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The True Myth: How Jesus Saved the World

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If it looks like Jesus has lost on Good Friday, just wait until Easter…


C.S.Lewis once had a life changing conversation with J.R.R.Tolkien in which Tolkien explained to him the importance of myths–humanity’s great stories. Lewis came to understand that the story of Jesus Christ worked just like all the other great stories except that it really happened.

So as Christians celebrate once again the events of Holy Week and Easter the story of Christ the hero emerges as the way to explain what we mean when we say that “Jesus Saves,” “Christ died to redeem us,” or “Jesus’ blood washes away our sin.” In this story the battles of the superheroes really happened.

In the end the church teaches that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is a mystery. Theological theories are not enough to explain the mystery. Instead a mystery is something that can be experienced even if it cannot be explained, and it is this amazing experience beyond the explanation that comprises true Christianity.

Fr Dwight Longenecker’s latest book is The Romance of Religion–Fighting for Goodness, Truth and Beauty. Visit his blog, browse his books and be in touch at

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