The Inner Consistency of Reality: Tolkien on the Tone of Truth in the Gospels

I have just come across this wonderful quote from J. R. R. Tolkien. One way of understanding the Christian gospel, that is, the proclamation of the good news that Jesus is the Christ and the Lord, is as the grand narrative of God’s relationship to the world. It is really the story to end all stories, the story that makes sense of all of our stories. Tolkien evokes something of this in this quote from On Fairy-Tales, published in 1939:

The Gospels contain a fairy-story, or a story of a larger kind which embraces all the essence of fairy-stories. … But this story has entered History and the primary world; … It has pre-eminently the ‘inner consistency of reality.’ There is no tale ever told that men would rather find was true, and none which so many sceptical men have accepted as true on its own merits. For the Art of it has the supremely convincing tone of Primary Art, that is, of Creation. …this story is supreme; and it is true.

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