This paper focuses on the role of the U.S national government by explaining the tensions, and conflicts that should be addressed, as well as the implications that continue to arise the dilemmas in the U.S contemporary society. Maintaining order is the oldest, and most significant role in the U.S government,
A government is set into place by the people to govern society. Complete rule over others is not accomplished through the appearance of order. The more the government tries to unfairly govern its people with the use of violence and force, the more rebellion by the people will occur. In the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the government tried to rule over its people by the use of censorship and by the complete eradication of knowledge along with individuality. In the autobiography I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, the Taliban used violence and fear to govern the people of Pakistan. The Taliban implemented a ban on young women receiving an education, one of their many cruel treatments to their women. These two governments are in fear of
Humanity is always searching for answers, and for leaders that can supply them with answers. We ponder questions regarding our existence and the way things ought to be, organize into tribes according to the conclusions we make, and then develop some form of public policy to create order. This tendency of humanity is most evident in modern times in politics and religion. In the American government system, the church and the state are meant to be kept separate, meaning the state is not allowed to have an established religion. However, this concept becomes controversial when public policy decisions have moral implications because people inherit their moral sentiments from their religion and/or the things they choose to worship (and this by no
Like most things that are society based, religion has evolved alongside our own culture. America is a melting pot of different ethnic backgrounds and cultures making it a perfect place for religion to adapt and flourish. For this analysis, I am drawing from “Civil Religion in America” by Robert N. Bellah (1967) on his ideas of American civil religion. In the text Bellah (1967) argues that civil religion is an important dimension that needs to be recognized in sociology. While Bellah focuses specifically on the United States of America, he still gives a valuable perspective on civil religion and how it plays a part in religion as a whole. The connections of cultures and ideas through religion can be best explained by using Robert Bellah’s interpretation of civil religion.
The fourth chapter begins with a quote by Simone Weil that explains love (Yancey 38). I found this quote interesting yet hard to understand. One sentence in that quote was very interesting yet confusing to me: God is abdication. How can God be abdication? By definition, abdication means to give up or renounce. So how can God be giving up or renouncing? I could not really think of any solid explanation for it. When I interpreted that sentence, I thought about God giving up his only son, Jesus. Also, Jesus gives up his life on Earth in order to save us. God and Jesus give up these things because they love us.
Religion. It is a topic discussed throughout all of America as well as the rest of the world on a daily basis. There have been wars over it, political elections decided because of it, and millions of participants throughout the years. It is a part of several monumental pieces of history and carries on into the present day. Religion is what our nation is fundamentally built upon, all the way back to when the pilgrims came over on the Mayflower bringing their puritan based beliefs with them. What is interesting is that these beliefs from so long ago are still traced all throughout the everyday lives of Americans. It is asked, how is this possible, when the world is so different today than it was fifty or one hundred years ago? The answer is literature. Written works have made it
I strongly agree with Arthur Miller's Power vs public good in many ways. He says "... when those in power believe that God supports their actions, they become a threat to the public good"(Miller). When a group of people believe that their God is supporting their actions, they feel no remorse for why they do. They believe they are doing the just thing no matter what if their God is supporting them. The public is in danger because these people are have a twisted ideology that whatever happens, happens and God will support it. For instance, the Europeans believed God was supporting their actions when they came to America. They then started taking the natives land and because the natives didn't believe in their God they believed the natives were
Ambition creates a reason to move forward with your plans. Although human aspiration is eternal, its rewards are short-lived. This is shown in, The Prince, a novel by Niccolo Machiavelli, Macbeth, a play by Shakespeare and Why Read Shakespeare, an argument by Michael Mack through the use of diction, personification, and metaphors respectfully. These works show that people in power are expected to keep the population in order, through force and strength, this causes them to be feared, and look evil in terms of leadership. Which leads to their inevitable end of power despite their original aim.
In Christian culture and even American culture, duty is not thought of as highly as it was in ancient Rome. This idealization of duty arose from the Roman hero, Aeneas. Aeneas’ deep passion and loyalty to serve the gods is perfectly described in the Latin term pietas, which, according to Encyclopaedia Britannica is the “personification of a respectful and faithful attachment to gods, country, and relatives” (jflsjdf). Aeneas epitomized this quality as the ideal Roman. Aeneas’s devotion to the gods is especially evident in his constant longing to fulfill the gods’ fate for him to found Rome. Aeneas explains his drive to submit to the gods by saying to Dido that “[t]he gods’ commands drove me to do their will” (6.245). Aeneas’ submission to authority was essential to the Roman understanding of pietas but was not entirely voluntary.
Theocracy comes from a Greek word that translates to "the rule of God". So, as a system of government, the ruling is given to religious leaders instead of independent leaders or traditional politicians. It is a state where a deity, God, Allah and other religious figures have immediate authority. This type of government is more popular in the Middle East than anywhere else in the world. In some cases, the officials are regarded as divinely guided. In the U.S., people believe that politicians are appointed by God's will, making their government system pseudo-theocracy or theodemocracy.
In the novel The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood writes about a once America becoming a totalitarian government. The narrator is Offred and she is a handmaid, handmaids bear the rich and highly acclaimed people’s children. She’s telling the story of her everyday life and sometimes she’ll retrospect. In this new America they took away all the rights of women, they are basically sex slaves and baby machines. Most of the women aren't allowed to read, they took away their voices, personality, and individualism. The women are put in two categories the legitimates and illegitimates, the legitimates were the ones who were of high class or who work for them and the illegitimates were the whores, sterile, government protestors, and lesbians. Language is used throughout Atwood’s novel to show a variety of things, power is the central idea in the book, that's what everyone in Gilead is fighting for. Power helps them make the decisions they do, and the way they communicate to one another is in the name of power.
For Domat, divine kingship was of utmost importance; his theory behind royal absolutism was based off it and it held the idea of divine kingship at its center. On the other hand, for Machiavelli, according to his political theory, divine kingship did not appear to play any direct or significant part in politics.
The sociological perspective of Christianity can be seen as a functional element when it comes to helping people in the U.S. Sociological perspective means to look into human behavior and making observations on how they function, whereas the influences of their environments are effected by one person to where that one person effects the environment. By using a scientific method by making observations and testing subjects sociologist are able to make prediction, explain, and control or even education on a particular topic. Religion permeates the United States culture ever since the first European settlers known as pilgrims in the 1607. Religion such as Christianity has aided the American society in many ways.
Censorship: In more conservative societies, censorship is a lot more common. Anything seemingly unconventional or provocative is blocked out. I appreciate censorship in a sense that my eyes don’t have to see anything I don’t want to them to, and my ears won’t have to listen to something I don’t want to them to. Censorship is good when it comes to terrorist ideas, insults, and pornography (for lack of a better term.) It is not always harmful, but sometimes unnecessary. Censoring fiction, fantasy, and dystopian books is mandatory in some places such as Harry Potter series, which I love. Censorship is good when it’s reasonable, but harmful when it bans popular products/ideas.
In human existence culture and spirituality and two separate subjects yet they overlap. Culture belongs to the human sphere while spirituality has its place in the divine. Culture has either good or bad features; and can only be measured by a standard objective. Spirituality has to do with a person’s position before God. The aim of this essay is to discuss the relationship a Christian is to have with his culture and the standard to judge culture.