The movie Luther exemplifies political, economic, and social situations relevant to the lives of people at that time, and connects back to actual historical information. The movie Luther captures the life of a monk, Martin Luther, who has his eyes opened to the downfalls and corruption present in the Catholic Church. In Germany, he watches peasants be fooled into buying indulgences that promise to reduce their time in purgatory. This claim is false; they are only being sold to raise money to build St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Luther is outraged by this unjust practice, and he begins to go out and preach the truth and encourage reform by writing 95 Theses.
At this point the novel begins to focus on Pietro Spina and his return to Italy. Pietro aided by his childhood friend Nunzio dons the disguise of a Catholic priest called Don Paolo Spada. However, Pietro Spina has abandoned the religious beliefs and ideas of becoming a saint that he once had as a child and now in his adult life is considered to be a fervent atheist making; this disguise quite ironic. While in disguise, Spina becomes exasperated with the strong catholic beliefs and superstitious ideas which are the basis of thought of the peasants he is trying to influence. This brings about the continuous theme of socialism and Christianity as well as the question surrounding all the characters within the novel, “How can a decent person act in a terrible time?”1 Silone uses this questions to explore how the political views of fascism within the Catholic church effects uneducated peasants withi... ... middle of paper ... ...ays radical action that creates change but sometimes the acceptance that somethings must be changed through small actions and build their way up.
Satan wants to prove to God Job’s faith will falter if his blessings are obliterated. Satan creates an agonizing event sequence Job must suffer through. Job’s children, livestock, land, and health are taken away from him, and his comforters--three friends and a wife--believe Job deserves the turmoil and tell him he must repent his sins to regain his splendor. Becoming frustrated with the increasing agony he must endure, Job questions God’s actions but retains his faith. Thomas Becket’s story begins when King Henry II has trouble prosecuting church clergy under England’s law since the church they should try clergymen.
The surrounding communities in southern Mexico refuse to harbor the priest because of the drastic repercussions from the police. The priest feels guilty about his pride in being an inadequate priest and a sinner, but has come to terms with the eternal damnation he will face in the afterlife. The physical and cultural settings in The Power and Glory guide the reader through an odyssey of one man's struggle to find meaning in the world, as it parallels the priest's internal perspective, and symbolizes his redemptive conversion and his final unconscious achievement of martyrdom. Ater the Mexican Revolution, the Mexican government established anti-Catholic laws against the churches. The government dismissed the Church's system of redemption, and became jealous of the Church's rising influence over society.
Jonathan Edwards, in 1741, preaches at Enfield Connecticut, to the congregation with a desire of converting men who thought too highly of themselves to Christianity. Edwards establishes points by using different strategies of figurative language with the intention of capturing the emotional side of his audience. By using a variety of styles to scare his audience, Edwards’ sermon, with powerful diction, had a great outcome of repenters. Obviously, men depend on God to keep them out of hell, “Your wickedness makes you, as it were, heavy as lead, and to rend downwards with great weight and pressure towards hell, and if God should let you go, you would immediately sink and swiftly descend and plunge into the bottomless gulf.” Following Edwards’ sermon further, mens’ wickedness is going to weigh them down. By comparing the congregation to the heaviness of lead, they are able to imagine how hard it is to not fall into hell and how much they need God.
Satan wants to divert our attention away from God and onto ourselves. He has always been envious of the praise, adoration and honor and love that God receives from his church. Satan would rather that we sulk and pout instead of “forget about ourselves and concentrate on Him and worship Him”. I have found that this is one of the many the keys to gaining spiritual victory. By “silencing the enemy” in our lives, we can remove strongholds that Satan has set up in our minds simply by singing the praises of God and walking in the spirit.
The events leading up the conclusion of Chapter 1 lead Stephen to question to omniscient correctness of his religious overseers in Clongowes, and by extension, the Catholic Church. When he is unfairly accused and punished for breaking his glasses, Stephen responds with confusion. Dante taught Stephen as a child that the priests were always correct, since they represented the Church, and "God and religion [should come] before everything" (282). Dante's philosophy is that "The bishops and priest of Ireland have spoken and they must be obeyed" (274). However, the situation that Stephen becomes embroiled in when the priest unjustly "pandies" Stephen's hands seems to completely contradict all the dogma of the infallible Church that Dante preaches to Stephen throughout his early childhood.
Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code proves everybody loves a conspiracy. Throughout the novel, secrets are revealed that pose great threats to the credibility of Catholicism and the modern day church. In his article, “Breaking the Code”, Maurice Timothy Reidy states, “Completely turned my opinion of the Bible and the Catholic Church upside down.” In this article, Reidy explains the influence The Da Vinci Code has over people’s views of Christianity. The doubt Dan Brown’s novel instilled in people created an uproar from the church. 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 chaplain is able to change Meursault?s mind, when he mentions ?how even the hardest of criminals stare at something at one pointing their lives and imagine a divine face in it? (Stranger, p.121). Although Meursault does not see a divine face he sees the face of Marie. This marks the turning point of Meursault?s life, for he starts to care for life something he has never done before. He is now aggravated to know that is going to die and cannot accept that which explains his rage with the priest.
On the allegorical level of the novel, the priest's flight from the police is seen as a "flight from God" and away from becoming a saint (DeVitis 90). Refusing to accept his destiny of being captured by the police and becom... ... middle of paper ... ...ce into paradise" (Hynes 67). Only after the priest's execution is the lieutenant forced to realize his own emptiness and does Greene reveal his religious compassion. Although often criticized for being "chiefly Roman Catholic," The Power and the Glory masterfully illustrates the intense conflict between the secular and religious world views (Hynes 70). By developing complex allegorical characters, Graham Greene achieves an almost myth-like quality.