No perfect cosmos has ever been depicted in which everyone would agree to live in. Yet at the same time, what is the most ideal of all universes for every one of us to live in? What is the best world accepted by each of us? Also, does a minimal state have anything to do with this world? Nozick wants us to: Imagine a possible world in which to live; this world need not contain everyone else now alive, and it may contain beings who have never actually lived.
Personal experience can greatly shape an author’s work. This theory came to play in several of Herman Hesse’s novels. More importantly, through one of his most popular novels, known as, Siddhartha, Hesse takes the reader on a spiritual journey. Siddhartha, who is the main character in this novel goes through numerous adjustments in his life on his spiritual journey. Hence, the concept that Siddhartha’s biggest enemy was himself.
Is religious faith normal, natural, or desirable? Does it serve an important function in the life of man, or is it, rather, an aggregation of pernicious superstitions, designed to soothe timid souls and blind man to truth by retarding his development? A thousand treatises, setting sail on oceans of ink, have been penned in response to these questions. I personally have argued that religious faith is a necessary part of civilization, and an indispensable tool in the cultivation and taming of the wild individual ego. This view, however, is not shared by all.
The doctrinal differences mentioned in the prayers were part of that conflict. When examining three of these differences in doctrine, and how Calvin’s prayers from the Commentary on Hosea touch on the subject, one can clearly see how the prayers illustrate the conflict between Roman Catholicism and the Protestant Reformation that was beginning. The first one of these conflicts was the issue of sanctification. In his first prayer, John Calvin is heard pleading with God that grace will remain extended to him and other believers. He admits that there is sin and wrongdoings in each and every person’s lives and prays that the Lord will restore his heart to a holy and righteous state.
His status is above everything and He has the authority to control everything in this world. Due to my limitation to understand Him, I ever thought before that the world is a big puppet theater for Him and all of His creations are under His manipulation of puppets. From the OT 2 class and the lecture by Dr. Fretheim, I have a new question for myself. Or maybe it could be the question for Christians in term of how we understand God. And this question is “Do we understand our God?” This question has triggered me to look at the myself and my church, especially for our response in time of natural disaster.
Religion played a very huge role throughout the readings however, religion was represented differently in all the readings. In the poem The Dream of the Rood religion plays a significant role through the characters. The poem tells and shows readers before, during, and after the crucifixion of Christ through deep descriptions. The characters throughout are the dreamer, the rood, and Christ. These characters are all very significant throughout because the dreamer is represented as a believer/worshipper, the rood represents the cross, and Christ who died for all our sins.
From myths to novels, authors have given their lives to delight us with stories that transport us to different realities and different worlds that makes us, simple mortals fall in love. Let’s see these type of literature as ¨drugs¨ because I believe that some people are really addicted to them. So I asked myself where did these types of “drugs” came from? After taking Intro to Global Literature I know there is no simple answer for this question. However, I will make my best effort to illustrate my readers the most complete answer I can.
Every line that Kafka’s writes is charged with multiple meanings of illusions, allusions, daydreams, and reflections that indicate the “realness” of a realm that Kafka could not quite grasp of. He was aware of his discrepancy throughout his life. Franz Kafka was a major religious writer and thinker. His stories inevitably discuss the desperate attempts of people to do the right. The author himself and the protagonists in the stories are almost identical to an astonishing extend.
Throughout his life, he grew up working many jobs and it was in the early years of his life he found his true passion for novel writing through his first job. He is now known as a great author for his use of realism in his novels. Today his books are known all around the world for his mischievous characters. Samuel L. Clemens, more famously known as Mark Twain, came to love his passion for writing and became a well-known author in the realism time period. The literary time period that takes place during Mark Twain was Realism.
R.K Narayan belongs to the category of well known literary personges of Indian subcontinent. Through his work of fiction he has tried to represent true essence of his motherland. He is also the creator of fictional town of Malgudi. His art and style of writing is so vivid and unique that one is spellbound reading his fiction. Narayan is not only popular in India but he has earned the reputation as an international figure.