"It can surely be said that the poem is unique. For it is in many ways a book that teaches you the story of how you came to be reading the book. The subject of the poem is a tale of how the reader came to be fallen, and thus quite capable of utterly misreading Satan as a hero and God as a tyrant; and further, how mankind fell in Adam and is—mercifully—redeemed in the Second Adam." ~From Dr. Horner's worldview guide
The Worldview Guides from the Canon Classics Literature Series provide an aesthetic and thematic Christian perspective on the most definitive and daunting works of Western Literature. Each Worldview Guide presents the big picture (both the good and the bad) without neglecting the details. Each Worldview Guide is a friendly literary coach—and a treasure map, and a compass, and a key—to help teachers, parents, and students appreciate, critique, and begin to master the classics.
The bite-size WGs are divided into these ten sections (with some variation due to genre): Introduction, The World Around, About the Author, What Other Notables Said, Setting, Characters, & Plot Summary, Worldview Analysis, Quotables, 21 Significant Questions & Answers, and Further Discussion & Review.
A free classics test and answer key are also available here.
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Grant Horner is Associate Professor of Renaissance and Reformation Studies at The Master s University. He earned his M.A. at the University of Alabama and has done doctoral work at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University. He is the author of the best selling Meaning at the Movies. Grant is also one of just a few climbers to complete the notorious Nose route on El Capitan in less than 24 hours (and is the only one to have done so on his first visit to Yosemite Valley). Grant and his wife Joanne have three children and several grandchildren.
AUTHOR: Grant Horner
PAGE COUNT: 76 pages
ISBN 10: 1-95-241083-5
PUB. DATE: October 12, 2021
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Horner's concise guide helps us appreciate Milton's accomplishment in applying his classical learning, his Christian understanding, and his poetic gifts to the problem of evil.
Horner provides a good refutation of mistaken ideas about Milton that later critics introduced--that Milton was an Arminian, that he denied the Trinity, and that he made Satan the hero of his epic poem. I look forward to seeing Horner's forthcoming book, which should further develop his defense of Milton as an orthodox Calvinist Christian.
Overall, Horner has produced an excellent guide to Paradise Lost that will help me in my teaching of it this year. (I give it four stars, not five, because the epic poem itself is what deserves five stars!)
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