Medea is in existential peril. As a fugitive in a foreign land, with only her own resources to depend on, set against the power of a reigning monarch, Medea meets the criteria of the classical hero. Medea has traveled far, risked everything, and endured terrible hardship, only to be forced to the brink […]Read more "Medea, In Her Role as a Hero – Part VII"
Part VI When Creon, king of Corinth issues the decree of exile against Medea, Jason comes to her and attempts to convince her to change her mind by seeking the pardon of the king and agreeing to his terms. Jason has no intention of going into exile with her. Jason argues that […]Read more "Medea, In Her Role as a Hero – Part VI"
Everyone who enters into marriage places themselves under the governance of Hera, the goddess of marriage, wife to Zeus, queen of Olympus and all the gods. By swearing to the vows of marriage, Jason binds himself to Medea forever. He swears to Hera who had been his constant benefactor, to uphold the trust […]Read more "Medea, In Her Role as a Hero – Part V"
Medea’s support of Jason allows him to secure the Golden Fleece. At that moment, with the fleece in their possession, Medea, Jason, and the surviving Argonauts are fugitives. They are deep in enemy territory, and their situation appears hopeless. Once again, the prime mover of the succeeding events is Medea. She devises a plan […]Read more "Medea, In Her Role as a Hero – Part IV"
In the opening scene of Medea, the audience is informed of the conflict that is at the heart of the play. The narrative is delivered by the woman who serving as wet-nurse to Jason and Medea’s children, she tells us that Jason has betrayed his wife and offspring, by seeking the bed of a […]Read more "Medea, In Her Role as a Hero – Part II"
It is wrong to deny women and men the freedom to be married. It is wrong and Un-American. It is inhuman, against humanity. There is a continuing struggle over civil liberties and human rights in our culture, and around the world. It is a struggle that divides Americans at every level; in our governments, in […]Read more "On the Freedom to Marry – Collected Parts"
As a Christian theologian and historian, I can tell you that the scriptures do not contain very much reference material on homosexuality. There are a few mentions of it, and I grant that the references which are there, do condemn homosexuality. However, it should be noted that the scriptures condemn all sexuality outside of wedlock […]Read more "On the Freedom to Marry – Part XVII"