The characters in Popular Mechanic, though they were convinced that they were acting out of love, actually caused harm to their child. Augustine, because of the great length of his writing, perhaps most accurately captures how when we are not oriented, ignoring the concept of Status Viatoris, we lack all three of the theological virtues. These writings indicate the importance of the theological virtues as we live out our finite lives. Dr. Miller defined
Blaming God, blaming another person, blaming yourself. Hefling discusses why humans always mess things up which additionally takes some of the blame. Humans allow evil to occur in their lives by accepting that evil will always get the best of them in the end. Hefling also examines human habit, that can take the blame for their shortcomings. He argues that habits become second nature which leads to the questioning of one’s responsibility for their actions.
In an unenlightened state, this is a comment how far and how bad conditions can get when people fail to question traditional practices. Kant places “the main point of enlightenment… chiefly in matters of religion because our rulers have no interest in playing guardian with respect to the arts and sciences” (109). Kant explains that religion is one of the greatest threats to enlightenment because, unlike other fields, there is significant incentive to spread the way of a certain religion. The unchecked power of the church and of religious members is one of the results of this, as seen in Candide. Kant goes on to write that “religious incompetence is not only the most harmful but also the most degrading of all” (109).
Asking the invisible for more is rude. It might seem also wrong for many of us that are religious to call God “invisible” in this writing. Only because he is not invisible he “lives through the church and our hearts.” Even if there was a God, why do we tend to ask him for more. Have we grown lazy enough that we ask the invisible for the impossible? To change things that are ruled by nature.
In addition, slamming the door on a devil’s tail and drawing a cross on his back can easily defeat him. In other words, Father Ferapont desires to use physicality to explain faith. Furthermore, he deduces that evil has a physical presence in the world and that it is an external force. Although Father Ferapont is a monk, his ideals on faith are not representative of a typical holy leader. Fyodor Dostoyevsky experiments and expresses the differing opinions of faith, God, and evil’s nature through Zosima and Father Ferapont.
In the story, Beowulf refers to religion and how God has helped him win wars, "The fight would have ended straightaway if God had not guarded me.” Nowadays, we have the same values but they are not strong as in the past. Courage for example, sometimes we are afraid to act or defend a friend because we are afraid of the consequences. We are afraid of become a victim or being judged for our actions.Wiglaf shows courage when he refuses to withdraw from war saying, “A warrior will sooner / die than live a life of shame” (2890-2891). Beowulf also talks about destiny, “fate goes ever as fate must”(455). In my opinion, we are the masters of our destiny.
Dante’s Inferno focuses on spirituality and sin, whereas in Susan E. Blow’s article, Dante’s “Inferno”, the author ignores Christianity. Christians bear the burden of making conscious decisions and to ignore wrong thoughts or evil things. Dante believes that Christians must avoid evil doings or experience the wrath of God. Blow states that through sin a person learns wisdom. When discussing the “Inferno”, Blow notes that “view that sin ultimately rests is, that man can only learn what he is, by finding out what he is not, and that the violation of his ideal nature reveals him to himself”(123).
The death of God has negative consequences on our view of natural world. It’s full of “shadows of God”. We have to stay against these shadows because they can contradict our understanding of nature. Nietzsche believes that each person is to find their own religious report through years of study, instead of just accepting whatever they’re being told without thinking or searching about it. Also find symbols that can hugely challenge enough to change people’s religious understanding of God and gender, instead of using God’s language to manipulate people’s minds and control
Ishmael Response/Reflection One of many morals taught by Daniel Quinn is that we shouldn’t base the way we live our lives on religions. In the book, Ishmael, the topic on religion initiated a handful of controversial remarks. Quinn believes our society depends our lifestyles on religious beliefs because they guide us to the ‘right’ approach to “ought” to live. Quinn points his finger at prophets, claiming they promote irrational laws to live a certain way. He feels humans use creed as a reason/excuse to do what satisfies them with the world and accuses the gods when natural disasters occur.
When I was a kid, I foolishly prayed for pain, knowing “that the testing of [my] faith produces endurance,” leading to perfection and completion (James 1:2-4). Feeling blessed like Job, I wanted to prove myself, but I realize now that only fools pray for pain. Nonetheless, he is a fool who has never experienced true anguish. Instead, I should have prayed for wisdom, understanding that God may pour it down from heaven in the form of pain. This juxtaposition of a loving and all-powerful Creator with the presence of evil perplexes theologians and philosophers alike, but Robert Farrar Capon suggests that “If God seems to be in no hurry to make the problem of evil go away, maybe we shouldn’t be, either … Maybe… evil is where we meet God.” The book of Job is an encouraging testament to the suffering soul, but anyone who would seek out Job’s pain for himself is beyond ascetic.