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In the Light of Christ: Writings in the Western Tradition

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In The Light Of Christ - Writings in the Western Tradition by Lucy Beckett 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 ...more
Paperback, 648 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Ignatius Press (first published October 30th 2006)
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M Christopher
Oct 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
The problems with this book start with the title. "In Light Of Christ" promises to be a review of some of the great works of Western Lit "in light of Christ;" that is, how did the work and message of Jesus influence the authors in their work or how did the work of pre-Christian authors foreshadow the Christ event. Alas, while the concepts are well-applied to those Greek and Roman works, the chapters on works written during the Christian era rapidly reveal Lucy Beckett's unspoken agenda. Rather t ...more
Ruth Paszkiewicz
May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Phew. This was a monster of a book. So much interesting information, well presented and researched, but certainly not for the mildly interested.
In the light of Christ, through the lens of St Augustine - this is a fantastic book of Christian literary criticism from the Ancient Greeks to modern times. The works covered are extraordinary and sometimes surprising and cover a good range of nationalities within Western culture. I now have a to-read list almost as long as the book, based on the introdu
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Janette
May 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
My brother recommended this travel through Western literature from the ancient Greeks to T.S. Eliot, tracing the Augustinian Catholic tradition from those who influence Augustine, through the man himself, and then those he influenced. Interesting and enjoyable.
Stephen Gregg
Aug 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A rather powerful survey of literature from Aeschylus to Czeslaw Milosz, from a thoroughly Christian, Augustinian perspective.
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