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					The Greatest Myth
What is a myth?
 Myths are stories that a particular culture
 believes to be true. Myths may use the
 supernatural to interpret natural events,
 explain the nature of the universe, and
 humanity.
What is a myth?                Continued
   Myths are universal, occurring in almost all
    cultures.
   They typically date from a time before any
    written language.
   They were passed orally from one generation to
    the next.
   Myths deal with basic questions about the nature
    of the world and human experience.
Examples of Christian Myths (To
non-believers of course…)

   Sin
   Demons and Angels
   The Story of Creation
   The Virgin Birth
   Jesus’ miracles
   Moses parting the red sea
Examples of Christian Myths (To
non-believers of course…)        Continued

   “God helps those who help themselves.”
What about legends, and fairy
tales (Folklore)?
 Even though a myth can include
 them, they are not the same thing.

 A legend is a fictional story
 associated with a historical person
 or place. An Example of a legend
 would be the story of young
 George Washington and the
 cherry tree.
      What about legends and fairy
      tales(folklore)?   Continued
   Fairy tales are stories for
    children about fairies or
    other imaginary beings and
    events, often containing a
    moral message
   Fairy tales are a third variety
    of traditional tales. They are
    usually simple narratives of
    an adventure built around
    elements of a character and
    plot. An example would be
    Cinderella. 
Why is myth important to
C.S.Lewis? Quotes taken from “Myth Became Fact”
      “To be truly Christian we
       must both assent to the
       historical fact and also
       receive the myth with the
       same imaginative embrace
       which we accord to all
       myths.”
      “If God choose to be
       mythopoeic– shall we refuse
       to be mythopathic?”
Resources
   http://www.biblegateway.com
   http://encarta.msn.com/artcenter_/browse.h
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   “Myth Became Fact” by C.S.Lewis

				
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