“If ever a myth had become a fact, had been incarnated, it would be just like this. And nothing else in all literature was just like this. Myths were like it in one way. Histories were like it in another. But nothing was simply like it . . . Here and here only in all time myth had become fact; the Word, flesh; God, man. This is not "a religion," nor "a philosophy." It is the summing up and actuality of them all.” (Surprised by Joy).Lewis believed that the myths he had known since boyhood, the Greek stories and Nordic sagas, were more than tales for entertainment. More than devices made to pass the time. In these dark fictions are the thoughts, hopes, and dreams of mankind before Christ and they contain foreshadows of the history yet to come. Myths gain their historical reality in the fulfillment of Christ’s coming.
Albert Campion would have recognized C. S. Lewis as a fellow “Expert on Fairy Stories.” Although the former is a fictional character, he has pertinent things to say about reality...but I digress already! I started this post with the intent of considering what Lewis has to say about myths and their important connection with the Gospel.