Monday, February 7, 2011

On the enduring appeal of Bible stories (Ryken)

These stories are both factually realistic and romantically marvelous. They bring together two impulses that the human race is trying to join—reason and imagination, fact and mystery. The stories of the Bible nourish our need for both down-to-earth reality and the more-than-earthly. They appeal both to that part of us that is firmly planted on earth and to that part of us that soars to the heavens.

Quote from Leland Ryken, Words of Delight: A Literary Introduction to the Bible (Baker, 1992) p. 39

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