The question of how Christians should engage culture is one which garners diverse opinions from people of faith. Many argue that we should participate in our culture. Sometimes, this means conceding to whatever has been deemed fashionable by society. Then there are those who do not see the value of engaging with culture, echoing Tertullian’s question, “What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?”
The answer to these questions in their totality is complex. However, one interesting literary relationship can shed light on it: The Gospel of Mark’s use of Homer’s Odyssey.