In the end though, it is a story that was created by an author who held strong Christian beliefs and allowed his faith to be an influencing factor in his writing. Lewis never said it was suppose to be an allegory and line up perfectly. He just wanted to suppose for a little while about another world named Narnia. Works Cited C.S. Lewis, Voyage of the Dawn Treader p.270 C.S.
JK Rowling could have never imagined in 1990 when the thought of Harry Potter first appeared to her, how much this fictional character would capture the hearts of readers all over the world. Similarly, Tolkien’s Series The Lord of The Rings has had a resounding effect on its readers, some even going so far as to learn the Elven language that Tolkien himself created. Both of these fantasy works, though incredibly different, are very similar in regards to their Christian themes and underlying message they read. Probably more debatable by fans is whether or not the Harry Potter series is a Christian work, let alone if it even carries Christian themes and undertones. Many within both the evangelical and non-religious world seem to be offended at such a thought as this.
Though the conversion did not come easily, Christianity held a variety of appealing ideas for Augustine that influenced how he viewed the world in which he lived. In turn, the late conversion of Augustine allowed for his non-Christian experiences and study to have a strong effect on how he viewed orthodox Christianity and the number of heresy-sects of Christianity that continued to thrive during his lifetime. His education also created a unique view for Augustine concerning the use of pagan philosophies in Christian doctrine. Finally, all of the experiences and views of Saint Augustine eventually had a profound influence on orthodox Christian doctrine and philosophy. Augustine was actually born a Christian and taught Christian doctrine by his mother Monica while still young.
These allusions to Christian faith could lead a critic to assume that Beowulf is a Christian allegory. Critics who read the poem in this way often call Beowulf a Christ figure because he is a savior to his people. However, if the poem was really meant to be read in this way, I think that Beowulf would have been ultimately triumphant and would have survived his fight with the dragon. I do not claim to be a Biblical scholar but I can not remember any stories from the Bible where Christ did any killing or boasting.
C.S. Lewis is the author of the popular book series: The Chronicles of Narnia. In The Chronicles of Narnia, Lewis utilizes the understandings of Augustine as well as his own understandings of myths to help better explain concepts of Christianity for younger generations. Despite C.S. Lewis’s claims, The Chronicles of Narnia qualifies as an allegory due to the way the characters and events in the book series are portrayed similar to those in biblical text.
There are many Christian believers out there that consider the bible to be a collection of all the pieces of writing from Jesus’s disciples about all of his teachings. However, to others, the bible, Jesus, and the Lord are considered a myth. One Christian believer named C. S. Lewis, is most well known for his famous novel series, The Chronicle of Narnia. When someone reads the book series or watches the movies, they may just see a magnificent fantasy world full of mystical creatures and war. The series may be seen as having no real purpose of being created other than to entertain the audience.
Fate is a necessary element in these people's lives so that they can have some means of justifying aspects of their existence. However, the fatal agents in the works differ; in looking at this, one must keep in mind that the three works were written in vastly different time periods, for different audiences, and for different purposes. Beowulf was intended to convert people to Christianity. It cannot be a true story, since it takes place in the sixth century (Raffel, 150), four centuries before Christianity came to Scandinavia. (Creed, 141) Most scholars agree that it was written by a Christian, in order to show how the belief in God can overcome evil.
Many critics have argued the Christian symbolism in the Grapes of Wrath many times. What they haven’t looked at in the formalist perspective is that Steinbeck didn’t want us to only see the Christian meaning in the book but also the spiritual meanings too. Anyone can point out the connections to Grapes of Wrath and the Bible but John Steinbeck didn’t want us to only see those, he wanted to take us on a spiritual journey to be able to come to the realization that Christianity is not only about going through the motions like going to church, praying, and reading the Bible, but it is okay to think and question to start a fire within us like Tom Joad finds at the end of the book before he leaves his family. Most of the spiritual out comings are shown in the beginning of the book to point the reader into the right direction on the spiritual journey by starting with Tom Joad coming back from jail to go and find his family Tom runs in to Jim Casy the old preacher who stopped being a preacher after some time away. Throughout the book we follow them on their voyage to the west with the Joad family as both Tom and Casy come to more conclusions in their faith.
Due to the intertwining ideas of wyrd and the will of God, the distinct ideals of the afterlife, and conflicting views of the entity, Beowulf epitomizes the attempts by Christian monks to turn the parable into a Christian novel; however, these efforts proved mixed. In the end, the poem shows efforts to proselytize pagan worshipers by the Church, but those endeavors remained inconsequential until the Christianization of the world.
It was believed that the Christian God was the one true God, so the Romans couldn’t understand why this God didn’t protect them like he shoul... ... middle of paper ... ... Martin Luther had trouble controlling his tongue, and John Calvin was believed to fight the battle of faith with weapons of the world. However, all three of these men will always be remembered for their ideas, beliefs, and philosophies set forth to transform Christianity as a religion. Each one of these men transformed Christianity in a particular and unique way. Augustine taught salvation from God with Luther’s ideas on the Word and Calvin’s ideas on Scripture. These men transformed Christianity during their time and shaped Christianity for Christians for years to come.