Although Whitman would agree with Winthrop that within a community there is a unifying force created by the individuals, he would argue that Winthrop’s imaginings of having a community modeled after god is not adequate because it will result in unfairness. “A Model of Christian Charity” establishes a representation of a community working together, rather than, working by themselves. With the help of each other and by following God’s will, the community shall be successful and harmonious. It is essential to note the importance of a relationship between man and god as god stands as the one true source of authority in this community. Winthrop explains the importance of loving God.
He showed this to the reader through the use of Christian symbolism and Shakespearean allusions to show that it is not worth sacrificing the truth for a “happy utopian society”. Both happiness and truth are such important parts of a person’s life, and neither one can just be eliminated for the greater good of the other. A utopian society is perfect in every way, shape, and form, so one can not just eliminate such a big part of any community. Ignorance of such a big part of life, such as truth, is dangerous to one's self. Huxley’s final message to the reader is in order to reach that perfect society, people must learn to solve their problems without simply sweeping them under the rug.When people live in ignorance, there is no possibility of peace, and is that a “perfect society” someone would want to live
They are responsible for themselves and only themselves. The whole psychology of it, the strengthening of religion in hardship isn’t totally absurd. It would seem through all the loss involved in situations like the Holocaust or 9/11, that some aspects aren’t completely lost. Perhaps putting all one’s faith in a God could supply help to make it through extremely difficult times. It could help keep people alive as they wait for some sort of redemption or subtle sign that their God is there with them.
That is not the case for everyone who beliefs in religion. Religion influences people into being a moral individual but cannot enforce morality on people. Chaucer wrote about corrupt church officials and religious members, not about the ones who actually served the Lord with mind, heart and soul, so there could have been people that were entirely committed to living a moral life due to religion and its
124). His other point is that God having a sufficient reason for permitting evil is not the same as having a hallucination. He states that having good reason for the existence of God increases the possibility that He has a reason for permitting gratuitous suffering (p. 124). He also counters the claim that there is no evidence to suggest that God is all-good and all-powerful. He refers to his moral argument—wherein without the existence of God, objective moral values would also cease to exist, but objective moral values do exist and thus God also must exist—to make the claim that God is all-good (p. 125).
The community that the story revolves around believes in following their doctrine to the point of perfection, creating a society in which people can only exist as reflections of their reputations. In this society, faith seemingly leads directly to existence in the eyes of Salemites. If everybody believes that someone has sinned, then that person might as well have; they will be treated with great disdain, regardless. This in mind, worthiness to enter Heaven can not be assessed based on what people do, but rather, on what they are speculated to have done. This leaves reputation being equated to salvation and, as far as Puritans are concerned, survival is not nearly as precious as eternal life.
Jefferson is declaring that God gave freedom of thought and man the freedom to choose his religious beliefs. It is God who gave us the ability to believe and not to believe and not church 's decision to make for us. He goes on to say "the impious presumption of legislature and ruler, civil as well as ecclesiastical" are fallible to assume "dominion over the faith of others, setting up their own opinions" and compelling men to contribute money for the religion to which they do not believe in, calling it "sinful and tyrannical" (106). Jefferson states that no one should be obliged to attend church or support it with his taxes. It is our natural rights of mankind to be able to profess our own matters of religion.
The pagan, with no idea of Christianity, faced the task of securing his own immortality, completing tasks no other mere mortal would dare take on, all for the purpose of making sure that he, as a matter of fact, did not possess the status of a mere mortal. The addition of God into the epic, replacing fate with a guiding, loving, eternal patriarch, allowed the Christian Beowulf to be more satisfied with himself, changing the mood of the poem enough to show the reader the value of Christianity. Beowulf's struggle with his own mortality, his fleeting, delicate life, lessened because of the religious promise of a Heavenly reprieve after death. He would be able to rest easier knowing that even if he became forgotten on Earth, he would live on in the uplifting afterlife. With a resolute faith, the possibility that the dying Beowulf, resting near his final trophy kill, wondered whether or not he had accomplished enough physical deeds altogether disappears.
The style of writing portrayed in this nonfiction journal best relates to a dystopian future for our society. The purpose of this writing would be to show that the world could be a much simpler place to live in if civilization was treated equally. With everyone born as humans no matter the color of our skin or the ethnicity that we were raised in it raises many to question why we cannot treat one another equally and why we do not get along or respect one another. While we are not any closer to figuring out why our world kills its own kind over feuds, I believe religion plays a big factor in why certain cultures are enemies. One culture and one religion has to always be better than the other there is no equality.
Belief is not Decision Pascal’s Wager, the argument that an individual who believes in God’s existence is entitled to infinite gains. There are three objections against Pascal article, including “the wrong motivation”, “too many options” and “Belief not a decision”. Among these three reasonable objections, I believe that the strongest one is “Belief not a decision”, because everything needs a reason as people are born as rational creatures. Otherwise, people believe in the existence of God because they trust that God could bring benefits to them. For me, although the objection is reasonable, I still think the Pascal’s response is stronger.