J.R.R Tolkien tells a story portrayed in a fantasy world that has deep roots into Christianity. No matter how hard some people fight, the key points and striking symbolism has its beginnings in the Bible. Yes you do see wizards, orcs, ents, and magic but don’t take that for face value. This is a story in which you have to remove the fantasy façade in order to get the true meaning of what the story teller wants you to know.
This influence was noticeable throughout all of the books in this series however it does not make the story automatically anything more then a great story. There are several basics of the Christian faith that C.S. Lewis believed and that are demonstrated in his writing. A few of the beliefs visible in these books are as follows: the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the creation of the world and evil entering the world after creation had occurred not at the same moment it was created, and that there will be an Antichrist who will war with the spiritual forces of good. When writing is influenced by a strong held belief it will show portions of this belief stronger where the author feels it stronger but this does not make mean the story is exactly like the belief held.
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...
Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy is set in a pre-Christian world. Hence it cannot adopt an explicit Christianity. Nonetheless it can, and does, shadow Christianity just as the Old Testament pre-shadowed the New, although admittedly Tolkien's is a post-view set as a pre-view. The Christian types to be found in The Lord of the Rings which we will examine are of two sorts: shared world view and shared symbols. The first category embraces such distinctly philosophical issues as good and evil, historical perspective, freewill and predestination, grace, mercy, providence, judgment and redemption.
Christian history is one of the first and most obvious reasons why some people dislike the Christian faith. Here we review some of the great tribulations of the “Christian” religion: evangelical movements in the Old and New worlds, Salem witch trials, Crusades, the Inquisition, and so on. In his essay “Why I Am Not a ... ... middle of paper ... .... 7:1-5). There is a way to judge without making people feel hated or rejected. Judge without malice or hate, and always communicate in a respectful, loving manner.
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.
Many people believe that Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe’s storyline and plot are based off of a Christian-based allegory; however, it is not. With the early childhood and teenage years of C.S. Lewis, the author of Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the story could be a reflection of his life. Lewis also had a fascination with mythology, which plays a key role in the making of the characters. Many think that Lewis’s Christian conversion is what inspired him to write Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
This is a logical fallacy because if the bible is known for its good stories and its good fables, but most of the book contains things that are frowned upon by god himself. In conclusion, Paine makes a good argument that the bible is wrong and the stories in it don’t make a lot of sense. He makes a god point about his religion being his mind and not what a book has to say or what preachers have to talk about to further the word of god. For me I grew up in a catholic family, went to catholic schools, and go to church every Sunday. These points make sense but I cant agree with Paine one hundred percent on this one.
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.
So, if you believe in your heart that what you are believing in is right than you will continue to do. That is the same idea that goes along with Methodist. This lead us one of our theologians who have raised some controversial issues when it came to Christianity David Strauss. Strauss raised and tried to solve in his work of The Life of Jesus Critically Examined were the historical questions concerning the origins of Christianity--questions which had been easily ignored by most theologians at his time. Strauss claimed that the study of the New Testament had been dominated either by supernaturalism or by naturalism in terms of biblical interpretation.