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On Home and Glory: Musings on Daily Life and Divine Destiny

This spring, Brian Phillips triggered my midlife crisis. At the Rocky Mountain Regional Conference, he gave a talk in which he made a casual statement that led to a poignant discovery. “In the Iliad, Achilles seeks glory, while in the Odyssey, Odysseus desires home,” he announced. Nothing new there. “But really,” he continued, “They were …

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“Here I am, and I am as you see me”: Why Odysseus Is a Robust Christ Figure and Why It Matters

As classical Christian educators, we know why our students should read Homer. But that doesn’t tell us what exactly they should take away from these profound myths, these stories both classical and pagan. What caveats, frameworks, and hermeneutical habits should we model for them? In particular, how should they be guided in assessing the character …

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