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Myth, Imagination, Fairy Tales, and Fantasy. And Faith.

The line between legend and history can sometimes be thin. Legends often draw on deep and rich storytelling that weaves together fantasies, myths, fairy tales, and a wee bit of history. We may like to think history is more scientific, but historical accounts are often entangled with personal perspectives and interpretive memories. Religion and mythology are sister studies, evoking vision and fantasy with powerful consequences. How do they work together? To what end?


Religion and Myth

Myth and Religion Seek to Illumine the Same Reality

Myth and Religion Seek to Illumine the Same Reality

Robert Atkinson

Myth and religion tell the same story of seeking the unknown from different perspectives at different times.

Gorged on Information, Starving for Wisdom

Gorged on Information, Starving for Wisdom

John Beckett

If you think the purpose of myth is to lead us to facts, you've missed the point.

Recovering Reality: From Fantasy to Faith

Recovering Reality: From Fantasy to Faith

Suzanne Bray

In an imaginary world, we can be taken away from the familiar things of this world and see them from another angle, sometimes perceiving them as they really are for the first time.

Expanding the Tribe: The Power of Stories that Subvert Our Own Ideas of Reality

Expanding the Tribe: The Power of Stories that Subvert Our Own Ideas of Reality

Micah Bucey

The stories we tell ourselves can draw our own tribes closer together. They can also further distance us from those who tell themselves different stories.

Aligning Belief in the Mythic Power of Nature with Religious Faith

Aligning Belief in the Mythic Power of Nature with Religious Faith

Crystal Downing

Religion and myth become one as worshippers imaginatively respond to a Creator manifest in nature.

When Myth Became Fact and Men Became Mythmakers

When Myth Became Fact and Men Became Mythmakers

David C. Downing

Both C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien were engaged in mythopoesis, "myth making," finding new stories in which to embody spiritual intuitions that seem to go as far back as humanity itself.

Fantasy and Myth: Undeceiving Us

Fantasy and Myth: Undeceiving Us

Colin Duriez

Stories are subversive; they tiptoe past (in C. S. Lewis's words) the "watchful dragons" that would keep us in the dark and staleness of prison.

Factual Myth, the Legend of Faith

Factual Myth, the Legend of Faith

Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson

Without myth, there simply is no Christian faith.

Myth and Fairy Tales: Deeper Visions, Alternate Paths

Myth and Fairy Tales: Deeper Visions, Alternate Paths

Joseph Leake

Fantasy challenges many all-encompassing claims of the modern, industrialized, and secularized world.

Imagination Is the Bridge Between the Material and Spiritual Worlds

Imagination Is the Bridge Between the Material and Spiritual Worlds

Rahim Snow

In religious traditions around the world, what is real is actually a many-layered cake and the world of imagination is one of those layers.

Shaped by a Tangle of Stories

Shaped by a Tangle of Stories

Edwin Tait

Stories are true insofar as they imitate the story that tells us.

Mary Sue the Barbarian: Mining Our Inner Evil

Mary Sue the Barbarian: Mining Our Inner Evil

Lars Walker

The Christian writer ought to enjoy a distinct advantage. We have no excuse for being as bad in our depictions of evil as we generally are.

C. S. Lewis on Christianity as the True Myth

C. S. Lewis on Christianity as the True Myth

Michael Ward

Paganism contained a good deal of meaningful stuff that pointed to and was realised in the historical story of Christ.

Commentary From Our Blogging Community

H. P. Lovecraft, Evangelist of the Sublime

H. P. Lovecraft, Evangelist of the Sublime

C. R. Wiley

Most people know that Grimm’s Fairy Tales are not the watered-down stuff Walt Disney gave us. They’re much darker, far grimmer. Two questions arise in my mind at the thought: first, what purpose did the real stories serve? (they were passed down for generations, and I’ve heard tell their roots go down so deep they’re [Read More...]

The Bible is Not A Myth: God’s Patience with a Tone Deaf People

The Bible is Not A Myth: God’s Patience with a Tone Deaf People

Suzanne Ross

I don’t know where God gets the patience. We are absolutely the most difficult people to communicate with! As the Letter to the Hebrews begins, “Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets.” Many and various ways – thank you, God for trying everything you could think of [Read More...]