Academy Asks: Can Christianity be True but Myth be Real at the Same Time?

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Athanatos Christian Ministries hosts an online apologetics academy. New for the October, 2012, session is a course entitled "Studies in Myth." Taught by long time ACM partner Debbie Thompson, the course addresses that makes us 'restless' and where, at last, we find our rest.

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Wherever humans go, stories go with them. They are a fundamental part of our experience but they have no biological basis. They need an explanation. Christianity provides that explanation: we are made in the image of God...

Critics of Christianity and religion in general have contended that it is all based on mythology. However, the online apologetics academy hosted by Athanatos Christian Ministries is offering a course that suggests something radically different: mythology is real, but Christianity is true.

The course, "Studies in Myth", is taught be long-time ACM partner Debbie Thompson. Mrs. Thompson is a judge for some of their writing contests, writes reviews for ACM's new book review service, and facilitates a regular online writing workshop.

How can Christianity be true if myth is real?

The course counters the assumption that calling something mythological is the same as calling it made up, false, or imaginative fantasy. A broader, more robust definition might suggest that a 'myth is any story that some people believe is true.' On this definition, the evolutionary story of the rise of man is also a myth; some people believe it is true. Some would rise to object that it is in fact true.

"And that shows that something can be a myth while also being true," says Anthony Horvath, the founder of ACM and the director of the academy. "But we would go even further and point out that the mere need to turn to stories indicates a Truth about who we are as humans. Do stories give apes or ants an evolutionary advantage? Do they play any role in their continued survival? Wherever humans go, stories go with them. They are a fundamental part of our experience but they have no biological basis. They need an explanation. Christianity provides that explanation: we are made in the image of God, and God himself is a Storyteller."

Horvath says that the Gospel is essentially a story, a Good Story.

The "Studies in Myth" course delves into this topic, ranging from Augustine to Jung, CS Lewis to JRR Tolkien, and a myriad of points between.

The course would be most suited for the Christian writer looking to explore the power of Story to communicate matters of faith, but Christian apologists might also like the fresh examination of the doctrine of the 'imago dei.'

The course is available year round, but is presently being facilitated. It will be facilitated next in February 2013, and then in May, 2013. The academy is accepting enrollments. The website is: http://www.academyofapologetics.com.

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