MARS HILL AUDIO Book 4

Realms of Gold: The Classics in Christian Perspective by Leland Ryken

Throughout history, great literature has been a cohesive force in Western culture. It interprets our experiences and tells us the truth about our fears and longinigs. It is a catalyst to our thinking and an invaluable index to the minds and feelings of people around us.

In Realms of Gold Leland Ryken proceeds chronologically through some of the best of the best, from Homer through Shakespeare to Camus, offering not only a taste of the classics, but a framework in which to analyze them.

For students studying literature, this book serves as an introduction to the classics as friends; for those who have not read the classics in a long time, it is a motivation to renew delightful acquaintances; for people who already know the classics as intimate friends, it offers the opportunity to renew acquaintance within a Christian context. Read by Ken Myers.

Realms of Gold: The Classics in Christian Perspective was published in 1991 by Wheaton.

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    Preface and Introduction: Reading the Classics for All They're Worth
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    Chapter 1: Homer's Odyssey and the Value of Myth
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    Chapter 2: Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and Comic Spirit in Literature
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    Chapter 3: Shakespeare's Macbeth and the Tragic Spirit in Literature
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    Chapter 4: Milton's Paradise Lost and the Bible as Literary Influence
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    Chapter 5: Poetry and the Christian Life
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    Chapter 6: Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter: What is a Christian Classic?
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    Chapter 7: Dicken's Great Expectations and Literature as Recreation
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    Chapter 8: Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Illych and the Truth of Fiction
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    Chapter 9: Camus' The Stranger and Modern Literature
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    Conclusion: Where Do We Go from Here?