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Myth and History

August 6, 2006

In our second reading for this weekend, St. Peter tells us that, in sharing the Christian story, he was not trading in “cleverly concocted myths.” There is a sharp distinction to be drawn between myth and history, and it matters enormously that Christianity is not a mythic system, but an historical religion. This feast of the Transfiguration gives us the opportunity to reflect on this difference.