“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3) Christian tradition and thought embodied in art and literature is strongly heroic. Actions of great men and women are celebrated at full volume. These accounts usually possess elements of universal significance—such as courage, faith and wisdom. However, the way they are read and recounted can serve to further separate the written word from the realms of ordinary, everyday living. This can lead Christianity to be viewed as an “other worldly philosophy”—whose constituents seem to have abandoned this world in favor of a “hope” that is detached from the present realities.