Although the unknown author of Beowulf develops the main protagonist to represent both paganism and Christianity, the ideals conflict and create a unique epic poem. Throughout the story, the reader sees a mix of Christian and pagan ideals telling a story of an epic hero. Because the reader cannot decipher whether he is pagan or Christian, it is only logical to assume he represents both. The author develops Beowulf to speak as if the two religions work together to create one. Although it is hard for the reader to understand, Beowulf seems to understand exactly what he believes in.
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...
After reading about the author’s fascination with the situation in which the less religious group accepted Jesus as the son of God willingly whereas the supposed higher tier of society, deeply religious Pharisees were unable to recognize Jesus as the Messiah I can speculate a number of things. One of which is that the author is curious and reads into things in hopes of finding a pattern since they distinguished two different groups of people during the time and searched until they found a similarity. I can also ascertain that whoever wrote this reflection on the bible is a believer in Jesus being the son of God since they reference Jesus in the introduction as “the son of God” and in the closing paragraph indicate that the Pharisees did not recognize the messiah which shows that they believe Jesus was the Messiah. It also appears to me that the author of this passage may have some doubt or at least lacks clarity in the full account of the story on why the Pharisees condemned Jesus. I say this because they talk about how it doesn’t make sense why that group of people would be so quick to rule out the possibility that Jesus was who he claimed to be and that the very idea doesn’t make
The Christian Perspective in An Essay on Man Some might argue that Alexander Pope's "An Essay on Man" presents the viewpoint of a deist. Others might claim that the poem fails to exhibit Christian concepts of good and evil, especially since the poet concludes his first epistle with the seemingly unchristian claim that "whatever IS, is Right" (I. 1. 294). Yet Pope's arguments actually reflect a traditional Christian perspective, which can be verified by comparing his poem with New Testament teachings.
A schism is defined by Hastings as “a doctrinal departure from the true faith of the church, implying a separation from its communion” (343). Painter breaks everything down by stating “in 1-2 john the references is to those who deny that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, and thus identified with false prophets and deceivers. The power of such people comes from the devil, who is the model and source of the antichrist. The tradition of the coming of the antichrist, was known to the readers of 1 John through the reading of his letter; ‘even as you have heard, antichrist is coming’ (2:18). The interpretation of the situation which lead to the schism of those who refused to confess Jesus Christ having come in flesh (2:22 and 4:1-3) seems to have been the work of 1-2 John.
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.
It is doubtful that someone with Coleridge's Christian background and faith could fail to see here an analogy with God who loved his son who loved the men that killed him. Another example of symbolism is the fact that the albatross is hung around the Mariner's neck like a crucifix. Event the "cross" in "cross-bow" hints at the murder of Jesus, which logically paces the albatross as a symbol for Christ. It is thought that Coleridge deliberately created these symbols and images with Christian meaning in mind. The apocalyp... ... middle of paper ... ...t Mariner" is not a direct religious sermon, but there are many strong references to the Christian religion throughout the poem, which stem from Coleridge's own religious beliefs.
Chapter five is titled “How Can a Loving God Send People to Hell?” Critics of Christianity find it hard to understand why God would condemn people to eternal suffering. Keller’s response is that God does not chose to send people to Hell, people chose to live a life separate from God. Chapter six discusses the topic of science and Christianity. The argument that is brought is that science has disproved the need for Christianity. Keller responds by saying that Christianity does not have to be at war with science, and that a person can believe in both
Most of the differences between these two influential pieces of literature are superficial details. Christian followers have denied their admiration for The Flood of Gilgamesh, because of its insensitivity and polytheistic beliefs. However, in order for a culture to develop and evolve, it must take influence from others of the past. This is inevitably why the two stories are so similar, although have differences within the broad category. The only way to truly differentiate them was to alter minor details, only with the intention of providing proof of originality to the Genesis.
Which raises a question: how does one really know there are no losses believing in God? Pascal fails to mention other types of religion because his argument is based on a Christian God. What if an atheist loving God existed? One may argue that there may be more to lose; therefore, he/she will oppose Pascal’s Wager due to the fact that there may be more than one God. In today’s modern world, there are believers as well as non-believers who constantly question the existence of God.