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Myth Became Fact: Storytelling, Imagination, and Apologetics in the Bible [Kindle Edition]

Brian Godawa
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Book Description

The Secret to Understanding the Bible, Storytelling, Imagination and Apologetics
Myth Became Fact is a collection of essays by Brian Godawa about storytelling, imagination, apologetics and the Bible. Some of them have appeared in the novel series, Chronicles of the Nephilim and some have been published in various magazines or journals.
Here are the Chapters and what you will learn if you read Myth Became Fact.
Old Testament Storytelling ApologeticsIsrael shared mythopoeic images with their pagan neighbors: The sea dragon of chaos, and the Storm god. These are polemical apologetic concepts used by Biblical writers to show the incomparability of Yahweh. But how does this subversion differ from syncretism, or blending Christianity with paganism?
Biblical Creation and Storytelling: Cosmos, Combat and CovenantCreation stories in the ancient Near East and the Bible both express a primeval battle called Chaoskampf, the fight of deity to create order out of chaos. But how do they differ?
The Universe in Ancient ImaginationA detailed comparison and contrast of the Biblical picture of the universe with the ancient Mesopotamian one. Does God communicate material structure or theological meaning? Is the Bible full of ancient superstitions and false science or is there something deeper going on here?
New Testament Storytelling ApologeticsPaul’s sermon to the pagans on Mars Hill is an example of the apologetics of subversion: Communicating the Gospel in terms of a pagan narrative with a view toward replacing their worldview. This will expand your understanding of Christian imagination and change the way you understand Christian apologetics.
Mythopoeia in Prophecy and Apocalyptic GenreGod uses the imagination of mythical descriptions of future events to deliberately obscure his message while simultaneously proving his claim about the true meaning and purpose behind history. If you want to understand Biblical prophecy, you MUST understand the Hebrew imagination or you will get End Times eschatology all wrong. Most Christians do get it wrong.
An Apologetic of Biblical HorrorAn exploration of the genre of horror to show how God uses it as a powerful moral tool to communicate serious spiritual, moral, and social defilement in the context of repentance from sin and redemptive victory over evil. In fact, horror is one of God’s favorite genres to communicate his most serious truths. You won’t believe it until you read it. But when you do, it will change your understanding of horror and it’s value for today.
The author’s hope is that the Christian reader may gain inspiration from these insights to use more imagination in their own approach to defending the faith and glorifying God in their personal spiritual lives.

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  • File Size: 669 KB
  • Print Length: 179 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985930969
  • Publisher: Embedded Pictures Publishing (November 16, 2012)
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  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Challenge To Believers and Skeptics Alike December 31, 2012
I have been a fan of Brian Godawa's writing ever since Hollywood Worldviews. As a filmmaker, Brian understands Scripture and Story from a perspective most do not, offering insight that otherwise wouldn't be seen. That said, Myth Became Fact does a great job exploring Scripture from a narrative perspective, paying close attention to literary devices such as subversion, merisms, and polemics. The arguments in the book are well supported, and Brian communicates his thoughts clearly. Myth Became Fact feels both highly academic and culturally relevant, geared toward a society of theistic modernists and atheistic postmodernists obsessed with entertainment. In addition, I can't help but get excited that Brian challenges Christians to subvert unbelieving stories, doing so with an unrelenting conviction that God, the ultimate storyteller, subverts. Christians who question their role in today's storytelling and entertainment need to hear this.

One of the only qualms I have is that I'm not sure I agree entirely with Brian's hermeneutic, which seems to argue that when it comes to stories in the Bible, it isn't a matter of historical accuracy, instead it's a matter of how it's said and the one who subverts it. I think the application of this could be taken too far, particularly when it comes to the Creation account in Genesis, and if it were applied to other parts of Scripture, such as the Gospel account. Bottom line: the danger is that this hermeneutic could rob Scripture of its historical authenticity and theological force.

This aside, Myth Became Fact is a worthwhile read and challenge. If there is one thing it does incredibly well, it's in "shaking things up" for the believer and unbeliever alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worship God with your mind... read this book. January 6, 2013
By Gavlak
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There was a day when I likely would have branded Brian Godawa a deceitful and Godless heretic. Now I thank God for him. As I recount particular milestones in the growth of my theological understanding, I find Brian as a catalyst for two of the more recent and significant epiphanies. One, about 6 or 7 years ago, when he introduced me to the notion of partial-preterism. Now, rather than avoiding eschatology altogether, I relish the discussion. Second, as I finished this book, Myth Became Fact, I now embrace a fuller understanding of so much biblical text that previously had seemed like obscure cultural irrelevance. Specifically, our God's strategy of subversion exemplifies his brilliance. You'll have to read the book to understand.

