Although Christians were good citizens, and people who wanted to follow Jesus, they were constantly impacted by aspects of the Roman culture. The Roman history, pertaining to the way people worshiped, the philosophy and the music all had a significant impact on the Christian church. To begin with, In most ways, I would say that the society significantly impacted them to abandon the pagan lifestyle. Although they adapted and adopted, Christian views and customs were very different from Roman society. A key example is the way in which Christians worshiped God and not the gods.
From influence of the enlightenment , christian faith was renewed. An established religion gave moral responsibilities , creates fear of doing wrong, and the sense of responsibility for doing it. Victorians read the bible very often and went to church regularly on Sundays. Not only were they religious but they also feared god. Towards the end of the era people started to question Christianity and this was due to science and the push of industrial revolution (BBC Primary History- victorian England).
Their were many advantages and disadvantages to the Reformation but it was mostly a good thing for the church because it changed from the inside out. The Reformation was a time Playle 5 when different ideas and thoughts about the church were coming out and so the church was forced to begin to change in response to those ideas that came out about the Catholic
Not only did Okonkwo face the new idea of Christianity, but so did Chinua Achebe. During Achebe’s interview with The Paris Review, Achebe says “My parents were early converts to Christianity in my part of Nigeria” (Brooks). He saw the effects of the Christian religion moving through his village, something that Okonkwo couldn’t bear to live through. Religion is a major topic in the novel. Chinua Achebe uses religion to show the reader the God in the Igbo culture, their belief in reincarnation, and the colonization of Christianity.
It achieved this goal by creating devout Christian followers who wanted to spread their newfound devotion to religion. While the church was first created to spread good, the church became increasingly corrupt during Martin Luther’s time. During the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church decided to teach that salvation was possible through works of righteousness that pleased God. While this statement does encourage acts of good, the church abused its meaning by proposing a new means of absolving oneself from sin. This new method was purchasing indulgences.
George Marsden, a historian at the University of Notre Dame, argues Niebuhr’s analysis of the Christ and culture problem could be near the end of its usefulness in its present form. Marsden, as a historian, is aware of how Niebuhr’s historical setting influenced his work. Christ and Culture was written right after the horrors of World War II; because of this Niebuhr wanted to show how Christian influences could make a positive contribution toward tolerance. He addressed the accusation that “Christianity has made no positive contribution… to civilization or to culture” by developing the typology we have been studying (6). However, because these types are so broad they are historically inadequate and have been subjected to numerous critiques.
Søren Kierkegaard is considered the father of existentialism (“Christian and Theological Existentialism”). Kierkegaard wrote a book about the paradox surrounding Abraham sacrificing Isaac. The narrator questions whether “Abraham’s faith in God can justify killing his son” (Søren Kierkegaard: A Master of Refraction 78). Another existentialist, Karl Jaspers, argues that, “free will makes all faith essentially existential. Jaspers also argues that, since life is absurd, it is less absurd to believe in a God which promises eternal life than to believe in nothing at all (“Christian and Theological Existentialism”).
Traditionally, Christians believe that flesh s lower than soul in terms of value, flesh could die but soul would never die and they cultivate themselves according to the Christian doctrine so as to make sure their soul could rise to Heaven rather than fall to Hell. Since Christianity views man’s original sins as the theoretical basis for Christian theology thought, Christians believe that human beings are born sinful and have to atone, thus, one’s death can be called “to pay the debt of nature”. As the God is regarded as the master of the whole world and people are created by God, in this way, individuals should come back to god, i.e. “be called to God” and then “to hand in one;s accounts”, “to answer the final
This kind of postmodernism is also what constitutes what people call the “emerging Church” which is open to everything that people used to call divisions of beliefs. This is called apophatic theology and it means that the belief in God is done by negation. It does not necessarily deny Christian beliefs and traditions, but it is open to gradual positive reformations. It is not certain about anything – their faith remains a mystery, and they accept it because they are convinced that human beings are not sure about everything. “Postmodernism is in rebellion against traditionalism, and this is not such a bad
However, there was the teaching Gnosticism that was making its way through the early church, in which believed that Jesus was not fully God and fully man. Yet in order to combat this falsity, John continues to balance the full humanity of Jesus as well as his divinity. Jesus has power over the elements—water into wine, raising Lazarus from the dead, among other miracles; and Jesus human—he got tired, he wept and he got angry. All in all, John gives the church and people today clarity about Jesus’ full humanity and