Heroism and the Christian Life: Reclaiming Excellence   -     By: R.R. Reno, Brian Hook
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Heroism and the Christian Life: Reclaiming Excellence

Westminster John Knox Press / 2000 / Paperback

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A literary and cultural investagation of the discord and resonance between classical ideals of heroic action and the imperatives of the Christian life, from the Homeric epic to the present day. The central theme of the book is the difficulty of recognizing, imitating, and participating in heroic excellence-a difficulty that becomes a common concern for classical, Renaissance, and modern writers. Specifically, the authors trace this theme of recognition, imitation, and participation from Homer and Virgil to the New Testament, through Spencer and Milton, to Bonhoeffer, Camus, and contemporary American culture.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2000
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0664258123
ISBN-13: 9780664258122

Publisher's Description

This volume is a literary and cultural investigation of the discord and resonance between classical ideals of heroic action and the imperatives of the Christian life, from the Homeric epic to the present day. Its central theme is the difficulty of recognizing, imitating, and participating in heroic excellence--a difficulty that has been a concern for classical, Renaissance, and modern writers alike.

Author Bio

Brian S. Hook is Associate Professor of the Department of Classics at the University of North Carolina in Asheville, North Carolina. R. R. Reno is Professor of Theological Ethics at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

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