The Imaginative Strategy of Boethius

Boethius’s The Consolation of Philosophy, though less well known today, was extremely influential in the Middle Ages. Through the late Middle Ages, reason and imagination were firmly integrated in the […]

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Till They Have Faces: Lewis’s Psyche Meets the Modern Helen of Troy and Circe

I saw well why the gods do not speak to us openly, nor let us answer. Till that word can be dug out of us, why should they hear the […]

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Drinking from the Well of the Past: A Reflection on the Role of History in Literature & Philosophy for the Modern World

Very deep is the well of the past. Should we not call it bottomless? Bottomless indeed, if — and perhaps only if — the past we mean is the past […]

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O Honor, Where Art Thou?: A Modern Day Odyssey

At first glance, bluegrass music and southern, Depression-era culture seem to be a world apart from the classic Greek myth, Homer’s Odyssey. O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a film […]

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Nicomachean Ethics and the Enemy Within

In his The Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle suggests that right knowledge, right character, and right choice are enough to produce wholly moral persons. In his calls to act virtuously, Aristotle clearly […]

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The Power of the Storyteller: Jesus and Aesop

“Tell me a story.” This is a phrase every parent hears at one time or another. From our earliest days of understanding, before we learn to read or write, to […]

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Persephone

The Greeks told the story of Demeter and Persephone as a way of understanding the cycle of the seasons. Persephone, the goddess of springtime and only daughter of Demeter, was […]

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The Chain-Breaker in Plato’s Allegory

In a story so ingrained in Western culture that it has become like a dead metaphor, Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” describes one man’s ascent from the Land of Shadows […]

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A Galatian Marriage / Nasoni

A Galatian Marriage   Discouraged with the impiety of feminine nature, the artist Pygmalion sculpts his vision of a perfect woman. He falls in love with his creation, named Galatea, […]

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Listening to the Past

In his work The Lost World of Genesis One, Old Testament scholar John Walton gets his reader in a proper frame of mind before diving in and exploring Genesis 1 […]

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