A common question asked of classical Christian educators is why we should read the pagans. If you had to buy one book to help you answer this question, this is it. Markos, one of the most exciting Christian writers today, explains how Homer, Hesiod, the Greek dramatists, and Virgil foreshadowed the Christian revelation. Markos joins his voice with that of J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and G. K. Chesterton—not to mention St. Augustine—in arguing that a knowledge of the pagan classics not only does not undermine Christian belief, but bolsters it. Markos shows how the imaginations of these great classical writers both foreshadow and find their fulfillment in the Christian revelation.
Originally published in The Classical Teacher Winter 2014 edition