Achilles and Aeneas, Arthur and Ephesians

Achilles’ shield tells of Achilles. Aeneas’ shield tells of the glory of Rome. Both are shields that glorify man and are trustworthy in themselves. The shield of Arthur in his fight with Ogoglio (pride and the seven-headed Beast) in the Faerie Queene is knocked to the ground, and is about to be slain but in his fall to the ground, his shield is unveiled and it shines with heaven’s sun, blinding pride and toppling him and the Whore of Babylon, Duessa, from her stoop. Arthur gets up and finishes the job. Arthur’s shield is not described to recount his deeds or his people’s deeds as a result of his deeds. His shield, in unveiling, reflects light to kill pride. The shield is merely the reflector of another’s light. This is precisely what our faith is. A shield, according to Ephesians 6, this shield quenched the fiery darts of the evil one. This shield reflects forth the light of Another and slays our pride, exposing it (and its foster-father ignorance) and enabling us to slay it with the sword of the Spirit. Faerie Queene is amazing and devotionally edifying!

    • Margaret
    • January 25th, 2011

    Thanks for your insights and help regarding Spencer!

    • Jessica
    • January 26th, 2011

    Great connection to one’s spiritual walk. Very insightful.

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