmas there is invariably the usual talk about the gospels being myth. As C.S.Lewis (who as a literary critic understood myth) observed, those who say the gospels are myth have probably not read either very many myths or the gospels.
One person who did understand myth was Joseph Campbell. I’m fascinated with Campbell–who was brought up as a Catholic but left the faith. By the way, I met a fellow who gave good anecdotal witness that Campbell was reconciled with the church on his deathbed. I’m intrigued by Campbell for several reasons. First, because of his encyclopedic knowledge of world religions, myth and

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