In juxtaposition to the sin and punishment centric ideology that permeated the teaching of the Church at that time, Julian of Norwich extended her understanding of God’s specifically maternal role to demonstrate God’s innate kindness. Indeed, “God is kind because it is his nature. Goodness-by-nature implies God.” (McGrath 183) To Julian, this very understanding of God being fundamentally kind, and being removed from the role of moral arbiter, is what will lead one away from sin, for the kindness of God inspires kindness within the soul of the individual and from God “to [Julian] was shown no harder hell than sin.
After the fall comes redemption, redemption is the doctrine that shows how merciful God is towards his sinful creations. God, through his mercy, provides his son Jesus Christ as the ultimate sacrifice to redeem and cleanse the sin of his worshipers. The crucifixion of Jesus Christ allows anyone that accepts Christ as the one true Lord and Savior may enter into the kingdom of God and live eternally without any pain or sorrow. Through these doctrines, Christian’s can stand firm in their beliefs and
I think that Mary Rowlandson 's accounts did support Puritan beliefs. She quotes many scriptures throughout the reading. Among these is 2 Corinthians 12:9, which reads "And he said unto me, my Grace is sufficient for thee"(Perkins and Perkins, 120). This supports Puritan belief because their main goal was to save corrupted believers and non-believers. This scripture assures a person that his/her sins are taken care of by God 's Grace, and that encourages them to be saved and convert.
How does one live a life as a Christian that honors and glorifies God? The answer is by reflecting Christ’s image by acting as He would in every situation. Because of what Jesus has done for sinners on the cross, they desire to live by His example in order to give Him glory. However, living a Christ-like life can only happen through the work of the Holy Spirit, who comes in to sinner’s hearts when they first put their trust in Jesus and the cross, growing them and making them more like Jesus. Many characters in books, stories, and movies have Christ-like qualities and characteristics, an example of this being Harper Lee’s masterpiece.
Simon’s morals are well cemented and he sees the actions that Jack takes against piggy wrong regardless of any previous relation with Jack. The help Simon gives to the little ones shows he represents goodness in people and society. His visions and prophecies, along with his isolation and meditation, show that he represents spirituality and religion. Finally his dissociation with savagery and his eventual death to savagery show that he embodies morality in
threatening me saved Mayella Ewell one extra beating, that’s something I’ll gladly take. He had to take it out on somebody and I’d rather it be me than that houseful of children out there. You understand?” (249) (2)In this passage, Atticus once again walks the line that God wants every christian to walk, living by the Bible.
The pinnacle of Scheler’s development of a Christianity philosophy comes in his explanation in the origins and enactment of the philosophy of Christian love. Scheler describes this love as “a love which makes it seem frightful that only some should be ‘good’, while the others are ‘bad’ and reprobate”. By saying this, Scheler means that the love of a Christian not only values goodness and virtue within oneself, but that the love extends so far onto the other person that it desires that he or she be good and virtuous, also. Scheler describes this as a “sense of solidarity” with the other person, and says that “in this affection for the sinners I find no ressentiment”. This is a consequence of the new Christian philosophy that love transcends the material value of the person and instead treasures their inherent worth.
Faith and reason are the two wings that help the man to rise to the truth. Faith and Reason (Fides et Ratio) are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth. This expression leads Pope John Paul II 's encyclical "Fides et Ratio". After reading this encyclical, I was amazed in how Pope John Paul II, in so few many words is able to synthesize the core of his letter, the subject of truth, something essential in life and history of men. Thus, as Pope John Paul II sponsors the capacity of human reason to be aware of the truth and demand that faith and philosophy again find their profound unity.
Stanley Hauerwas, points out in his article, “The Moral Authority of Scripture:” “Scripture should be used as an ideology for justifying the demands of the oppressed. The authority of Scripture derives its intelligibility from the existence of a community that knows its life depends on faithful remembering of God 's care of his creation through the calling of
(Luke 7:41-43) Jesus told Simon this parable in order to make him understand that sinners can be forgiven if they understand what they have done and states all of the things the woman has done for him such as wetting his feet with her tears and then wiping them with her hair. Simon, who was supposedly righteous, did not give Jesus any of the courtesies that the sinner did, so Jesus forgave the sinner. Jesus was teaching Simon that God forgives those who
John Winthrop’s “A Model of Christian Charity” showed that the people valued their God most importantly for their God was their only hope in surviving in a new environment. Jonathan Edwards’ “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” was said very seriously and was taken seriously by the people who listened to the sermon. Edwards focused on a lot towards how sinners will be punished by God and will suffer an eternal punishment if they did not change their ways. Qualities shown were very serious and religious to achieve a well functioning society. George Washington’s Rules of Civility were also serious and showed that people must show the qualities of honesty, respectfulness, and self discipline.
He makes it clear that the actions that are performed by the slaveholders contradict the testament that they live so much for. Intending to target the more faithful Christian audience, Douglas remarks the character known as Captain Thomas Auld for his hypocrisy. “Master Thomas was one of the many pious slaveholders who hold slaves for the very charitable purpose of taking care of them” (33). This sentence holds much ambiguity – double meanings – to the words and description of Thomas. “Pious,” “charitable,” and “taking care,” all hold connotations of caring, loving.