“Not all those who wander are lost.”

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S2E5 Mythic Mission: Mythic Mission Tabletop Apologetics–and More Important Updates!!! Mythic Mission

Exciting announcements, including a new branch to our ministry! Never a better time to support our ministry on Patreon–go to http://www.mythicmission.com and find a link to our Patreon page there.  JUST FYI, there are two edited portions of this episode because I had someone ring my doorbell. Happens about 30 minutes in–I just wanted to once again say, I owe such a huge debt to Drs. Paul Gould and Louis Markos (part of my thanks got cut off) and then to also remind you that if you've read my book, PLEASE leave a REVIEW AND RATING on Amazon.com! 
  1. S2E5 Mythic Mission: Mythic Mission Tabletop Apologetics–and More Important Updates!!!
  2. "He Descended to the Dead…On the Third Day he Rose from the Dead": Mythic Mission Holy Week 2022
  3. S2E4 of Mythic Mission: The Medieval Mind of C.S. Lewis: An Interview with Dr. Jason M. Baxter
  4. S2E3: "The King Lives Within Us All": J.R.R. Tolkien and the Issue of Allegory, Dedicated to my Aunt Dale
  5. S2E2 Mythic Mission: "Tom is Master": An Interview with C.R. Wiley about his book "In the House of Tom Bombadil"

About Me

Welcome!

Hello and thank you for visiting my website! My name is Michael Jahosky, and I am a Humanities professor at St. Petersburg College in Florida, as well as an author and podcaster. I have a Masters degree in Humanities and 2 Bachelor degrees (one in History and the other in Classical Humanities). I have also created, led, and taught 2 study abroad programs to Israel for St. Petersburg College in 2014 and 2016 and now am co-leading a 2023 trip to Italy with my colleague Dr. Matthew Sims! I also have extensive travel experience: so far, I have studied abroad in Italy for 6 weeks through UF, lived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and travelled throughout Europe. I spent most of my college career specializing in the history, philosophy, religion, and art of the ancient Greco-Roman and Middle-Eastern world and the early Italian Renaissance. This means I have what is called an “interdisciplinary” academic background. I did not attend Seminary, but I spent the majority of my time at University studying the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean/Middle Eastern world. At various points in my academic studies, I also had opportunity to study J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, whose myths I love!

This reminds me of something Dallas Willard shared that the Lord spoke to him: “Now if you stay in the churches, the university will be closed to you; but if you stay in the university, the churches will be open to you.” This resonates with me because I did once contemplate attending seminary–but I do not believe this was the path God wanted me on. Nevertheless, I have spent the last 12 years as a college professor doing professional development in disciplines that I would have studied in seminary (alongside other topics that teaching the Humanities have required me to train in!). In that time, I’ve written a book which hopefully demonstrates all that I’ve learned about theology, the Bible, and apologetics (among other things). I will continue to pray and ask God for the path that he wants me to walk, but I am confident that he wants me to continue teaching both in and out of the Church. I feel that God has equipped me to be of great use to him in a secular environment, but I have also felt his prompting lately to find a permanent church home for my family and I where I can contribute my teaching gifts to the body of Christ more significantly and consistently.

Although I have a Catholic background (I was baptized and received First Communion), I have been an active member in a few Protestant churches the last 10 years teaching classes on apologetics, history, philosophy, and what would be considered comparative religious studies/world religions . During the time leading up to the publication of my book, my wife and I considered joining the Catholic Church; for various personal and theological reasons and reservations, we have decided not to and my family and I are now looking for a new permanent church home. I am currently working on a NEW book examining the Chronicles of Narnia as an example of what Lewis called a “supposal” (which, if you’ve read my first book, you know is quite similar to a parable).

My book, which you can preview at the bottom of this website via Amazon.com, is called “The Good News of the Return of the King: The Gospel in Middle earth.” I am the creator and main host of the podcast Mythic Mission (along with my wife Sarah), which you can find on Anchor, Spotify, ITunes, Amazon Music, Audible, and other platforms! Mythic Mission is a podcast which explores J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis’s understanding of myth as “grand narrative” and its intersection with the various disciplines of the Humanities from a Christian perspective. Subscribe to listen to interviews with scholars from various disciplines and from me on subjects which participate in the Truth, Goodness, and Beauty which God has woven into the “sacramental tapestry” of the world.

You might be wondering…myth? Really? One of those people? Aren’t myths lies? Untrue stories? Wastes of time? No! I wrote an entire book on the subject that myths can actually be more true to reality than non-fiction can. In ancient Greece, mythos meant something like “grand narrative” or “account of reality.” According to Alister E. McGrath, “Myths are stories that people tell to make sense of the world.” Myths show us that truth and reality (which is what truth is about) are much more capacious than we previously imagined. My wife and I created this podcast (which we also consider to be a ministry) to share this with the world. If you’re new to this way of thinking about myth and still have concerns, that’s ok. I’d recommend you listen to Episodes #2, 3, and 12 in particular to learn more about my views on myth, Jesus, and Christianity. What I can tell you is that I fully agree and affirm what C.S. Lewis said about Christianity here: “We should, therefore, expect to find in the imagination of great Pagan teachers and myth-makers some glimpse of that theme which we believe to be the very plot of the whole cosmic story—the theme of incarnation, death and rebirth. And the differences between the Pagan Christs (Balder, Osiris, etc.) and the Christ Himself is much what we should expect to find. The Pagan stories are all about someone dying and rising, either every year, or else nobody knows where and nobody knows when. The Christian story is about a historical personage, whose execution can be dated pretty accurately, under a named Roman magistrate, and with whom the society that He founded is in a continuous relation down to the present day. It is not the difference between falsehood and truth. It is the difference between a real event on the one hand and dim dreams or premonitions of that same event on the other.”–“Is Theology Poetry” in The Weight of Glory.

If you want to learn more about my reflections on this amazing quote from Lewis, subscribe to my podcast and read my book! If you’re already a Christian, I hope it will deepen your love of Jesus and the Gospel; if you’re not, I hope and pray both my book and podcast musings will open up new doors in your heart that prompt you to give Jesus and the Gospel another look.

If you enjoy the content I’m putting out and want to get involved and encourage us, we are now on Patreon and are inviting YOU to come on the Mission with us! While all our episodes and YouTube Videos will continue to be FREE, you can support us now and get cool perks like monthly Q and A meetings with me, access to a private Facebook group with lots of great minds, AND MERCH! Stickers, Coffee Mugs, and Signed Copies of my Book! Please consider supporting the show and the work we’re doing on http://www.patreon.com/mythicmission



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5 thoughts on ““Not all those who wander are lost.”

  1. I am enlightened every time I speak to Michael! His sphere of knowledge is not only vast and impressive, he speaks to his audience in a way that makes everyone comfortable and stimulates conversation!

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