The Importance of the Underworld

By |2019-05-04T16:07:44-05:00May 4th, 2019|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Heroism, Myth, Senior Contributors|

The mythic theme of descent to the underworld is virtually universal. The hero journeys to the underworld to confront the monster, then returns with the prize. That the hero must go down into the depths to battle the dark forces seems written into the very fabric of human psychology. During a vacation to Belize [...]

C.S. Lewis and the Truth of Balder

By |2019-03-22T14:11:46-05:00March 22nd, 2019|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Myth, Religion, Senior Contributors, Truth|

C.S. Lewis’ famous conversation with Hugo Dyson and J.R.R. Tolkien, allowed him, for the first time in his life, to see that Christianity expresses not just myth, but true myth, something profoundly real, “a myth working on us in the same way as the others, but with this tremendous difference that it really happened.” [...]

The Classics and Christianity

By |2019-01-11T15:44:57-05:00January 11th, 2019|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Civilization, Classical Education, Classics, Culture, Great Books, Homer, Liberal Learning, Literature, Myth, Paul Krause, Senior Contributors, St. Augustine, Virgil, Western Civilization, Western Tradition, Worldview|

Christians invented the classical curriculum; it is as much part of the broader Western inheritance as it is specifically part of the Christian inheritance… Why study old books? How do dusty old books written by dead men and women thousands of years ago grow my faith? Such can be common thoughts when the Christian [...]

Storytelling and Modernity

By |2019-01-19T20:20:40-05:00January 2nd, 2019|Categories: Civil Society, Civilization, Community, Culture, George Stanciu, History, In Honor of Eva Brann at 90 Series, Modernity, Myth, Senior Contributors, Social Order|

The storytelling of a tribe gives each member a common remote past, communal heroes to emulate, shared social rules, and an answer to “Who am I?”  Editor’s Note: This essay is part of a series dedicated to Senior Contributor Dr. Eva Brann of St. John’s College, Annapolis, in this, the year of her 90th [...]

“The God in the Cave”

By |2018-12-21T02:55:29-05:00December 24th, 2018|Categories: Christendom, Christianity, Christmas, Existence of God, G.K. Chesterton, Myth, Philosophy, Religion, Truth|

This sketch of the human story began in a cave; the cave which popular science associates with the cave-man and in which practical discovery has really found archaic drawings of animals. The second half of human history, which was like a new creation of the world, also begins in a cave. There is even a [...]

Myth, Satire, and Lucian’s “True History”

By |2019-06-13T11:51:30-05:00December 12th, 2018|Categories: Books, Education, Great Books, History, Humanities, Literature, Myth, Truth|

For the ancient myth-maker, there is something at the heart of all of human events that is worth preserving, something marvelous and worthy of renown, even if the account is not entirely true to life… The second-century satirist, Lucian of Samosata, makes the following inflammatory statement in his True History: [Historical accounts] are intended to [...]

In Search of the Real Abraham Lincoln

By |2018-05-17T23:42:30-05:00May 17th, 2018|Categories: Abraham Lincoln, Christianity, History, Myth, Presidency, South|

For many, Abraham Lincoln became a symbolic Christ, for some, perhaps, more than symbolic. They could scarcely help themselves, the parallels were so striking. He was the savior of the Union, God’s chosen instrument for bringing the millennium to suffering humanity, born in a log cabin (close enough to a stable), son of a [...]

Movies, Myth, and History

By |2018-04-21T22:19:35-05:00April 21st, 2018|Categories: Books, Christianity, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Film, Gospel Reflection, History, Myth|

What shall we make of filmmakers who twist history for propaganda purposes? In an extreme way, they are doing what all historians do: They are not only recording history, they are also interpreting it—and can history be done without interpreting the facts?… Some time ago I watched a fascinating documentary on the assassination of [...]

What the Boy Scouts & the #Metoo Hashtag Have in Common

By |2017-12-28T14:59:52-05:00October 24th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Featured, Myth, Secularism|

Both the Boy Scouts of America announcement and the #metoo phenomenon indicate a cultural problem: We have difficulty understanding the role distinctions play in our interactions with one another… “The most portentous general event of our time is the steady obliteration of those distinctions which create society.”[1] Richard Weaver penned these words in his 1948 [...]

Misremembering the Russian Revolution: Romanticism Not Reality

By |2017-10-05T13:21:02-05:00October 4th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Europe, History, Joseph Pearce, Myth, Russia, Tragedy, War|

The tragedy is not that the Russian Revolution is being forgotten; it’s that it is being remembered in the wrong way. It is being seen through rose-coloured spectacles, its grim reality being smothered in layers of romantic myth… This month is the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution, one of the most important moments in [...]

From Myths to Fact and Back Again

By |2019-03-28T11:44:20-05:00August 13th, 2017|Categories: Civilization, Featured, Ideology, Information Age, Myth, Politics, Social Order, Technology|

A democratic society requires an informed base of voters making political judgments on the basis of commonly accepted information. When reliable authorities no longer hold sway, unscrupulous authoritarians can step in to fill the void… “We have a risk of getting to a place where we don’t have shared public facts. A republic will [...]