A Defense Against Anti-intellectualism?

As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. (Daniel 1:17 ESV)

When someone tells me that I should stay away from any literature or philosophy that isn’t blatantly Christian, I’m going to ask their thoughts on this verse. Also, if I don’t have an awareness of the culture through its arts and humanities, how can I successfully engage it with the Gospel? Didn’t Jesus do it? Didn’t Paul do it?