Any fans of myths and legends here? I certainly am, and I view mythical heroes in a Christological sense, as Christ figures who stand against evil, and sometimes sacrifice their lives to defeat their foe, just like what our saviour did on the cross.
My personal favourite is Beowulf, partly because of my English identity, but also because it perfectly portrays these Christian virtues of heroism and sacrifice, and adds much biblical imagery to exemplify it. Grendel, a descendent of Cain, who was (metaphorically of course) ‘of the evil one’, represents evil in the form of the seed of the serpent, who would be defeated by Christ. Likewise, Beowulf sacrifices his life (like our saviour), to save his people from a dragon (like our saviour).
Thoughts? Is there a place for myths and legends in Christian life?