Meursault 's external conflict with society is presented through his nihilist outlooks. In society, the belief in God is prominent; however, in Meursault 's eyes, nothing is meaningful in life and the only factuality in existence is death. Another external conflict is that Meursault comes to the realization that death is inevitable rather than being regretful of the murder (he does not realize his wrong-doings). “Nothing, nothing mattered, and I knew why. So did he.
Most of the questions were left unanswered by Meursault, but the magistrate continued to attempt to obtain answers from the criminal. All of a sudden, topic of religion emerges and the magistrate asks Meursault if he believes in God, to which Meursault responds with a curt answer of a simply “no.” Meursault recollects, “That was unthinkable, he said; all men believe in God, even those who reject Him… ‘Do you wish,’ he asked indignantly, ‘my life to have no meaning?’” (Camus 42). The connotation of the magistrate’s question presents his exasperated reaction to Meursault’s shocking disbelief in God. By questioning Meursault about his own life’s meaning, the examining magistrate is implying that God is the source of rationality and meaning, so without God, one’s existence is meaningless. The word ‘unthinkable’ shows that it is unheard of and quite offensive for one to reject the existence of God, for rejecting God is like rejecting one’s own existence.
One could think of hardship not only as a test, but as the idea that God cannot intervene when it comes to a person’s free will, no matter how horrific the situation might be. This is true, especially when it comes to Christian teaching. The Christian God cannot interfere with the freedom He has given His people. Those who are followers of Him can only worry about themselves and leave the judgement up to the Almighty. They are responsible for themselves and only themselves.
Martin Luther King Jr’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, expressed his beliefs and his actions about the Human Rights Movement. Dr. King wanted to end segregation and he also wanted equal rights for everyone, but he was told by the clergyman that the movement was “unwise” and “untimely”. King explained that there will never be a right time for change in this society with bringing equality and justice to us all. Dr. King was told several times to wait, which prolonged his protest and marches. King became frustrated because people were being mistreated and judged everyday based off the color of their skin.
For Kierkegaard Christian faith is not a matter of regurgitating church dogma. It is a matter of individual subjective passion, which cannot be mediated by the clergy or by human’ artefacts. Faith is the most important task to be achieved by a human being, because only on the basis of faith does an individual have a chance to become a true self. This self is the life-work which God judges for eternity. However bad a priest, the whisky priest cannot change what he is, any more than the lieutenant can give up his quest to hunt him down or the mestizo escape from the role of Judas, who will betray the priest for his pieces of silver.
He thought this because he believed it involved that the elect that salvation that the elect could get could also be gained by the non elect person as a result of their own effort to salvation. Which I believe from my religion to not be true. I believe that anyone has the open and free will to receive salvation it's not only given to a specific group of people. But Calvin did not believe this to be true he believed that the reprobate are the people that God intentionally chooses to neglect, I don't believe that God neglects anyone that does not neglect him. John Calvin believed firmly in election and predestination and he backed his beliefs with biblical statements.
Thomas Jefferson was a pioneer on the topic of church and state and how those two things have no power over the other in any way, shape, or form. Jefferson explains this when he mentions “Almighty God hath created the mind free, and manifested his supreme will that free it shall remain by making it altogether insusceptible of restraint.” Jefferson believes that God created us to be free of everything, including religion. That is why Jefferson didn’t want to give up that freedom even to the government he was so strongly a part of. Jefferson then goes on to talk about how it is extremely wrong when a church forces a man to support or change his personal views just because of an outside source, Jefferson even calls it “tyrannical” some of the methods that the church had to gain control of people. Jefferson also said how it was wrong to require a public official to be of a certain religion, much like how the Baptists were afraid the John F. Kennedy would gain presidency then hand over the power to the catholic church, Jefferson also said that a man brought to power specifically for religious reasons tend to be “corrupt the principles of that very religion it is meant to encourage,” the official becomes very bias to that church that he is representing.
At that moment, “[Elie] felt anger rising within [him]. Why should I sanctify his name? The Almighty, the eternal and terrible Master of the Universe, choose to be silent. What was there to thank him for” (Weisel 33)? His trust in God had vanished, more so he did not think there was anything to thank him for.
Proceeding to state, “Now that we may fpeak clearly upon his Head, we mean by an Entbufiaft, one that acts, either according to Dreams, or fome Impreffions upon his Mind.” (4). Whitefield 's theological approach provided Holyoke with reason to reject to the reverends method of preaching, simply because it wasn’t taught. A set of standards should be met for all preachers, the prevailing theological instruction that began with early Puritanism roots would become inapplicable. Holyoke criticizes Whitefield because he neglects to show “Talent at inftructing the Mind,” an argument that would raise concern as it is most pertinent for the president of the school to determine. However, Holyoke does not place enough emphasis on what is truly important, or as he views as a lack of talent.
I am aware that Prometheus stole our darkest and perhaps our biggest secret, just to give it to mankind. It’s possible he felt sorry or pity for those men. But, I will side with you when I say, stealthily running off with Hephaestus’ fire was not the answer. Neither was it his place to give a God’s creation away nor did he discuss it with any of the Gods or Goddesses. He blatantly disobeyed you and Hephaestus, which was the wrong move to make.