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Heroes of the City of Man: A Christian Guide to Select Ancient Literature Paperback – July 15, 1999
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The most obvious virtue of Leithart's book is its scope. In a single volume he provides a defense for the value of reading classical literature, a methodology for integrating that literature with the Christian faith, and a reader's guide to the works of classical literature that a contemporary reader would most benefit from reading. -- Leland Ryken, Wheaton College<br /><br />With verve and cunning, Leithart centers the reader in a sound theology of story before equipping him to engage ancient texts like The Iliad with profound Biblical and literary insight. --Bruce L. Edwards, Bowling Green State Univ. (Ohio)
"Leithart doesn't simply discuss the intricacies of the texts; he goes further and allows unique biblical insight to illuminate the conflict between the heroes of the city of man and the city of God. The most obvious virtue of Leithart's book is its scope. In a single volume he provides a defense for the value of reading classical literature, a methodology for integrating that literature with the Christian faith, and a reader's guide to the works of classical literature that a contemporary reader would most benefit from reading." --Leland Ryken, Wheaton College
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Peter J. Leithart (Ph.D Cambridge) is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and Fellow of Literature at New St. Andrews College, Moscow, Idaho. He is the author of Brightest Heaven of Invention: A Christian Guide to Six Shakespeare Plays, Ascent to Love: A Guide to Dante's Divine Comedy, Miniatures & Morals: The Christian Novels of Jane Austen, and most recently, Deep Comedy: Trinity, Tragedy, & Hope in Western Literature.
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ANSWER: Peter Leithart
Leithart enters the debate with an excellent resource for the education of Christian young people. He takes "important" classical works and examines them by practically contrasting them against the Biblical worldview. I use the word "important" as a term meaning that the philosophies in these works dramatically impacted worldview shifts in the course of history. By contrasting these thoughts to the Biblical truths, Leithart assists in preparing young adults to give a defense for the "hope that is within them."
Leithart also brings excellent literary information, as well. He examines literary devices and references other well-known works as part of the study.