I am fully convinced that God has called Brian for such a time as this. His rigorous and disciplined approach make every page like bites of a hearty meal. My only lament is that this book is not already required reading in every introduction to hermeneutics class in colleges, churches, and bible studies throughout Christendom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Constant Reference July 31, 2013
By mikeeye
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I was a fan of Brian Godawa's "Chronicles Of The Nephilim" series before I read "Myth Became Fact". I read "Myth Became Fact" several times and use it as a constant reference. The insights in this book have revolutionized the way I study the Bible. While some of the information went against my "fundamentalist bent", I soon realized some of the presuppositions I have been approaching the Bible with. This book has really strengthened my faith and has helped me while sharing what I believe.
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I have always enjoyed reading anything by Brian Godawa, and his latest book Myth Became Fact: Storytelling, Imagination and Apologetics in the Bible did not disappoint. It is a collection of six essays that explore how God is able to use storytelling and imagination to reveal truths about himself. The first five essays show how storytelling and creative imagery are used throughout the entire Bible to communicate certain truths about God. The sixth essay explains how the genre of horror writing can be used by modern writers "to communicate serious spiritual, moral, and social defilement in the context of repentance from sin and redemptive victory over evil", just as it is used in the Bible. Each of these essays reinforces the idea that using storytelling and imagination can be just as powerful (or even more so!) as using rational argumentation for apologetics. Each stresses how culturally hubristic it is for modern readers to impose their own postmodern-scientific way of understanding the world on the text of the Bible. Brian encourages modern readers instead to try to read the Bible within the ancient near east context in which it was written. This, as he cogently argues, will help readers to better understand numerous perplexing Biblical passages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb New Work on Apologetics & Myth December 7, 2012
First off, Godawa is a flat-out a great writer. His screenplay for the movie "To End All Wars" with Kieffer Sutherland is an incredible blend of art and faith.
C.S. Lewis' concept of myth-become-fact has always intrigued me. This book develops it in a fascinating and faith-affirming way.
Instead of running from myth(s) in the Bible, Godawa furthers Lewis' argument with detailed scholarship and quality writing. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for both believers and skeptics.
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This is somewhat of a sequel to Godawa's Word Pictures: Knowing God Through Story & Imagination and builds on the themes of storytelling in the Bible, understanding the proper context of Bible genres and the subversion of non-Christian beliefs. His chapter on Paul's subversion of pagan thinkers and myths (Acts 17) is great place to start to see how apologetics can take truths from elsewhere and point them to God. This "subversion" - the taking and respecting of truths from elsewhere and showing how they point to the Truth - can be a much more effective apologetic than the aggressive approach of some. We also see the importance of paying attention to the genre in which a biblical book is written. This is critical to understanding what one is reading and Godawa uses Revelation as a prime example (Chapter 5) (see also End Times and The Apocalypse Code).

He spends some time discussing the Near East imagery used in throughout the Bible, particularly in the creation account. His argument (drawn largely from the work of John H. Walton) is that understanding the Near East imagery dispenses with all the debates on how to interpret Genesis. While there is a lot of value in what he's writing in understanding the proper context of many verses throughout the Bible, he may be taking the argument too far in Genesis. Yes, there are obvious Near East parallels, but does that mean no multiple layers of meaning? Is this not the inspired word of God?
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Published 10 months ago by Floyd W. Meentemeyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good
I read this book just because of its excellent reviews. I thought the author didn't have the "theology pedigree" to write a serious book on Bible interpretation. Boy, was I wrong! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Reader1967
5.0 out of 5 stars Opening boundaries of understanding
Just as CS Lewis has always done, Brian Godawa continually challenges believers not to limit God’s creativity to the boundaries of their own understanding. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Shari
4.0 out of 5 stars Only Complaint is That it is Too Short
An interesting boo, consisting of a collection of previously published essays. All are heavily footnoted and some are from respected journals. Read more
Published 22 months ago by William R. Bradford
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If you've ever read Brian Godawa's other books like Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment or Word Pictures: Knowing God Through Story and Imagination, or... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Changing a tradition
This book changes the playing field in a number of issues in Christianity and the arts. It discusses the importance of the use of myth in defining one's faith and in trying to... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every Storyteller Needs This Understanding
Everything Brian Godawa writes is for the Creative. A professional working screenwriter in Hollywood, Godawa continues to explore the art of Story. Read more
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Brian Godawa is the screenwriter for the award-winning feature film, To End All Wars, starring Kiefer Sutherland. It was awarded the Commander in Chief Medal of Service, Honor and Pride by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, won the first Heartland Film Festival by storm, and showcased the 2003 Cannes Film Festival Cinema for Peace.

Most recently, he wrote and directed the documentary Wall of Separation for PBS, Lines That Divide: The Great Stem Cell Debate for CBC Network, and School's Out: Political Correctness Vs. Academic Freedom for Boulevard Pictures. He also adapted to film the bestselling supernatural novel The Visitation by best-selling author Frank Peretti for Ralph Winter (X-Men, Wolverine).

Mr. Godawa's scripts have won multiple awards in such screenplay competitions as Carl Sautter, The Nicholl Fellowship, Austin Heart of Film, Fade-In, Worldfest, Writer's Network, Chesterfield Writer's Film Project, Columbus Discovery Awards and Reader's Digest Screenplay Competition.

He gives lectures at high schools and colleges on screenwriting, as well as the art of watching and writing movies. He has had his articles on movies and philosophy published in magazines around the world, most recently winning First Place from the EPA for his article on the philosophy of The Matrix.

His popular book, Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment (InterVarsity Press) is used as a textbook in schools around the country. His book Word Pictures: Knowing God Through Story and Imagination (IVP) addresses the power of image and story in the pages of the Bible to transform the Christian life. His new novel series, the saga Chronicles of the Nephilim is an imaginative retelling of the primeval history of Genesis, the secret plan of the fallen Watchers, and the War of the Seed of the Serpent with the Seed of Eve.

His main website is
His novel website is
Details on his books, articles and seminars can be found at

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