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DEMYTHOLOGY

The theory that claims that the whole language and spirit of the New Testament are mythical in character. the evangelists assume that miracles occur and that the world is affected by supernatural powers. In order to discover the real facts of Christ's life and teaching therefore, it is necessary to strip the New Testament, especially the Gospels, of this layer of mythology. (Etym. Latin de-, reverse of + Greek mythologein, to relate legends, myths.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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