This is a book review of Sacred Scripture, Sacred War written by James P. Byrd. In his book Byrd analysis how the ministers during the period of the Revolution, the use of key scriptures to install and the sense that this war was to be fought under divine providence. Byrd used a large amount of wartime sources, and biblical citation, to address how these sacred scriptures were used to lead to this sacred war. The American Revolution. Paine understanding how the cause of patriotism would need” a dose This is a book review of Sacred Scripture, Sacred War, written by James P. Byrd.
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all have historical eschatologies. Eschatology in the Hebrew Scriptures sees the tragedies that surrounded the people of Israel as due to their insubordination to the laws and willpower of God and embraces that conformity to God's plan will result in rejuvenation and the accomplishment of God's aim. In Christianity, the conclusion of times are said to have originated with the life and preaching of Jesus, the Messiah who will come back to institute the Kingdom of God. Millennialism has special focus on Christ's second coming and the reign of the righteous on earth. In Shi'ite Islam it is understood that the Mahdi, or restorer of the faith, will come to initiate the last judgment, in which the good will enter heaven and the evil will go to hell.
The first circle of Hell, known as Limbo, Dante knows and sees people who are unbaptized, also many philosophers and wise poets of the ancient world are in this part of Hell. This is where the souls of people who have not chosen Christianity, but have done good deeds in their lifetime, are condemned. Limbo translates to mean waiting period. These souls are waiting for liberation. Here, we also find major characters of the Hebrew bible, “who- according to Christian theology- were liberated by Jesus following his crucifiction”
The success of his poem lies in the fact that he skillfully combined classic epic tradition with strongly held Puritan Christian beliefs. In Paradise Lost, Milton uses many conventions of the classic epic, including an invocation of the Muse, love, wa, a solitary voyage, heroism, the supernatural and mythical allusion. Milton writes, "Sing, Heavenly Muse, that on the secret top of Oreb, or of Sinai, didst inspire that shepard who first taught the chosen seed in the beginning how the heavens and earth rose out of Chaos." Here he invokes the traditional muse of the epic, yet in the same sentence he identifies the muse as a Christian being and asks him to sing of Christian tales. A central theme of Paradise Lost is that of the deep and true love between Adam and Eve.
1 As Christ himself foretold in the book of Matthew, “the elect will enjoy the eternal bliss prepared for them from the foundation of the world” , while the damned will be condemned to the “everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” 2. Bosch depicted this identifiable scene of Christian lore in a triptych using his unique style. In The Last Judgement, Bosch combined one of the most identifiable scenes of Christianity with a painting style that was unique during the Renaissance. Starting with the central panel, we see the scene of the Judgment itself. Christ, being the central figure of this panel, is descending from heaven onto the earthly world.
The apocalyptic literature are the recorded visions given to believers and they are used to warn people of the impending doom of the world. The bible takes different approaches to the same topic in order to make the message fully know. One of the approach being looked at is a more general synopsis of the end. While some scholars say the book of Joel is divided into two parts “historical part one and an apocalyptic part two” while others believe “there is unity in Joel” (Robinson, p 22). However Joel is divided it is believed, more often than not, that the end of Joel is apocalyptic literature.
Early leaders of this movement, like Alister Crowley, with whom Yeats was associated with considered themselves Satanists in this right since Christians equate the spirit of the world with the devil. Yeats was certainly a Christian at some point in his life and makes allusions to Christian faith in “The Second Coming”, which would indicate that he lends some credence to it, so we can assume that he took the Satanist point of view. As the world turned towards paganism so did Yeats. The poem, while on one level is an earnest description of the change that is occurring to mankind, it is also an earnest illustration of his change to paganism. The opening eight lines illustrate the strife Yeats had seen in his lifetime from a Christian point of view.
These ancient literature goes into elaborate detail about the horrors Hell provides. The Inferno of Dante goes into detail that there is a hell and the levels inside it are different tortures people have to endure for committing a specific crime. In Virgil’s Aeneid, it gives a description of the Elysium. The Elysium is where the heroic and virtuous go to live blessedly and happily. The idea of an afterlife is one of the main factors in why today’s society attends church and worships God.
This theme of death and rebirth is present in the poem Journey of the Magi, which, I will argue, is structurally and internally divided into three stages; corresponding to the Sacrament of Penance: contrition (guilt), confession and satisfaction. To understand this poem, one has to understand the impact that Christ had on the World. At the time of his birth, however, the known world was not stable; people worshipped many gods, and we get a full description of the way life was by the Magus who narrates his story of their journey to Bethlehem to witness the end of an era and the birth of a new one. According to the Oxford Dictionary of the Bible, "contrition is a penitent’s spiritual sorrow for the sins he has committed, and it necessarily includes hatred for such sins, as well as the determination to avoid them in the future." In the first stanza, this "spiritual sorrow" is apparent by the contrast Eliot uses, of the Magi’s difficult journey. In fact, the central focus of criticism has been on the journey; the "cold coming" (line 1) during "the worst time of the year" (line 2), emphasising the climatic statement of the stanza: "A hard time we had of it" (line 16).
While Lewis is walking he meets George MacDonald who aids him in his journey through heaven. MacDonald tells Lewis that this journey is a dream, which will make clear to him that souls have a choice between Heaven and Hell and what that choice is. Lewis, at first, is unable to understand why the lost souls must be damned. However, he is finally persuaded that Hell is the only merciful solution for the lost souls. Passing by many sad spectacles of people from Hell, Lewis begins to understand, with the help of MacDonald, that these people must throw away everything and commit their lives to Christ.