A friend and I took a class where Joseph Campbell’s “The Power of Myth” was required reading and the basis for much class discussion. Unfortunately this was before I found RZIM connect. It haunts me that I wasn’t better able to relay Christ’s Truth in the discussions. I think my conversations with my classmates about faith are now shaped by their perceptions from the book that religions are created because people and society need it to be an anchor.
If an infant is born into the world with no knowledge of right and wrong, aren’t their values shaped and defined by the training of their parents and society? The professor likened faith and the Judeo-Christian morals that are dominant in Western culture as a survival mechanism that meets social needs but also the evolutionary need to preserve the existence of humankind. Campbell makes the argument that faith should keep up with the culture, and that “old time religion” belongs to a different society, people, and time. He argues that faith is crucial to society, but that it must be a global mythology and that people are driven by their need to “feel alive.” Much of our class discussions were not against faith itself, but that it is a beautiful and essential creation of society to make it through the harsh realities of life.
I’m sorry, I know I’m at square one with these conversations. I suppose that my question is for good resources that my classmates and I could journey through together to help answer their confusion in a relativistic culture of how God could be the ultimate Truth. I asked at church, but perhaps it’s just not something many of my mentors have had to wrestle with