In the lead-up to Easter there have been the usual articles about whether or not Jesus rose from death – or if he even existed. I’m not particulalry interested in those articles because I don’t think they treat mythology correctly. I think the truth of mythology is in whether it can inspire and direct a society. Peter Catt, the dean of St John’s Anglican Cathedral in Brisbane, has reminded us that the story of Jesus taught our society that victims are innocent.
I’m less interested in whether the stories of Jesus’ resurrection are historical and more interested in whether they can teach us to practise resurrection. Can they teach us to seek life amongst the dead? Can they teach us to seek hope in the midst of despair? Can they teach us to keep working away when the world seems to be going to shit?