Christians are reminded that the victory can only be won by the Son of God; at best, they can only confirm their allegiance and obedience to God through their service. Throughout the poem Milton has tried to show two definitions of glory. The first lies in the assumption that war can bring glory to those who perform heroic deeds in its service. This is the view Satan holds, and is evidenced in his words to Abdiel, "But well thou com'st / Before thy fellows, ambitious to win / From me some plume" (vi, 159-161). The second defines glory not as something won, but something given.
He criticized Christianity because it promoted suffering and belittled the value of earthly life. Not only were Christians expected to accept suffering as the means to salvation (“Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin” (1 Peter 4:1)), but the Christian God accepted pain and allowed it to occur. Nietzsche saw this approach to “life” as a means of self-deception, since one is upholding a divine being who is responsible for this pain (and who may well not even exist) and one is disguising pain as happiness: “Rejoice that you participate in the suffering of Christ” (1 Peter 4:13). To him, Christianity was a “dangerous narcotic” (Genealogy of Morals, 3rd Essay, Section 17). With the formation of the Christian congregation, a community formed (which was, according to Nietzsche, implemented by the ascetic priest) that taught social equality.
An Essay on Man Alexander Pope's An Essay on Man is an attempt to vindicate, as Milton had attempted to justify, the ways of God to man. Both attempt to explain God to man, but come up with different conclusions. Milton states that man can overcome God's design through faith and decency. In contrast, Pope remarks that man must accept what life gives him without trying to change his fate. Milton seeks to "justify the ways of God to men" (Paradise Lost, 1.26) through example.
If both the good and the evil forces are equal, then how does one win? The text provides an answer by saying, “Like a man outlawed for wickedness, he must await the mighty judgement of God in majesty” (Greenblatt 976-980). They might be equally matched, however, nothing can compare to the, “mighty judgement of God in majesty”, and Beowulf has God’s favor on his side. Which according to the bible in the book of Psalms it says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (James Psalms 46:1). This further suggests that Beowulf is a Christian work, as the hero in the story is winning his battles based on the strength that he gains from God.
Theism believes that God is the giver of all wisdom and knowledge, while modernism comes from a more selfish point of view that knowledge is gained by oneself, through reason and logic. Axiology has a deep way of separating theism and modernism, because it shows what the true values of the time are. C.S. Lewis speaks about the values and the misguidance of modernism by writing, “One cause of misery and vice is always present with us in the greed and pride of men, but at certain periods in history this greatly increased by the temporary prevalence of some false philosophy”(Lewis 163). Modernisms view is about raising the status of ones self and envy what others have.
In a book “A Liberation Theology” writer Gustavo Gutierrez, Gustavo Gutierrez argues that salvation of both political and spiritual liberation, and that Christianity requires a preferential option for the poor. Also Gutierrez says that Liberation theology argues justification on the image of Jesus. Jesus is called “Christ the Liberator” because he was obedient to the father and attempted to end world suffering and was willing to die for his friends. The principles of Liberation Theology recognizes suffering to be a contradictory to God’s will and forces those to reflect on their actions behaviors and practices as a whole. Liberation theology must strive to make understanding of theological concepts and reform those that are unjust.
(Boice/Ryken, 135) The opposing belief, prevenient grace theory, believes that the fall of man wounded mankind and now they have to choose for themselves to accept the free gift of salvation, but the Calvinists believe that the fall of man killed them because of their sin. (Theopedia) The Calvinists refer to the verse Ephesians 2:1 which states... ... middle of paper ... ...heart, they may need that one last push or the different perspective a Christian could give them to lead them into Christ’s open arms. Works Cited Boice, James Montgomery, and Philip Graham Ryken. The Doctrines of Grace: Rediscovering the Evangelical Gospel. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2002.
John Proctor can be considered the savior of Salem, he can be considered Jesus in that story. His name was important as it was the main reason why he decided to die with dignity instead of live for a lie; but what is the symbolism behind his name? What is conscience and why does John Proctor struggle with his? Conscience can be defined as the awareness of right and wrong. In the Crucible, conscience orbits around Christian beliefs, meaning that people judged their own consciousness thinking religiously.
Innocence Lost by Nathaniel Hawthorne My Kinsman, Major Molineux and Young Goodman Brown present Nathaniel Hawthorne’s belief in the universality of sin. These works provide numerous perspectives into the nature of the human condition and the individual’s role within it. Hawthorne fictionalizes a world where communion with man is essential for spiritual satisfaction. The main characters of these stories face moral dilemmas through their pursuit of human communion. Whether the problems are moral, psychological, or both, Hawthorne insists that the individual must come to affirm a tie with the procession of life, must come to achieve some sense of brotherhood of man.