myth

A "weasel" word since it can have many very different meanings. When one reads or hears this word one needs to be sure what the user intends. Meanings current in theology range from "far-fetched stories about pagan gods" to "the words which traditionally accompany a ritual action". In the last sense mentioned, 1 Co 11:23ff. can properly be called the "myth of the Communion service"! In common use the sense "fictitious story or legend" is a very frequent understanding of this word. In theological circles "myth" is frequently used to mean "a story which encapsulates fundamental spiritual truth (e.g. about creation or salvation)".


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