On The Story-Telling Imperative That We Have In Mind:

Roland Fischer

The psychotherapeutic nature of the relatedness of literature and religion is part and parcel of the story-telling imperative that we have in mind. There is not a shred of evidence that a historical character Jesus lived, to give an example, and Christianity is based on narrative fiction of high literary and cathartic quality. On the other hand Christianity is concerned with the narration of things that actually take place in human life. The human animal is subject to biologically and socially determined programs that collide head-on with the morality of secular and religious traditions. Hence guilt of sin takes place in human life, and consciousness of sin is a real event and so are despair and salvation through faith.