Percy Jackson & The Olympians

Percy Jackson & The Olympians

Rick Riordan masterfully relocates a Greek mythological world into twenty-first century America.  Percy Jackson, the son of Poseidon, leads the heroic charge throughout the five books against the rise of the Titan, Kronos.  This story is full of monster flaying, demon slaying, and demigod fighting; there is even a love story that weaves its way through the books.  With wit and humor Riordan beckons his readers to delve deeper into world that many thought ended with the Greek and Roman empires.  I highly recommend this series; indeed, it is a fun read for all ages!

On another note, as I read this series I was reminded of how peoples, ancient and modern, have sought to explain this world apart from the Triune God of Creation.  The story compelled me to revisit the early chapters of the biblical narrative (especially Genesis 1-3) in which the Scripture paints a vastly different picture of God.  For one, God is singular, not plural, he alone rules over the creation at the beginning as he speaks the universe into existence (Gen 1:1); this is a truth repeated throughout the Scripture (Deut 6:4; Mark 12:29).  Additionally, in contrast to mythological gods like Zeus and Kronos who clamor for power and fear their own demise the Scripture teaches that the God of the Bible alone is sovereign, omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent.  He alone rules over the chaotic waters at the beginning of the world (Gen 1:2) and his enemies are no match for him at the beginning of the New Creation (Rev 20:10).  Once again, fiction is a helpful medium that enables careful readers to think more deeply about the biblical narrative and the story all Christians are called into in Christ (Eph 2:13).

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