In Beowulf, we see into a moment in the process of converting pagan poetic culture into Christian culture, a process incomplete in the text of the poem, and perhaps forever incomplete in the real world.
The image of the self-reliant, single-minded, goal-oriented American defiantly destroyed in the quest to slay a mythical beast far from home on the great frontier of the open ocean has become a cultural icon—as inspiration and warning.
The chief danger of naivete is not that malicious men will destroy us, but that they will make us like them.
The student of Latin and Greek classics had opportunity to reflect on the entire breadth of things that had engaged man, from theology to farming to poetry to medicine, in a continuous written record over thousands of years.
History is pushed along by God and He deals with people either as believers or unbelievers.
What force on earth can be found that answers for the sins of the past, recalls the dead to life, and promises a better future?