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“We Have Fought the Long Defeat”

Galadriel says of herself and Celeborn: “For the Lord of the Galadhrim is accounted the wisest of the Elves of Middle-Earth, and a giver of gifts beyond the power of kings. He has dwelt in the West since the days of dawn, and I have dwelt with him years uncounted; for ere the fall of […]

How A Christian Should Read Virgil

The following remarks on reading Virgil were written by the Italian humanist Coluccio Salutati, around the year 1378: …I have dwelt upon this at such length that you may not suppose the reading of Virgil to be a mere idle occupation if one is willing to take the right view of it and to separate […]

Subcreation and “The Problem of Emeth”

[Update: In the wake of some early critiques of this post, I would like to clarify that what follows is not an attempt to exposit what C.S. Lewis thought about “the problem of Emeth.”  As has been pointed out to me, it seems fairly evident that Lewis didn’t think there was a problem.  The “problem of […]

On Reading Homer (III)

Veit Winsheim (cited the previous two days on this same subject) having already noted that excepting the Gospel of Christ there is “nothing more splendid or divine” than the study of literature, now takes up the interesting fact that in his Republic, Plato banned all the poets, especially Homer, from his ideal city: However, we meet with an […]

On Reading Homer (II)

Veit Winsheim (cited yesterday on this same subject) having already noted that excepting the Gospel of Christ there is “nothing more splendid or divine” than the study of literature, continues with his praise specifically of Homer: …For in Homer there are countless passages intended and devised as if by divine providence (and Horace said not rashly […]

On Reading Homer

Veit Winsheim, the Dean of the arts faculty at Wittenberg (1538), had this to say about the delights of reading Homer: …I consider in my mind these admirable gifts of God, namely the study of literature and of the humanities – and apart from the Gospel of Christ this world holds nothing more splendid nor […]

Gilgamesh as a Mirror of the Human

Some believers hold that like most mythological or legendary stories from the Ancient world before Christ, The Epic of Gilgamesh is just another story about a dumb pagan with a false worldview acting as a pretend Christ.   On this reading, it is of great importance to highlight the foundational presence and activity of the […]