Christian Influence Essays

  • Christian Influence in Italian Culture

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    Christian Influence in Italian Culture Things are not always what they appear to be. When one talks about the influence of religion in a culture, the person must carefully define what they mean by "religion". Many times when things are done in the name of Christianity, there are other factors that shape those events. The Crusades could be considered an object of Christian influence, but most would agree that the bloodshed that took place does not complement the message of that religion. Regardless

  • A Comparison of Christian Influence on Beowulf and The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki

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    Christian Influence on Beowulf and The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki In Beowulf the Christian influence is revealed through approximately 70 passages in which the form of expression or the thought suggests Christian usage or doctrine (Blackburn 3); The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki is in its own way infused with Christian values even though it preserves remnants of the cult of Odin. The Christian element seems to be too deeply interwoven in the text of Beowulf for us to suppose that it is due to

  • Epic of Beowulf Essay - Lindisfarne and Christian Influences in Beowulf

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    Lindisfarne and Christian Influences in Beowulf The Beowulf manuscript, written around the year 1000 and containing approximately 70 Christian references/allusions, could owe part of its Christianization to the Catholic bishops, priests, monks and laity who made The Lindisfarne Gospels a reality about 300 years prior. “. . . the poem is the product of a great age, the age of Bede, an age which knew artistic achievements of the kind buried at Sutton Hoo, an age in which art and learning

  • Christian Media 's Influence On The Media

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    technology that have influenced Christians to support or oppose the media as a whole. Even to this day, there are differing opinions of how Christians should approach media. Some say that we should avoid it all together, and some say that we need to be fully involved with the media. It ultimately comes down to one’s world view and their approach to being the light of the world that Christians are supposed to be. One of the most negative views of media in Christian society is the view of the Separatists

  • Christian and Pagan Influence in Paradise Lost and Beowulf

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    Christian and Pagan Influence in Paradise Lost and Beowulf In Paradise Lost, Milton is adept at drawing from both Christian and pagan sources and integrating them in such a way that they reinforce one another (Abrams 1075). Of course it is a commonplace for critics to believe that Milton valued his Christian sources more highly than the pagan ones (Martindale 20); this is most likely due to the fact that he regarded the Christian sources as vessels of the truth. His classical allusions, on the

  • Justinian And Theodora's Influence On The Christian World

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    heard preached in Byzantine Empire by Christian priests and bishops. Rulers of the Byzantine Empire, from Constantine I to the Emperor Heraclius, understood the power of religion over people: the power to unite, divide, inspire, and intimidate. Constantine used Christianity to bind together a sweeping Mediterranean empire, and established a doctrine of one God, one Emperor, one Empire (Early Christianity, 9/11). Justinian and Theodora inspired the Christian world by constructing spellbinding churches

  • The Dream of the Rood: An Outstanding Archetype of Christian Influence on Anglo-Saxon Heroism

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    “The Dream of the Rood” is a prime example of Christian influence upon Anglo-Saxon heroism. It is a religious short story that recounts the crucifixion of Christ communicated from Christ’s rood to an unnamed visionary. The crucifixion of Christ is depicted as the ultimate act of heroism. However, it is via Anglo-Saxon tradition that Christian ideology manages to influence the definition and imagery of Anglo-Saxon heroism. In “The Dream of the Rood” Christ is an Anglo-Saxon hero. An Anglo-Saxon hero

  • Lord of the Rings

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    Rings, by J. Tolken, there are many things that make the story symbolic of a Christian influence. The constant emphasis of good vs. evil brings forth reason to suspect that this novel has a Christian basis. In this paper I will prove and backup my personal opinion through sighting specific examples of the influences from the book. Iluvatar is similar to a Christian god and the Valar are something in the middle of Christian angels and the gods of pagan myth. The highest of the Valar was Morgoth, who

  • Christianity and Paganism in the Epic of Beowulf

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    above all else. The mythical creatures that Beowulf kills with his supernatural strength make the story into an epic celebrating the life of a great hero. However, blending in among Beowulf's triumphs against the three key creatures, we also see Christian virtues being instilled upon the listeners. The good qualities of loyalty, humility, sacrifice for the good of others, and sympathy for those less fortunate are seen woven into the text as well as the negative consequences from greed and pride. The

  • Pagan Burial Rites in the Epic of Beowulf

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    Pagan Burial Rites in the Epic of Beowulf Scores of essays are written about the Christian influence on the Beowulf poet. Most notable Beowulf scholars such as Kl‘ber, Robinson and Whitelock do not fail to address the matter. Given the complexity of the issue and the proliferation of evidence within the poem, we can understand the universal appeal of this topic. The poet transposes his Christian convictions onto a story which formed in a culture devoid of Christianity. In many instances, however

