A Dirty Word
Relevance has become a controversial word in religious circles, but putting the religious issue on hold, I bring it up for two reasons.
#1 – Within the relevance discussion, someone (I can’t remember whom) said that excellence is always relevant.
#2 - In its strictest sense, the word simply refers to the ability to connect with or relate to something/someone.
From that, let’s make this jump….
How does literature arrive in the canon?
Typically the craftsmanship is excellent, and it involves an important/timeless subject/theme. (I’m referencing an English textbook by Sylvan Barnet and Hugo Bedau.)
Could we then argue that great literature is always relevant because it has both excellence and subject matter that is timeless, i.e. something readers will always relate to?
1) writing with excellence, and
2) presenting important enough subject matter that will stand the test of time.
I don’t know about you, but I think Apostolics can fit the bill. What do you think?