In the Light of Christ : Writings in the Western Tradition


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Sometime around 1660, Blaise Pascal wrote, 'truth is so obscured in our time, and lies are so established, that unless we love truth we will not know how to recognize it.' In like fashion, Lucy Beckett-professor, author, novelist, and poet-pens, 'we do not decide, but are given to discover and love, what is true.' In the Light of Christ is an ambitious but accessible introduction to the poems, plays, novels, theological works, criticism, monastic rules, histories, autobiographies, and letters of over three dozen thinkers and artists long-associated with Western tradition. More clear-sighted history and discussion of great works and their authors than a compendium of collected texts, Beckett's tome canvasses Aeschylus, Sophocles, Plato, Cicero, Virgil, Augustine, Benedict, Boethius, Cassiodorus, Bede, Anselm, Dante, Shakespeare, Donne, Herbert, Milton, Coleridge, Newman, Nietzsche, Hopkins, Emily Dickinson, Santayana, Wallace Stevens, T.S. Eliot, Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Solzhenitsyn, D.H. Lawrence, Samuel Beckett, Simone Weil, Saul Bellow, Czeslaw Milosz, and Pope John Paul II. That's just a partial list. Ms. Beckett is fairly encyclopedic but hardly dull. Implicit throughout is the analogy between reading with a mind open to the truth and living in the same spirit. Quoting a poem Czeslaw Milosz wrote on his eighty-eighth birthday, she ends with the hope that despite 'the afflictions of age,' we are, perhaps, 'saved by amazement, eternal and divine.' 648 pp.

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The good, the true and the beautiful--it is for these that our souls long. Though they reside in unity and perfection in God alone, the written word is one place we can discover glimmers of divine light.
The writings of great souls can turn our gaze toward God as he is revealed in Jesus Christ. Even authors who do not know Christ or who reject Christ can still point to him, for anyone who seeks the truth finds it; and any one who turns his back on the truth turns away from a someone whose presence can often be more keenly felt in his absence.
In this volume, Lucy Beckett illuminates some of the finest writings in the Western tradition and trains our eye to discover in them the Christian vision of God. She masterfully guides us through Sophocles, Plato, Augustine, Dante, Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky and many others, deftly demonstrating each author's worth as a bearer of truth.

Title:: In the Light of Christ : Writings in the Western Tradition


Categories: Essays, Criticism & Memoir,

Publisher: Ignatius Press: October 2006

ISBN Number:: 1586171070

ISBN Number: 13: 9781586171070

Binding:: Paper Back

Book Condition:: New

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