A reader asks:

You have posted a few times about the relationship between ancient mythology and folklore and Christianity, mainly along the lines of what C.S. Lewis wrote on the topic. I was wondering if you know of any books that talk about mythology and legends from a Christian standpoint? There are a few books by Christians that retell the stories of mythology, but there is little in them about the relationship of the two except for a few notes of similarity and dissimilarity. Joseph Campbell and his like have never impressed me much, but I have not been able to find much more than the occasional essay by Lewis or Tolkien on the fulfillment and meaning of mythology from a Christian perspective. Any books you could point me to?

Best book I know on this: The Everlasting Man, by G.K. Chesterton. Read it. You will get an excellent education in the real history of the human race. Chesterton traces, better than anybody I know, the “inscape” of the human story.

“Paganism was the biggest thing in the world. Christianity was bigger. And everything since then has been comparatively small.”


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