WHY WE TEACH MYTHS by April Sumner
The word, “myth” often comes with the understanding of something not being true. However, in the correct literary usage, a myth is a type of story. It asks why are things the way they are?
We do believe that the Bible offers the true explanation of why things are the way they are. However, we see that there are seeds of truth in all myths because all humans are made in the image of God. God is a God of TRUTH. Any truth points back to Him, even when it was written before the Bible. When we see glimpses of it, truth always leads us to wisdom, worship, and wonder.
Angelina Stanford is one of my favorite thinkers when it comes to thinking well about literature. She speaks about myths on the podcast “Your Morning Basket” and talks about how the myths only can be answered by the Gospel. Click here to listen to her speak about the importance of teaching myths.
We also love learning about people themselves. To understand a culture, we have to understand that culture’s stories. And in doing so, we make connections between the myths and the questions and beliefs of the people. So, in learning the stories of the Greeks, we learn about the Greeks themselves. And in part, won’t we also learn about ourselves?