Thursday September 1, 2011
I'm reading them again.
I teach the classics, but there are some I missed along the way or read all too long ago. Now I'm taking a class and the required reading is taking me down that beloved path.
The ancient writings bequeathed us the image of the hero. The classics elicit greatness of soul -- man at his best, striving. And even in the ancient myths, we see man's striving toward God. Louise Cowan writes, "The basis of the Greek heroic paradox is that human beings must aspire to divinity and yet because of their mortality fail to achieve it."
And when we look at their spirit of nobility and excellence in a framework of Biblical understanding, we can appreciate the "whatsoever is good, true, honest" knowing that the power to embody those today comes only from Him.
I do love the classics. They'll be my simple pleasure for a lifetime to come.
Linking up today with Dayle for Simple Pleasures.