In Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain explores why humans follow ridiculous ideas just because they are the societal norms by pointing out the hypocrisy within society’s ideals, incorporating satirical examples about religion, education, and slavery into his novel. While living in the Widow Douglass’ home, Huck had been exposed to and forced to participate in religious practices. He was forced to read the bible and say prayers at meal times. “When you got to the table, you couldn’t go right to eating, but you had to wait for the widow to tuck her head and grumble over the victuals” (Twain 12). Huck depicts the widow as an over-the-top Christian who is dedicated to her religion, while Twain uses this to satirize religion in general.
Janie desired an equal and loving marriage, neither of which she obtained by her first marriage. Janie was forced into marriage by her grandmother, Nanny, as Nanny thought this would protect Janie after she had been caught kissing Johnny Taylor (The Concept of Love and Marriage in Zora Neale Hurston 's Their Eyes Were Watching God). Nanny forced Janie into a hasty marriage with Mr. Logan Killicks, who Nanny believed would be the most decent option for Janie, as he was financially stable and owned sixty acres of farmland (Haurykiewicz). However, Janie did not wish to be in a loveless marriage and pleaded, “Ah ain’t gointuh do it no mo’, Nanny. Please don’t make me marry Mr. Killicks” (Hurston, 14).
With regards to status, he married a young lady named Nancy towards the end of the war. She was an active feminist, and warned Graves about this, but he did not mind as she shared his crude belief of religion, that it is “all rot.” Thus the two entered an unusual marriage. At their wedding reception Nancy changed into “breeches and smock” which caused distress to Graves’ mother, though he makes no note that it had bothered him. Nancy even kept her last name Nicholson “refusing to be called Mrs. Graves.” This, coupled with the fact that her and Graves would not baptize their daughter, refused to go to church, and joined a literate birth control society, perturbed his family. These acts gave Nancy her freedom as a woman, as well as led Graves into a more modern, liberal, way of life.
The liberals wanted to teach that submissive wives did not mean to let husbands beat their wives, but that the man was the head of the household and together they raised their family centered on God and what would make Him happy. According to Helen Parmley with The Washington Post, “Unity was easier when the SBC was a regional body of isolated and less-educated all-white southerners, with compatible cultural and doctrinal beliefs”. This shows how much control the SBC wanted over their individual congregations. This religion should have the freedom to preach how the preacher of each congregation seems fit, not as a controlled way of thinking, as ... ... middle of paper ... ...ted Berryhill, Michael. “The Baptist Schism.” The New York Times.
But as society modernized and became increasingly secular in education, the media and politics, people began to question some of the church teachings and the church authorities. Though the church, lead by conservatives initially would not change. As Catholics began to move away, the church realizing the situation reassessed their position at Vatican 2, which resulted in the modernized Catholic Church. Consequently from here catholic membership began to increase, however the nature of Catholicism changed. This leads me to my hypothesis: In our modernized secular society, catholic membership began to drop initially, due to the conservative views of the church.
Marriage; a familiar concept that has existed since ancient societies, has not always been the same concept modern society deems it to be. We, in modern days, seem to instantaneously link love to marriage because it is a tradition that has been passed down to us from previous generations. Even though today we accustom love with marriage because that is how it is perceived, for most of human history, marriage was not exactly the “traditional tradition” as it is now. Though marriage in modern society is viewed as a symbol of two people in love, history shows that love had no part in marriage. In the B.C years (respectively before Christ), love was not a factor in the arrangement of marriage.
Together… the way Adam and Eve were meant to be together”. (Kenan, 63) She has to learn to change her way of thinking, her “foundation” of what was normal. Her upbringing in her southern church cause her to believe that a homosexual relationship is unholy. She could not turn to her pastor, Reverend Barden nor to Henrietta Fuchee, the prim music teacher because they were judgmental. “Orthodox Jews, Roman Catholics and conservative Protestant groups like the Southern Baptist Convention remain adamantly opposed to gay marriage”.
In 1840, Elizabeth Cady married a man by the name of Henry Stanton. In their wedding, she omitted the word obey from the traditional ceremony. This enabled the marriage to start off ... ... middle of paper ... ...politics, she held Church responsible as well. When a local minister at a church protested against the convention at Seneca Falls in 1848, she confidently disputed his interpretation the Christianity did not tolerate inequality. Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s involvement in women’s rights drastically improved and intensified when she met an activist in the Temperance Movement and friend of women’s rights supporters, Susan B. Anthony.
In fact, it is surprising to the reader when he entertains the mystical root said to provide protection given to him by a former slave, Sandy (Douglass 1215). He accredits his own disinterest in Christianity to his own harm done by its followers. Not to say that During his enslavement in Maryland, a white man named Mr. Wilson proposes a Sabbath school for the slaves to study the Bible. Douglass struggles to be handed a Christianity that he sees as love-centric and the religion distorted by his abusers. The manual affirms that the Bible directly commands Christian kindness in over fifteen passages, which is irreconcilable with the practice of slavery (42).
The FBI defines a hate group as “an organization whose primary purpose is to promote animosity, hostility, and malice against... ... middle of paper ... ... the WBC preachs seems to be a contrdiction. There is also a petition to the government to question the WBC's legitamate standing as a church, but I have not seen whether or not the government has evaulated that petititon yet. Yet with the death of founder Fred Phelps, I feel that the church will still go on. His daughter Shirley has been running it and running it effectively for years. I find it humerous that the WBC is having a private funeral and threatening to sue anyone who tries to protest Phelps' funeral.