In the long history of Christianity, Western literature changed after Jesus came upon the scene, then fairy tales…
(also, too I’d love to do a long history of anime and its reflection/fascination with the Christ story…letme know if you ever get to studying that!!)
Fairy tales: you know, where people are loved into being/transformed into what they really are supposed to be.
Fairy tales, where resurrection and happy endings are possible.
Cupid & Psyche is the last myth (Petty Greek Gods who are messing with humanity)
and the First Fairy Tale: Beauty and the Beast
Since then, fantastic literature has tended to mirror spirituality
the Discovery Mythos (think Gulliver’s Travels) about Christianity “taking over” and “conquering” the world civilizing people<–NOTE we are still not recovered and must Decolonize both our theology and our fantastique literature (Sci-Fi/Fantasy etc)
But Also there was the mythology of Human progress…the myth that science and humanity would continually evolve into perfection–that religion/God/magic will become inconsequential and fade like the elves of Lord of the Rings & the invisibility of Oz.
Today the fantastique myth talks about parallel and intersecting realities of magic and reality. Think Muggles & Wizarding Folk, Urban Fantasy, Neil Gaiman
On the whole I find it a more (w)holistic stance.
and so no I don’t think faith and church will die out, I think it will become more (w)holistically part of our lives…
This is my good news for 2017 🙂
PS someday I may write a complex thesis on all this..but for now I continue to purport it in conversation that the few who are fluent in religion and or fantasy lit understand…