Surmising from the facts in this essay it ca be said that without bronze age religion homers stories would be very different if they even existed at all. the theory that homer was multiple people can even further show how far the effects of religion have on a culture because if he was in fact multiple people then "they" were all influenced by the same religion and culture. religion can be a controversial topic when being compared to fictional writings but the effects of religion spread deep into every aspect of a culture including writing so a cultures authors should be no exception.
Most liberal Christians refer to Greek and Hebrew versions of the Bible. They are usually the ones who interpret Bible verses different from Christians and sometimes it is in the support of homosexuality. Liberal Christians are often the ones who believe homosexuality is a normal sin; one that can be forgiven like any other sin, repenting. First, many things in the Bible aren’t clear about homosexuality in the Bible. Many believe a sodomite, is a homosexual in the Bible, which is why some verses aren’t clear an... ... middle of paper ... ...f the movement, it has never moved to accept homosexuality.
This first piece of information confused people immensely. Some found it hard to believe that a Pagan legend would be left in the hands of someone who worshiped Christianity to scribe it on paper for all the read. The Christian speculations that many encompassed are justifiable because of the various Christian references and elements that can be decoded and interpreted within the text. An example of this within the poem is the reference of the biblical figure Cain being a related figure to the despise...
I was aware than many of the Greek philosophers before Christ had turned from poly-theism to some sort of “impersonal” force or God, yet this was more far reaching across ancient society than I suspected. Traditional religion was not revived in the time of Julian, although he attempted to present such a view. The one phrase in the book that clarified and haunts me was this one: The gods were no longer needed (242). Since the old gods and the T... ... middle of paper ... ... has been deeply rooted in Christianity and influenced by Christianity. This is primarily reflected in our laws that attempt to create all equal, although we know this is not the reality, yet it is before us; but, the part of the book that haunts me: The gods were no longer needed.
In our current day and age, there are many religions as the chart above shows. Some of which may appear similar. These religions may be superficially the same; however, they have very distinct doctrinal differences. For example two religions may believe in a heaven and a hell, but the way correct way they think to get to heaven can be completely different. There are also many religions who believe in Jesus as the son of God; other beliefs say that he was just a mere man or a prophet.
As a reaction, many who wanted to maintain the uniqueness of the Bible argues either that there were no real parallels between the accounts or that the Genesis narratives were written first and the Babylonian myth borrowed from the biblical account” (Bratcher “When on High…”). This argument about the authenticity has gone on for years and will continue to go on. In light of their dispute, this paper will be an attempt to analyze the similarities of the gods in different civilizations that these creation stories focus on. It will discuss the similarities of creation myths in three diverse cultures; Hebrew, Babylonian, and Sumerian. Cultural function and values promote significant differences as well as which point to changes in the universal themes of “creation.” It will discuss the probability that one creation story was the main source for the authors of the other creation stories to derive their works from.
You had the religious intellectuals who were well educated, and they “defended the pagan works,” (Perry, p.171). You also had those who thought this learning would lead to corruption and chaos among the two religions. Christianity, in the end, “preserved the intellectual tradition of Greece,” and the views of the Christian intellectuals were overwhelmingly supported, but the Greco-Roman teachings on philosophical matters went through a series of transformations, in order to keep in accordance with the Christian faith (Perry, p.171). Islam, in some cases, took similar actions as Christianity did, in preserving its people’s faith and understanding in regard to their own belief system. However, Islam also took different direction in involving Greco-Roman culture, as well as combining these practices with the aestheticism of l... ... middle of paper ... ...ilosophy could turn away Christians and give them blasphemous thoughts against God, that the reasoning could create heresies among the Christian population who learned such knowledge.
Regardless, the Greeks and Hebrews shared the same desire and that was to find answers to questions about existence and the purpose of life. The character and functionality of the Greek gods vary from god to god. Zeus was the chief of the Greek gods and considered the most powerful. This may be a bit misleading because even though he held the highest rank, the lesser gods did not always submit to his authority. The lesser gods did things at times that they knew would go against the wishes of Zeus.
Myths and religious doctrine are generally recognized as two entirely different things. Myths are usually referred to as a fictitious story or a half-truth; often they are stories shared between groups of people that are part of a cultural society. Religion is a set of beliefs concerning the cause, and purpose of the universe, and often containing an ethical code dictating appropriate human conduct. Although they differ in certain aspects, they still hold similarities. Comparable to parables within the Bible, myths have different versions which are both motivating, as well as entertaining.
Eventually this created monotheism which is the belief in just a single God hence Christianity, Judaism but it's not that Mythology has died off. More that Greek mythology is slowly dying down but not being forgotten. These religions that are new have myths as well, for example the story about Jesus Christ in the Bible and many of the other exploits from it. Myths grant meanings that teaches people who they are and where they belong on Earth, but above all, it gives somebody a reason for life and takes away the isolation and meaningless of it