John doesn’t feel a connection with God while growing up, quite possibly because he had changed churches several times as a child, due to his mother and her relations with Reverend Merill. John is characterized as a person lacking to know the very self of him, and he seems to learn from the events that occur around him, rather than to himself. Irving’s use of symbolism in the novel is very effective in supporting this theme of religious faith. One of the most obvious and important symbols is Owen himself. He is portrayed as a Jesus figure, and himself exclaims, “I AM GOD’S INSTRUMENT.” There is also reference to the nativity set in the Meany’s home.
Throughout the history of humankind, one main factor that has influenced the world is religion and, as times change, outlook and opinions have varied. Albert Camus writes, “I shall not, as far as I am concerned, try to pass myself off as a Christian in your presence. I share with you the same revulsion from evil. But I do not share your hope, and I continue to struggle against this universe in which children suffer and die.”(Camus, Resistance 70). Camus grew up in a very nonchalant household where religion was not a decree and, consequentially, this greatly affected his faith in God.
As well as the Enlightenment, this was a time period where many people were using reason to receive their answers. Instead of relying on the church for answers they used science and math (Brief Outline Notes on the Great Awakening, 1735-45 ).In 1688, the Church of English became the primary religion of the country. Many other religions were infact repressed. Basically, people were becoming bored of the religion and it just became a past time for them. They didn`t worship god from their heart.
The church did not like this nor did they like Wycliff's movement. Wycliff's Lollard movement was eventually suppressed but so was the intellectual ferment of Oxford University where his teachings had been widely accepted. In 1409 the institutional church was trying to unify a... ... middle of paper ... ...nowball affect and truly inspired many to follow in his footsteps. His strong beliefs in education, and in a right to have a personal relationship with God inspired others to think for themselves. This movement was the start of education as we know it today.
Aaron’s parents believe in doing nothing but what the BIble says, while Aaron thinks that just because the Bible doesn’t mention something doesn’t mean that it is bad. He notices things that are never discussed or are outdated, and wonders about how he could love Jesus yet disagree with his parents. Through the arguments between him and his family, Aaron finally realizes that he needs to decide for himself what to believe in and how to express it. By the end of the book, when Aaron has matured, what were once his core beliefs have been tossed out the window and replaced by his new idea of life and how to live it.