Pagan Foreshadowings

Myth Made Fact: Reading Greek and Roman Mythology Through Christian Eyes
by Louis Markos
Classical Academic Press, 2020
(420 pages, $27.99, hardcover)

Louis Markos has written a book unlike any other I have reviewed or read, and, apart from any consideration of its quality, I must say that I was immediately struck by the ingenuity of the idea. Inspired by C. S. Lewis's essay, "Myth Became Fact," Markos has undertaken to work out in practice the notion that Christianity is not discredited because it is mythical, like (for instance) classical paganism. The reason is that Christian "myths," unlike those of paganism, are . . .

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R. V. Young is Professor of English Emeritus at North Carolina State University, and a former editor of Modern Age: A Quarterly Review. His most recent book is a bilingual edition of Justus Lipsius's Concerning Constancy. He and his wife are parishioners at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Dunedin, Florida. They have five grown children, fifteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He is a contributing editor of Touchstone.

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