2013 doctoral recipient James Menzies authors book on the veracity of Christianity

Rhode Island native James Menzies, a 2013 doctoral degree recipient from Salve Regina who has served for close to 30 years as pastor of Perryville Bible Church in Wakefield, has written a book exploring the veracity of Christianity.

In “True Myth: C. S. Lewis and Joseph Campbell on the Veracity of Christianity,” published by Wipf & Stock, Menzies addresses the question, “What does it mean to be human?” by exploring myth and religion in the thinking of well-known mythologist Joseph Campbell and Chronicles of Narnia author and Oxford don C. S. Lewis.

Campbell understood Christianity as comprised of mythical themes similar to those in other religions and secular myths. The theological and miraculous elements were symbolic; stories to help the reader discover what it means to be human and to face the challenges of the day.

Lewis was a supernaturalist who understood Christianity as a relationship with the Creator through His son, Jesus Christ. Although Lewis understood the symbolism and life lessons in miraculous events, he believed they were far more than symbolic. They actually took place in time and space.

Not only does Menzies analyze the approach of Campbell and Lewis but he also probes the influence and presence of myth in philosophy, media, ethics, history, literature, art, music, and religion in a contemporary context, thus helping readers consider answers for their own age.

“True myth is an important book that has long needed to be written,” writes Louis Markos, professor of English, Houston Baptist University, Greater Sharpstown, Texas. “Menzies has done yeoman service in synthesizing a great deal of material on topics that deserve closer examination. While being fair to the legacy of Joseph Campbell, Menzies presents a rich and nuanced understanding of myth that would have pleased C. S. Lewis.”

Menzies is available for interviews and speaking engagements and may be reached at Menziespbc@aol.com or (401) 783-9824.