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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

CSFF Blog Tour: "Corus the Champion" Day 2

Okay, so I've got nothing. Perhaps I've been out of practice too long.

See, after reading Corus the Champion by D. Barkley Briggs, I couldn't help but think how really cool it was that Briggs was able to take the Arthurian legends and twist them in a new an unique way. It's always fun to see a classic myth twisted in a new and unique way (hence why I'm rooting for my friend Christian Miles to get his book published. Post-apocalyptic Arthur FTW!).

Except as I started trying to organize my thoughts, I realized deja vu. And on the second day too!

But maybe it bears repeating. As many Christians have pointed out in the past, most myths contain within them a kernel of truth, echoes and reflections of deeper spiritual principles that God has woven into the very fabric of reality, principles that haunt us and have to be expressed in some way. It's our fallen nature that wraps those echoes in non-Christian images and themes. Folks like Briggs or C. S. Lewis simply peel away the garbage until the truth remains.

Shall we have some fun, folks? Almost three years ago, I reminisced about an assignment that was given out by a friend of mine on a previous blog tour. Mirtika challenged us to take a myth or fable and find a way to baptize it and make it Christian.

Let's try it again. I have in front of me a copy of Aesop's Fables and I'm going to pick one at random. What I want you, dear reader, is think on the themes and images of said fable, search for Scriptures that parallel it, and come up with a germ of an idea for a story.

And I'll put my money where my mouth is. I'll post my idea on Thursday.

So here we go. Drum roll please.

I'll trust that you're creating a drum roll somehow.

The Stag at the Pool.

So have at it. Come back and share what you come up with. The person with the best story idea gets . . . I don't know. Bragging rights. My eternal admiration.

In the meantime, go see what the other tourists are up to:

Gillian Adams Noah Arsenault Beckie Burnham Morgan L. Busse CSFF Blog Tour Carol Bruce Collett Theresa Dunlap April Erwin Victor Gentile Nikole Hahn Ryan Heart Bruce Hennigan Christopher Hopper Jason Joyner Julie Carol Keen Krystine Kercher Marzabeth Shannon McDermott Rebecca LuElla Miller Eve Nielsen Sarah Sawyer Kathleen Smith Donna Swanson Rachel Starr Thomson Steve Trower Fred Warren Phyllis Wheeler Nicole White Rachel Wyant

4 comments:

Rebecca LuElla Miller said...

I'll play. Here's sort of the top of the head premise:

A rich man favors his successful business executive son and barely tolerates his homeless son who becomes a street preacher, but on his deathbed, he calls for the street preacher son.

That needs work if it were to be a real premise, but I think it takes the moral of the fable and puts royal robes on it. ;-)

Becky

Christian Miles said...

Thanks for the mention, John!

As for the fable, how about someone who values sleep more than going to church early on Sundays? Hmm. Maybe that'd be too preachy. But it would strike a chord in people! A chord of annoyance, but a chord all the same... ;)

Bob Menees said...

Here's my go.

Once there was a white bearded man in a red suit who rescued a stag from the jaws of a lion. He invested an entire year teaching the stag how to fly, and pull his sleigh. One day while delivering a sleigh full of packages,the stag was admiring his winged hooves and crashed into a chimney, splintering his antlers into a thousand pieces. The End.

Rebecca LuElla Miller said...

Certainly appropriate for the advent season, Bob. So does the lion figure back in? ;-)

Becky