A stimulating read. It prompted me to go to my bookshelf and retrieve Andre Gide’s Two Legends: Oedipus / Theseus. Both are re-tellings of the classic Greek stories, Theseus being the one that applies here… the slaying of the Minotaur and the story of Icarus, about whom I once wrote a poem… “Like Icarus I have flown too high…”
Like great poetry, the myths offer up many layers of meaning for those who meditate thereon. Gide’s version of Theseus is told in first person, and it is wonderful, should be sought out if you are unfamiliar with it.
Early on Theseus declares that “nothing great, nothing of value and nothing that will last can be got without effort.”
The tale is littered with beautiful ideas, and also humorous — even hilarious — moments as well. The central thread tying all is the labyrinth and the Minotaur, but the chapters outline each successive encounter with the various players… including Daedalus and Icarus.
Bringing Jung and Seth Godin into your own narrative proved interesting, and I’d not remembered the admonition to Icarus to avoid flying too low. New food for thought.
I don’t agree with your oversimplification here: “Indeed, the whole tendency of Christian scholarship is to protect the people from an intimate relationship with God.” The circles I’ve been in would stipulate that the letter of the law is dead but that intimacy with God is life. It may be that Christian scholars who intend to find intimacy with God try so hard to define it that they get lost in the fog of their own ideas. I do not know, and fear I would also be oversimplifying were I to pronounce that as a fact.
Thanks for the stimulating read.