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Leland Ryken, American Educator ( - )

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The Puritans' sense of priorities in life was one of their greatest strengths. Putting God first and valuing everything else in relation to God was a recurrent Puritan theme.~Leland Ryken


Life God Greatest

For the Puritans, the God-centered life meant making the quest for spiritual and moral holiness the great business of life.~Leland Ryken


Life Business Spiritual

It is true that the Puritans banned all recreation on Sundays and all games of chance, gambling, bear baiting, horse racing, and bowling in or around taverns at all times. They did so, not because they were opposed to fun, but because they judged these activities to be inherently harmful or immoral.~Leland Ryken


Horse Fun Chance

Literature incarnates its meanings as concretely as possible. The knowledge that literature gives of a subject is the kind of knowledge that is obtained by (vicariously) living through an experience.~Leland Ryken


Knowledge Experience

In Puritan thinking, the Christian life was a heroic venture, requiring a full quota of energy.~Leland Ryken


Life Thinking Energy

The Bible is obviously a mixed book. Literary and nonliterary (expository, explanatory) writing exist side by side within the covers of this unique book.~Leland Ryken


Book Writing Unique

When you think about Puritanism, you must begin by getting rid of the slang term 'Puritanism' as applied to Victorian religious hypocrisy. This does not apply to seventeenth-century Puritanism.~Leland Ryken


You Think Hypocrisy

No group of people has been more unjustly maligned in the twentieth century than the Puritans. As a result, we approach the Puritans with an enormous baggage of culturally ingrained prejudice.~Leland Ryken


People Group Prejudice

Puritanism was a youthful, vigorous movement.~Leland Ryken


Movement Youthful Vigorous

Since God is the one who calls people to their work, the worker becomes a steward who serves God.~Leland Ryken


Work God People

The goal of Bible translation is be transparent to the original text - to see as clearly as possible what the biblical authors actually wrote.~Leland Ryken


Goal Bible See

The oldest theory of art belongs to the Greeks, who regarded art as an imitation (mimesis) of reality. The strength of that theory is that it explains the way in which art takes its materials from real life.~Leland Ryken


Life Art Strength

Writers themselves benefit from all helpful information about their task and methods. Readers, in turn, can have both their understanding and appreciation of literature enhanced by information about the writer's work.~Leland Ryken


Work Appreciation

Readers should aspire to what is excellent. They should refuse to read a substitute Bible. They should want a Bible that calls them to their higher selves - or to something higher than their current level of attainment.~Leland Ryken


Want Bible Should

With so many contradictory renditions of the biblical text, the public has lost confidence that we can actually know what the Bible says. It is an easy step from this skepticism to an indifference about what the Bible says.~Leland Ryken


Confidence Step Lost

The Puritans were obsessed with the dangers of wealth.~Leland Ryken


Wealth Obsessed Were

The Puritans removed organs and paintings from churches, but bought them for private use in their homes.~Leland Ryken


Churches Bought Use

There is a quiet revolution going on in the study of the Bible. At its center is a growing awareness that the Bible is a work of literature and that the methods of literary scholarship are a necessary part of any complete study of the Bible.~Leland Ryken


Work Revolution Literature

My claim is simply that the literary approach is one necessary way to read and interpret the Bible, an approach that has been unjustifiably neglected. Despite that neglect, the literary approach builds at every turn on what biblical scholars have done to recover the original, intended meaning of the biblical text.~Leland Ryken


Meaning Bible Way

Stressing the God-centered life can lead to an otherworldly withdrawal from everyday earthly life.~Leland Ryken


Life Everyday Lead

A Christian philosophy of literature begins with the same agenda of issues that any philosophy of literature addresses. Its distinctive feature is that it relates these issues to the Christian faith.~Leland Ryken


Faith Philosophy Christian