“Epic” is a favorite byword of a certain younger generation. Their use of it is ironic, since part of the definition of “epic” is length and a great degree of difficulty, exactly things that the aforementioned generation tends to avoid. Except for maybe a lengthy movie, they might handle that. But a book or poem of exceptional length, forget it. And something that requires some effort to understand also finds their interest waning fast.
The greatest epic of all — which is no myth, fiction, or made-up story — is the divine project of man’s salvation. This epic spans not only millennia, but the beginning and end of time, as well as the fringes of eternity. Its heroes are both divine and human. Its plot weaves the ambiguities and staggerings of man into the sovereignty of God. Continue reading “Epic”