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This plot device plays to Costain's stren gths as a writer. Costain said that he always saw himself as "a reporter . . . in the sense that a reporter tries to be accurate and interesting." He accomplishes both in The Silver Chalice. Many people love the book because it satisfies the curiosity every reader of the New Testament has about the world of early Christianity. What did Peter and Paul look like? What was behind the conflicts in the early church that are hinted at in Scripture? What did it feel like to be a Christian hunted down by murderous civil authorities?
The Silver Chalice contains a poignant spiritual story as well. Basil is not a Christian when he begins his journey to Jerusalem, Antioch, Rome, and places in between. He finds that he cannot "see" Jesus in his mind's eye in the same way that he "sees" the apostles. Neither can he give himself to the Christian faith that attracts him.
It turns out that Basil is blinded by a personal choice he made early on in the story, one that negatively skews his point of view. He eventually sees the destructive consequences of his choice, and the story brings him to a point where he can make another choice-a choice to be generous and free. Then Basil can "see"-spiritually and artistically.
Number of Pages: 752
Vendor: Loyola Press
Publication Date: 2006
|Dimensions: 7 X 5 (inches)|
Availability: In Stock
"An outstanding historical novel."New York Times
"This novel makes real . . . the whole world of the New Testament."Chicago Tribune
"His theme is presented with an assurance and sweetness that is refreshing
in a great novel."Christian Science Monitor