Lessons To Learn

We are fascinated by stories of knights and princes, of dragons and damsels in distress. They carry us away to distant lands and magical kingdoms. They, of course, are fanciful and make believe…aren’t they? It all depends on our definitions. Kings don’t have to wear crowns, and kingdoms don’t always have walls. Damsels don’t always live in towers or wear flowing chiffon.

Then there are the dragons. While they may not be fierce and fire-breathing, they still roam the land. Some are bold and threatening, flaunting their presence. Others are invisible or choose to hide in the shadows. They challenge every soul chosen to walk the Earth’s surface. They cannot be ignored. They will either conquer or be conquered. No middle ground exists. Dragon Slayers is a story of contemporary dragons—dragons of one’s own making—dragons of pride and control—powerful forces, indeed.

Ruthie Hunter, a grad student at Central State, is a contemporary damsel. A routine thesis paper leads her on a journey into her very soul—a journey that threatens her beliefs as well as her life. Missing all the warning signs, she is unprepared for the danger that lies beyond the door she has opened.

Meanwhile, on the opposite side of town, another adventure is taking shape. Joe Kerr, a teacher at Madison High, overhears a conversation that brings him face to face with the “Network,” a power-seeking underground organization of informants loyal to the President.

As Joe and Ruthie’s paths cross, they discover the common thread that has woven their lives and their misfortunes together. Eventually, they learn that their “adventures” are directly related to the nation’s recent catastrophe.

These are some of the questions answered in “Dragon Slayers:”

• Where will any honest, open-minded search for truth ultimately lead a person?

• How is postmodernism in direct opposition to America’s establishment as a Democratic Republic?

• Why is understanding a person’s world view essential in changing his mind?

• How will college freshmen likely encounter anti-Christian postmodern teaching?

• How are most colleges doing in teaching students to think critically and to form their own opinions?

• To what degree does the average college student know what he believes and why he believes it?

• What has “tolerance” come to mean in our postmodern world?

• What happens to a nation when absolute truth is rejected?

• What role does “Promise Keepers” play in combating postmodern thinking?

• What are the consequences of ideas that deny truth?