Gold, frankincense and – myth?
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Bishops Finger wrote: »
O come now - that needs unpacking! Do tell us why you think that should be...
Isn't the Gospel account of the Visit of the Magi something of a myth, anyway? It certainly has the dream-like quality of (say) a Graham Greene short story, and the same goes (IMHO) for Eliot's 'A cold coming we had of it'.
Urganda wrote: »
Right, Bishop's Finger; thanks for asking:
Our current English meaning of 'myth' (as lie) completely distorts the point of myths. A myth is a story that has a symbolic as well as a literal meaning. In religious language (and I include all religions) the symbolic meaning is the important bit. The story is just a prop to hang the symbols on. The aim is to point beyond the literal to the otherworld. Because we all have such difficulty in describing the otherworld, myths get interpreted literally, with tragic and violent results.
Alan29 wrote: »
So what kind of a place is this church? Is it a monastery still?
Portola wrote: »
How the Augustine monastery in Erfurt is used today can be seen by clicking this link (which is identical to the link offered in "More Church Info":
The information is in English.