Classics, Ancient and Modern: A Historian's Recommendations for Thoughtful Christian Living

In the fourth century, Christian intellectuals, many of whom were educated in secular contexts, debated fiercely about the role of classical literature and culture in the life of the Church.

Some called for an outright rejection of works by authors like Homer and Plato, while others tried to adapt the Scriptures and other Christian writings, giving them the form of other literary genres, like epic poetry and philosophical dialogue. Still, another perspective maintained that the literature of the classical tradition had intrinsic value and taught Christians important virtues and ideas that could deepen the faith of the community. This workshop draws on ancient and contemporary literature to affirm this approach and suggests how reading practices can strengthen the life of the congregation.

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