[Marxism] Materialist History of Abraham Religions?
acpollack2 at gmail.com
Sun Aug 14 14:26:20 MDT 2011
I would definitely want to know more (I know nothing) about Campbell.
Someone with an informed opinion of James Frazier and Robert Graves
should chime in.
Joe is right about C.S. Lewis. Even aside from his use of various
pagan mythological characters in the Narnia Chronicles, see the
footnote on page 18 of "Miracles," where he says:
Myth "at its best" is "a real though unfocused gleam of divine truth
falling on human imagination." He talks much more about "Hebrew" folk
tales as anticipations -- constructed purposively by "God" -- of the
Christian "myths" which, as Joe says, Lewis thought were also true.
The Greek myths were fine as "unfocused gleams," but just didn't
happen to be the ones that God chose to instruct his followers.
On Sun, Aug 14, 2011 at 3:22 PM, Joseph Catron <jncatron at gmail.com> wrote:
> Are you perhaps thinking of Justin Martyr (
> http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/0126.htm), or perhaps someone else inspired
> by him? Lewis' perspective on the question, as far as I know, was that "the
> story of Christ is simply a true myth; a myth working on us in the same way
> as the others, but with this tremendous difference, that it really happened,
> and one must be content to accept it in the same way, remembering that it is
> God's Myth where the others are men's myths." And for a fellow who made all
> sorts of myths his bread and butter, Lewis could hardly have held such a dim
> view of any of them.
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