A mystical romance come true.
God, in a dramatic rescue, frees man from the devil.
God made man because he loves stories—so claims a rabbinic saying. Henry R. Luce, founder of Time magazine, commenting in an interview on his magazine’s interest in personalities, quipped, “Time didn’t start this emphasis on stories about people; the Bible did.”
One of the most universal human impulses is summed up in the familiar four-word plea: Tell me a story. Biblical religion constantly satisfies this human longing for stories. Compared with other world views, Christianity has produced much more than the average amount of biography and autobiography and narrative.
This fascination for story can be traced right back to the Bible, where we find an abundance of historical and biographical narrative. “The narrative mode,” writes Amos Wilder, “is uniquely important in Christianity.… A Christian can confess his faith wherever he is … by telling a story or a series of stories” (Early Christian Rhetoric, Harvard University, 1971, p. 56). If we listen to the words of the Apostles’ Creed we find that it, too, is not simply a collection of doctrines but a story about what God has done. Even the Christian sacraments of baptism and Communion tell a story.
According to G. K. Chesterton, the “normal narrative instinct which produced all the fairy-tales is something that is neglected by all the philosophies—except one,” the Christian faith (The Everlasting Man, Image, 1955, p. 245). Each of the others, writes Chesterton, “starves the story-telling instinct.… There is no such thing as a Hegelian story or a monist story or a relativist story or a determinist story; for every story, yes, even … a cheap novelette, has something in it that belongs to our universe ...1
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