Lebanon is the perfect example of this diversity for it contains these three religions along with all their subgroups. Although the situation is mostly calm and people are accepting of each... ... middle of paper ... ...this is how Christians “oppose abortion, stem cell research, and pre- or extramarital sex because these practices are ethically wrong” (Habermas, 2008, P.817) yet fail to oppose many immoral acts taking place around the world from the starvation of millions to certain wars led by their countries and resulted in the death of innocence. So in a sense religion lead individuals to miss-rank things on their priority list. Works Cited Berger, P. L. (2012). Further Thoughts on Religion and Modernity.
Biblical attitudes toward homosexuality are often reduced to strict condemnation based upon passages interpreted from the Old Testament Book of Genesis, though some scholars suggest that the description of same-sex relationships as “unnatural” only means “out of the ordinary” and not “immoral” (Pickett). Therefore, Christianity began shaping the world and how we see homosexual relationships today. As the belief of Christianity spread discrimination towards the gay community continued to grow. Discrimination, of gay marriage, can be found in religions and laws. Today, in the 21st century, gay couples face marriage discrimination from religions, mostly from Christianity.
It wasn’t until the Christopher Marlow’s play, The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Dr. Faustus was performed that humanity was first introduced to the idea of selling their souls to the devil. Unfortunately, in the day and age we currently live in, many people interpret things in a very literal manner, which in turn can cause some of the horrifying, satanic events that we may hear about through the media. But in an attempt to assuage feelings of neglect, adolescents sometimes rebel and turn to faith as a source of comfort and stability when in essence a corrupt religion can become overpowering and controlling. Since the Middle Ages, people have always been looking for a way to rebel against what is deemed to be normal. Whether ... ... middle of paper ... ...d. Web.
Perhaps the most heartbreaking story was that of Mary Lou Wallner, a Christian fundamentalist who rejected her lesbian daughter, which ... ... middle of paper ... ...to understand history, doctrines, and origins. Religion and homosexuality need not be mutually exclusive: you can be a good Christians and still love and accept LGBT people. I strongly believe that through Jesus, God wanted us to learn to love one another, and to treat everyone with dignity and respect. Using the Bible to justify persecution of anyone is despicable. Unfortunately, the Bible has been used to endorse racism, slavery, subjugation of women, and persecution of the Jews.
Harry Potter books have been controversial due to some thinking that the books promote a dangerous point of view (MacDonald 10). It is even found as Satanic in some churches, such as this pastor saying, “We at Jesus Non-Denominational Church refuse to allow Satan to take the minds of our children. We will do all that is in us to stand and hold up a standard of righteousness and we will win,” said Pastor Tommy Turner about the Harry Potter Series (MacDonald 10). J.K Rowling claims that the world of H... ... middle of paper ... ...y devices of imagery and symbolism and have a motif that is overdone but still popular. Even if the controversy surrounding them is immense, the amount of people she has captured in her magical world is even greater.
In Joseph King’s article, “Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code Spawns New Religion” he explains, “The Roman Catholic Church denounced the ‘lies’ propagated by Brown.” After the book’s release, the Catholic Church quickly jumped to the defense of their religion and spread the word that Dan Brown’s novel was nothing but propaganda and lies trying to weaken Roman Catholicism. The controversy surrounding the release of The Da Vinci Code created several different reactions from religious people. “Some have taken offense at its religious content” (Reidy 1). The reaction described by Reidy is the most common reaction of those of the Christian faith. Readers more open to the possibility of there being truth in Brown’s novel become huge fans of the book.
Those that have to juggle same-sex attractions and conflicts with their own religious beliefs struggle to form an identity that pleases both sides. Churches in the Bible Belt stress that one cannot simultaneously be both gay and Christian, which then force questioning individuals to pick one and ignore the other. One of the most common ways in which religiously devout gay and lesbians deal with their conflicting homosexuality and faith is through praying to ask for forgiveness and cure them of their abnormality. As Derek explains, “[the Preacher] would group us with perverts…I needed to go to the altar and just pray and ask God to forgive me every Sunday” (Barton 2012: 66). Not only are individuals expected to turn to their faith in times of great peril, but they are also inclined to beg for a miracle.