In theological and academic studies describing a story as myth does not imply falsehood. A true story can also be symbolic and explanatory. However in common usage a myth is a story that is not true. Describing Christian beliefs, such as Bible stories, as myth is therefore usually considered an attack on those beliefs.
Many stories that do not come from sacred Christian texts and still do illustrate Christian themes, or are intended to foster Christian values, or address spiritual traditions. These stories are considered by some Christian journalists, theologians, and academics (see citations below) to constitute a body of Christian mythology. There are also stories which were once taken as true but are no longer accepted by most Chrstians, such as the tale of Saint George.
A selection of such stories might include:
- Stories from the apocryphal books.
- Traditional stories such as that of Abgarus of Edessa.
- Elaborations or amendments to Biblical tales, such as the tales of Salomé, the Three Wise Men, or St Dismas.
- Supplying names for unnamed Biblical characters: see List of names for the Biblical nameless
- Literary treatments of traditional Biblical lore, such as Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained by John Milton
- Literary treatments of themes from Christian theology or eschatology such as the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
- Tales of saints (hagiographies) whose historicity is doubtful, like Saint Christopher or St Catherine of Alexandria
- Miraculous stories of saints such as are found in Jacobus de Voragine's Golden Legend.
- The legends of King Arthur and other tales of medieval chivalry, especially the Quest for the Holy Grail.
- Legendary history of the Christian churches, such as the tales from the Crusades or the paladins of Charlemagne in mediaeval romance.
- Stories about angels, guardian angels, devils, and tales of making pacts with the Devil (see e.g. Faust).
J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings or George MacDonald's At the Back of the North Wind, Lilith, and Phantastes in this category.
See also: Myth, Mythology, Islamic mythology, Hebrew mythology, Greek mythology