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 longings. 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 his most favorite classics, from Homer to Shakespeare and Milton to Tolstoy and 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 read the classics a long time ago, it is a motivation to renew delightful acquaintances; and for people already intimate with these works, it offers the opportunity to deepen their understanding within a Christian context. Read by Ken Myers. 8 hours 30 minutes. $18.

Realms of Gold: The Classics in Christian Perspective was originally published in 1991 by Harold Shaw Publishers. In 2003, Wipf and Stock published the most recent edition.

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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 the 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?