John Wycliffe One of the most well-known and controversial Pre-Reformers was John Wycliffe. Known as “The Morning Star of the Reformation,” Wycliffe devoted much of his time to reform within the church and to developing logical philosophical arguments regarding church doctrine. He also was deeply involved in translating the Bible into the language of the common people. Although Wycliffe was an English priest who held four parishes
I am not sure what to make of John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian religion. Calvin makes many interesting point when he is talking about what kind of control God exercises over the world. Calvin has a way of trying to make you see his point. Calvin uses examples from the bible. As well as Calvin is trying to put the fear of god into everyone because of his different ideas that he believes in.
‘Intellectually, Donne had always been a Christian, but his progress toward religious assurance was hindered by his sense of Roman Catholic outlawry, his shift to the Church of England, his moral lapses, the worldly disaster of his marriage, and his restless mind.’ (Douglas Bush) Consider the detailed treatment of ‘religious assurance’ in any three or four poems by Donne from the course. John Donne was an extremely complex character who lived a life that was full of religious contradictions and uncertainties. These problems that Donne battled in his personal life are reflected in many of his poems, particularly the Holy Sonnets. Donne was born into a Catholic family at a time when Catholicism was forbidden in England and as a result, suffered
He was a well known “New Light” preacher with great knowledge of scripture and use of metaphors to grab the audience’s attention. On the contrary, Samuel Sewall preached his sermon in 1700. He also was was well known, but was known to be one of the judges in the Salem Witch trials in 1692. Eight years later, he preached a sermon on slavery and used Latin quotations, biblical references, and the story of Joseph within the Bible to defend his beliefs. He also named his text, elaborated on it, and offered refutation for those who had questions concerning his beliefs.
Walter Pater’s influence on Oscar Wilde stretched across all of his work including “The Decay of Lying.” Pater was deeply passionate about Romanticism, which are reflected in Oscar Wilde’s works. While Oscar Wilde upset many people with his seemingly out of place writing, Wilde had people who also believed in his literary ideals. These opponents of realism were known as the decadent aesthetes . Writers of this title championed human creativity over logic and the natural world and created somewhat of a literary counter-culture to the modern way of writing. In “The Decay of Lying,” Vivian would identify with this movement based on his opinions of modernism and logic.
‘Intellectually, Donne had always been a Christian, but his progress toward religious assurance was hindered by his sense of Roman Catholic outlawry, his shift to the Church of England, his moral lapses, the worldly disaster of his marriage, and his restless mind.’ (Douglas Bush) Consider the detailed treatment of ‘religious assurance’ in any three or four poems by Donne from the course. John Donne was an extremely complex and interesting character and these complexities are reflected in many of his poems. Donne was born into a Catholic family at a time when Catholicism was forbidden in England and as a result, suffered persecution for his religion. He was penalised because of his Catholic faith whilst at university and was unable to obtain
The Mariner, Frankenstein and the Bible “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” and Frankenstein both contain significant biblical concepts that went against the thinking of their time. In the age of Romanticism and Realism, Samuel Coleridge swam against the popular current and wrote of the supernatural. In doing so he inspired counter cultural writers like Mary Shelley to do the same with their literary works. Coleridge and Shelley both share a similar theme when it comes to the abstract aspect of their works- both stories include the themes man vs. God, mysterious danger, defeat/failure. “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” and Frankenstein both demonstrate that it is best that men do not interfere with the divine natural order of things.
He believes that this history of Jesus and the Old Testament covenant has been superseded by Christianity. Bultmann is known for his belief that the historical analysis of the New Testament is both futile and unnecessary. Bultmann argues that all that is integral is the "thatness" of Jesus, meaning that only Jesus existence preaching and death by crucifixion matters in his life as these are based on historical facts. Therefore Bultmann dismisses the images of Jesus as a teacher and a healer as unimportant. As these deal with Jesus’ character such as his role as a teacher and his explanations of the message of God many find viewing images of Jesus as the easiest way of interpreting Jesus and his message.
He was the one who built Churches even to the far off areas and not only established but also administered them with devotion and passion. His determination and tireless efforts took Christianity from Jerusalem to Syria, from Arab to Turkey, from Rome to Greece, and finally from Asia Minor to Palestine. His devotion and hard work towards spreading the teachings of God to all was his key to success. Ample of it must be enlightened as God’s supreme functioning through His chosen man. As Paul educated his devotees, God had assigned to each of His creature numerous favors and actions of reliance (Rom.
Psalm 89:26 says, “He shall cry to Me, ‘You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation’” (NKJV). Many other religions acknowledge that Jesus was a good teacher, but they strip Him of His Deity. With the Word of God as our source, we can see that Jesus is just as much God as the Father and Spirit. In Phil. 2:5-11 Paul gives us a very clear picture of Jesus’ deity “Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage…” (NLT).
Thomas Pain’s catalytic words of the modern theology Thomas Pain argues for a more individualistic form of monotheism while the puritans believe that only their god should be prayed to. The puritan religion was unique from the rest of the world because they held the Sabbath in true Old Testament fashion. Thomas in his last offering to his fellow citizens of all nations does not hold back his religious believes in this very unpopular (at the time) literature. He states “In the general wreck of superstition, “false systems of government and false theology, we lose sight of morality, of humanity and of the theology that is true.” (653) At first this was very hard for people to accept until long after Thomas had passed, over time people had