Posts Tagged ‘myth’

The legend of medieval Pope Joan persists

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

In the late Middle Ages, a popular legend advanced the story of a medieval woman who disguised herself in men’s clothing and ascended to the role of pope. A dramatic ending to the tale ensured its endurance: As the woman, masquerading as Pope Johannes Anglicus, led a religious procession through Rome during the mid-ninth century, Read more

The Chronicles of Narnia and the power of myth

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Why are C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia – especially their showcase opener, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – so popular, more than fifty years after their author’s death? Many answers might be given, from the obvious fact that they are stories well told, to the suggestion that they call us back to a Read more

No stranglehold on God

Friday, April 5th, 2013

I soooooooo don’t get it. John Main says, “Language may not be able to lead us into the ultimate communion but it is the atmosphere in which we first draw breath of consciousness.” I have spent more than fifty years acquiring language – a spiritual language, that is, not my native tongue – and suddenly Read more