The stories of Christianity make up an ancient, culturally important body of literature that have served and for many, continue to serve the purpose of providing moral and historical instruction, and building the faith of believers. The best-known and most important of these can be read in the Bible (see Bible stories).
More general remarks are needed!
There are other stories sourced from the various Apocrypha:
- We need a list of narratives from the Apocrypha/Deuterocanon.
- We need a list of narratives from New Testament Apocrypha, especially the various Apocryphal Acts and Gospels.
Other stories related to Christianity, but not sourced from the Bible include:
- Hagiographies, that is, stories of the lives of the saints.
- Many of the stories involving Lucifer, which owe more to John Milton's Paradise Lost than to the Bible.
- The legends of King Arthur and other tales of medieval chivalry, especially the Quest for the Holy Grail.
- The results of Christian fusions with other cultures, such as Vodun.
- Stories about angels, guardian angels, devils, and tales of making pacts with the Devil (see e.g. Faust).
- Stories about the physical appearances of angels with white robes, a halo, and wings.
- Stories about the physical appearances of the Devil wearing a red suit or having bright red skin, carrying a pitchfork and having a forked tail and horns.
- Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan.
- Some (see "Myth Matters," Christianity Today ) classify certain modern works as Christian mythology, such as C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia or Oscar Wilde's The Selfish Giant. Some people would include J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings in this category, and perhaps "At the Back of the North Wind", "Lilith" and "Phantastes" written by George MacDonald.
Compare: Christian mythology