Could Mythicism Make Christianity More Meaningful?

Could Mythicism Make Christianity More Meaningful?

This is essentially a re-posting of something posted by Neil Godfrey on his Vridar blog in March of 2015 — as a followup to an earlier posting titled, “The Difference Between Story and History in the Bible.” The specific title of later posting was, “Mythicism Making Christianity More Meaningful.” Both are worth reading, in my opinion, but the later one was about a Dutch pastor, Edward van der Kaaij, who had “come out” as a mythicist. The following is from a contemporaneous newspaper article:

“I am a Protestant and an important aspect of our belief is that the Bible is God’s Word (although written by men) and the starting point of our belief,” said van der Kaaij to NL Times. “So it is important to explain the Bible properly.”

The pastor describes his congregation as “enthusiastic” about his explanation of gospel. “The gospel gets more value when you read it according to what it is: a myth. Note that the word ‘myth’ does not have a negative meaning, on the contrary it is positive!”

“The deep truth is that Christ is deep in all of us. God created men by giving his breath, He incarnates in every human being. In that way Jesus Christ is the eternal reflection of God in all of us.”

Godfrey opines that the Dutch pastor reminds him of Thomas Brodie, “who as a continuing practicing Roman Catholic finds the truth of the Christ Myth adds a new dimension of meaning to his faith.”

Apparently, it did not end well for the pastor professionally, as it did not for Dominican Father Brodie.

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