People desire things to be explainable and the ability to see cause and effect. Nevertheless, the force of evil works independently of the human response. Dostoevsky says “If all must suffer for eternal harmony, what have the children got to do with it?”. Maleficent forces do not necessarily designate who it affects and this turns people to God, and begs the question; “What did the babies do to deserve to suffer?”. Hefling brings up the idea that blame transfers via generation which is why some of the innocent experience
The concept of an afterlife based on how one behaved in life is a defining characteristic of many religions, and Shakespeare uses this belief as the ultimate decision-maker in many character’s actions. The first incident of this defining power of religion is in Hamlet’s first soliloquy, “O, that this too too solid flesh would melt,/ Thaw, and resolve itself into dew!/ Or that the Everlasting had not fixed/ His canon ‘gainst self-slaughter! O God! God!” (Shakespeare, 1.2.129-132). The pain that he is experiencing due to his father’s death and his mother’s dalliances can only be resisted by his faith and his belief in better and worse.
“It’s the view that the only kind of ‘obligation’ there could possibly be is the kind that is disciplined by promise of reward or threat of punishment,” Antony claims. She believes that a Christians’ motivation comes from fear of punishment. Unfortunately, She dismisses the fact that motivation to do good out of fear of judgment may have value. For example, history teaches us that individuals who committed heinous crimes (Hitler, Stalin, Mao Zedong) have rejected the idea that their actions may produce judgment. Furthermore, besides fear of punishment, Christians have a higher motivation.
Thus, he is described as “not man enough/ to face the turmoil of a fight… and to risk his life”(1468-70). Through contrasting Beowulf’s readiness to kill Grendel’s mom and Unferth’s lack thereof, manliness is even more yearned for. The society can then use Beowulf’s standards and spurn Unferth’s behavior, forming a guide for individuals to
He said “They threw out the priests. And then Bokonon, cynically and playfully, invented a new religion.” (Vonnegut 172) Castle also said “Well, when it became evident that no governmental or economic reform was going to make the people much less miserable, the religion became the one real instrument of hope. Truth was the enemy of the people, because the truth was so terrible. so Bokonon made it his business to provide the people with better and better lies.” (Vonnegut
Either god is real and is punishing him for his impunity during the affair, or he is dead and has relinquished control over the stability of nature and humanity. John pursues the latter, likely because of his pride as both a Christian and a male. If we look at the evidence, it is clear that John is a man made of fear and pride. He would rather believe that god is dead, and the wrath of a godless land is more believable than the fact that he has broken his religious code of conduct. It’s more entertaining than surprising to watch John struggle with his pride, as he attempts to convince himself that he is a man of God who simply committed a deed as a will of social deterioration, rather than a blasphemous mistake that would call into question his character.
The balance of what is good and what is bad is a rather controversial topic in the story "A Good Man is Hard to Find". Most notably, the characteristics of both the Grandmother and the Misfit. The Misfit portrays an immoral personality and seems to be the evil in the story while the grandmother is the innocent lady seeking to be the good in this story. However, the religious virtues effect both personas and in itself draws the line around them mutually as sinners. Both characters have a particular relationship with Jesus, a physical crisis crossed with a spiritual crisis and different conceptions of reality; thus, revealing how the portrayal of these characters are not what may seem.
A typical Native American Indian meditation technique is the totem meditation. The last detail that falls in the category of their religion is symbolism. Native American Symbols can vary in meaning from one tribe to another and across different regions. These symbols
One of his main ideas, the Oedipus complex, is in the male’s case based on repressed hatred for the father, and a desire to usurp the father. The Oedipus complex provides a fairly straightforward framework for understanding atheism. The desires to usurp the father translate into a desire for the non-existence of God and the replacement of God with the self. One example of this is Voltaire, who was a deist who believed in a depersonalized, unknown God. The important thing about Voltaire is that he strongly rejected his father.
For example, even though Catholics are told that such afterlife exists, it’s considered a wrongdoing to control when you want to die. Which is why, suicide is intolerable for Hamlet to commit, since he sees it, as a sin against his God. In general, his faith played a vital role in the story to the decision’s he made of not attempting suicide and thinking more righteously. But yet again, throughout the play, as he understands the reality of human under his perspective, he begins to drift his mind into a world that he can’t hold on to. In other words, religion seems to have failed him in order to think positively and to have his morals in
The Zuni (Pueblo) reading attributes the finding, and losing of the sun (yielding winter) to Coyote (Stone, 2012, p. 1). The Coyote character is character used in most Native American tribes regardless of their mythology. He is used to show the “consistent inconsistency” of the natural world (i.e. things aren’t perfect in the natural world) and is blamed for the things that go wrong (Lecture Notes, 9/22/15). Further, the Zuni story is also used to show the power of their cultural heroes, the Kachina Dolls, and is used as a moral tale, warning people of curiosity and mischievousness (Stone, 2012, p. 2).
The third appeal described in the NMSI paper is logos. Logos is the appeal to the “audience’s logic by constructing a well-reasoned argument” (“Using” 13). In “Sinners”, Edwards uses the audience’s appeal to logic by stating facts or common sense. He appeals to the unconverted’s sense of intelligence in saying “it would be dreadful to suffer this fierceness and wrath of Almighty God one moment; but you must suffer to it all eternity” if they do not choose to follow God (Edwards 43). Edwards also says “all you that were never born again, and made new creatures, and raised from being dead in sin.
Admittedly, while I do believe Lewis makes the best argument for the existence of God, it should be noted that Freud died before Lewis. Therefore, Lewis had the final word and Freud was not able to defend his position against Lewis. However, even if Freud was able to counter Lewis’s arguments, Freud’s ideas were all based strictly on reason and lacked faith. In any event, all good arguments are based on critical reason and faith. In addition, Lewis shows how religion is not the easiest route to take; however it can reveal life-altering insights into one’s life.
Nietzsche believed in training people from a young age to maximize power to assert dominance and exude toughness because goodness was associated with everything that creates a feeling of power and, therefore, happiness. Straying away from this is the reason for man’s weakness, which he claims is equivalent to unhappiness and all that is considered bad. According to The Anti-Christ, weakness is to be avoided at all costs and adopts a mindset similar to the concept of survival of the fittest. More specifically, the weakest should die and it is