Lecture Notes: Lesson 3The Importance of the Study of Literature to the Christian
Church history provides much evidence for an antipathy and hostility on the
part of Christians toward literature.
The early Church
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Secular antipathy is also now growing against the study of literature.
The apotheosis (i.e., raising to the level of a god) of technology
The drift of liberal arts institutions toward vocational education
Economic pressures on the humanities (i.e., the argument of utilitarianism)
The drift toward an illiterate society
Arguments can be raised, however, in favor of the study of literature as a legitimate Christian pursuit.
A rescue from the trap of mindless amusement
A wealth of insight into the plight of our world and the needs of our
A hermeneutic aid to Bible study (N.B.—Christianity is a book religion. The Bible is a work of literature, and an understanding of literature increases our understanding of Scripture.)
A sharpening of our own theological focus
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D. H. Lawrence
G. B. Shaw
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