  • Einhard and Charlemagnes Palace School: A Mechanism for Wealth, Prestige, Power and Success

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    Charlemagne assumed the throne he commenced a series of campaigns. From 772-804 Charlemagne was at war with Saxony, from 773-774 Charlemagne was also at war with the Lombards in Italy. In 778, Charlemagne was invited into Northern Italy to extend Christian influence. In 787 Charlemagne invaded and seized Bavaria. Finally, from 788-797, Charlemagne launched a campaign against the tribal horsemen, the Avars. In 789, Charlemagne issued “The General Admonition”, the concept of the document was that moral reform

  • Christian Influence In Beowulf

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    The synthesis of Christian and Germanic cultures in ‘Beowulf’ is best seen in regards to the characters of Grendel, Grendel’s Mother in two ways. Firstly, through the relation of Grendel and his Mother to the biblical Cain, and how said lineage embroils them in a blood-feud. Secondly, this combination of beliefs is shown by the classification of Grendel and His Mother as ‘Monsters’ in both cultures.     It is established early on in the poem that Grendel is a descendent of the Biblical Cain; ‘

  • Christian Influences In Beowulf

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    AD, during this time the Anglo Saxons had become Christianized. Christian themes and symbolisms are seen throughout the epic of Beowulf, having both Christian and Pagan influence. Beowulf is described as a strong hero, he is strong, courageous, and brave. Beowulf does not back down from a battle, he is signified as a hero because he is willing to risk his life to defeat any monster. In this epic, Beowulf can be described as a “Christian Knight,” as Jesus was in the Bible. In the account of Matthew

  • Christian Influences In Beowulf

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    Beowulf displays Christian influences in the description of Grendel especially through the allusions to the Old Testament. According to Daniel Anlezark, Grendel’s murders and terrorization of the Pagan’s caused by their tendency to idolize demons is an allusion to the times when the Hebrews committed idolatry after their escape from Egypt (Anlezark 264-69). Likewise, Leonard Neidorf argues that the alteration between Cam and Cain in various scribes is used interchangeably with similar connotations

  • Christian Influence on Shanghai

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    of the Christian church contributed greatly to the cosmopolitanism of Shanghai. Some of the first Westerners to live in Shanghai were missionaries and they played an important role in constructing an enticing image of Shanghai. Moreover, Christian institutions of education continue their contribution to Shanghai cosmopolitanism today. In addition, Shanghai is comparatively more friendly towards Christianity than other Chinese cities, which enhances Shanghai's appeal to prospective Christian immigrants

  • The Christian Influence on The Middle Ages

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    These pious progressions offered the people a new way of life along with their religion. They practiced a religion that saves them eternally from damnation and works towards salvation for their entire earthly lives. As well as enriching the lives of Christians from a perspective of eternal salvation, it could be questioned whether the spread of Christianity supplemented only the souls of those practicing, or had it provided more to the people of the Medieval Ages? The late 3rd century developed Christianity

  • Beowulf: Christian Vs Pagan Influence

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    European epic, Beowulf, was written sometime in the eighth century in England. This time period provides us with an idea for the mixture of Christian and pagan elements because of an English society that was in the process of converting from Paganism to Christianity. Examples of Pagan and Christian traditions are presented all throughout literature. Many of the influences deal with what it going on in the world, when the piece is written. When Beowulf was written, St. Augustine had just come over to try

  • Pagan and Christian Influences in Beowulf

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    The author of the epic poem Beowulf is unknown, and similarly to the Illiad by Plato its origins remain a mystery. Throughout the poem there are many clues that Beowulf has become a tradition and was passed down orally for centuries, and finally have been translated from the “old English” that it possibly could have been originally recited as, to the English we know today. In the poem Beowulf a bard recites poetry orally, or in a song, usually telling stories about historical triumphs and adventures

  • The Greco Roman Influence On Christian Art

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    The Jewish faith believed in the coming of a Messiah and the ones who believed that Jesus Christ fulfilled this role became known as Christians. Roman’s occupied Jewish land and the Jews were seen as second class citizens compared to Roman citizens. Jews were expected to follow Roman law and were often treated harshly and unfairly. This lead to their desperation in waiting for a Messiah who they believed would rid the Jews of the Romans. When Jesus Christ came he fulfilled the Jewish law but not

  • How Living as a Christian Disciple May Influence the Lives of Christians Today

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    How Living as a Christian Disciple May Influence the Lives of Christians Today Christianity is an entire way of life. It's not only a part of your life it is your whole life. It is a sense of being with God. It is not a one way system, but in fact a two way bond. Being a disciple of God gives you a sense of who you are. You have the position of being part of God's children as well as being a child of your parents. This is an incomparable feeling. A Christian is a person who lives their life