The Spiritual Robinsonades Of Literature

The Spiritual Robinsonades Of Literature

by Quentin R. Skrabec Jr.
     
 

In the world of the 1700s, great novels played the role of self-help, moral and religious books. That role, while overlooked, is still important today. The Robinsonade is a classical plot outline, which began with the novel Robinson Crusoe. The Robinsonade is a spiritual metaphor for the spiritual journey of brokenness and aloneness. The classical plot device is

Overview

In the world of the 1700s, great novels played the role of self-help, moral and religious books. That role, while overlooked, is still important today. The Robinsonade is a classical plot outline, which began with the novel Robinson Crusoe. The Robinsonade is a spiritual metaphor for the spiritual journey of brokenness and aloneness. The classical plot device is deeply rooted in the spirituality of the parables. In particular, we see the parable of the prodigal son and Christ's own experience in the desert as the spiritual basis for these great classics. Furthermore, these classical tales support the very principles found in our great social programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and twelve-step groups. This book offers a new look than that of the classics. It opens new spiritual insights and resources for the reader. Writers such as St. Augustine and C. S. Lewis have supported this potential of the classics to offer aid and perspective to our lives. The classics offer comfort for our brokeness and aloneness. Working in tandem with our faith, we can strengthen hope through the classics. In our brokenness and aloneness, we are offered the weakness that St. Paul said could be converted into strength. The classics acknowledge the great attraction of this condition. It is in journeys of many and the searching. The classics were written by men of faith and spirituality, which may explain why they have fallen out of favor in today's society. Still, there is a revival under way as people are going back to these old tales.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781413732689
Publisher:
Publish America
Publication date:
04/14/2005
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
0.46(w) x 8.50(h) x 5.50(d)

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