Resurrecting Old Myths
July 7th, 2008 | Skip to comments
In light of the “new” controversy over the “recent” discovery of references to the resurrection in Dead Sea Scroll materials, keep in mind:
In the New Testament, the thing really happens. The Dying God really appears—as a historical Person, living in a definite place and time. . . . The old myth of the Dying God . . . comes down from the heaven of legend and imagination to the earth of history. It happens—at a particular date, in a particular place, followed by definable historical consequences. We must not be nervous about ‘parallels’ [in other religions]: they ought to be there—it would be a stumbling block if they weren’t.
—C. S. Lewis, “Answers to Questions about Christianity”; “Myth Became Fact” in God in The Dock, 58; 66; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1970.