This paper attempts to achieve its objective by proposing a literary analysis of Jonah 1 using four literary devices: plot analysis, character analysis, setting and points of view. The paper will conclude with the theological message and relevancy of the message to Christians today. SECTION ONE: PLOT The plot of a narrative is constructed as a meaningful chain of interconnected events. According to Fee and Stuart, a narrative cannot function without a plot and a plot resolution, which means the narrative must have a beginning, middle and end, as in Aristotle’s model. Jonah 1 opens with a prophetic oracle commissioning Jonah to go to Nineveh and preach against the wickedness of the people (1:1-2).
Introduction The encounter between Jesus and Nicodemus (John 3) offered divergent biblical interpretations with regards to the development of Christian baptism. There have been dissimilar interpretations for and against a reference to Christian baptism in John 3. Basically, the paper seeks to explore the encounter in John 3 and its importance for the understanding of Christian baptism. Though the paper affirms references and exact meaning to Christian baptism as presented in John 3, there will also be a presentation of arguments against such assertions. These arguments which are contrary to references of Christian baptism in John 3 are presented to help outline their flaws and misconceptions.
A Historical study on American Advent Mission in Madras Presidency, 1880-1923 Introduction Christianity in India was a long and diverse legacy.1 It is generally understood that St.Thomas the disciple of Jesus Christ was the first missionary, who brought Christianity to India in the first century itself. But later in the subsequent period, Christianity reached the entire sub-continent by the missionary enterprise of both the Catholic and Protestant missionaries. These missionaries came in the garb of the Portuguese, British, French, Dutch and Danish and colonizers, bringing along with them not only their religion but also the western influence in terms of life style, culture, values, philosophy etc. This westernized Christian mission
It is for this reason of having been written first and also because of the fact that the period of Kenyan history dealt within The River Between is prior to that of Weep Not, Child that we shall discuss The River Between, first. In this novel, Ngugi critically examines and evaluates, primarily through the aspect of Christianity, the cultural clash between the Africans and the foreign invaders. According to Killam, ‘the life in his (Ngugi’s) novels is shaped by the presence of Christianity and his first novel The River Between was written when he was a devout Christian. Christianity is a major influence in both the colonial and neo-colonial novels of Ngugi. ( 1980 pp.7 ) Traditional religion and Christianity, the clashes between the two tribes and the scheming nature of reformers and statesmen etc., find place in the novel.
In classical rhetorical terms there is shift in emphasis from logos to pathos. Secondly, to enable hearers to do their sermonic work appropriately, there must be a shift in how sermons are offered. It is not overly dramatic to call this paradigm shift a homiletical revolution. After four to five hundred years of deductive sermons, the New Homiletic said, “No more.” In their place were offered inductive, narrative-type sermons. Sermons in the vein of the New Homiletic are expressed in the indicative instead of the
In this essay, I will discuss the usage of Christian elements of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, ballad written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and how they come together to make the moral. For this to be possible, it is important to note author's own religious beliefs in order to understand how he incorporated these elements into the text. Coleridge was a devout Unitarian Christian, though he continually struggled to accept some Christian ideas. Both his beliefs and doubts transferred to his poems, „In any case, Coleridge would certainly not have been the ﬁrst Christian poet to question, through the medium of verse, the morally disturbing implications of a divine Father who offers up His only Son (…)“ (Hillier 10) hence, the same should apply to The Rime. William Empson makes a point of arguing that Coleridge's subsequent addition of Gloss to the ballad influenced readers to understand the poem as a heavily Christian based one.
This has showed me to recognize how culture does in fact shape one’s beliefs and values. For example, in my Mukono host family, my host brother and I had many conversations about God, religion, Bible, and etc. Through those conversations it has showed me the differences and similarities between the Western culture and Ugandan culture on Christianity. Furthermore, I believe that if we value other cultures, we will be able to recognize how are own culture affects who we are. Through having the opportunity to read
Because of the primary influence of other faiths, within the Asian American tradition, there is a question about the authority of the Bible. For preachers in this context, there is a necessity for interpretive methods to properly convey the Word of God. To achieve these methods, the preachers, and the congregation participates in spiritual disciplines such as Lectio Divina and immense theological reflection. By taking part in like practices, the desired hope is to encounter the presence and work of God
8). The church was closely tied to the State, and the laws governing marriage in the Philippines were Church laws (Abot, n.d., p. 8). As such, many of the norms regulating and governing marriage during the Spanish period were indisputably Christian but the thing is that the imposition of Christianity did not bring about the complete destruction of native culture (Abot, n.d., p. 8-9). Anima (1975) notes that Christianized tribes developed various forms of courtship as a prerequisite to marriage. Although most of the tribes were Christianized, some groups retained many of their animist practices.
Systematic theology as a field of study of Christian theology theorizes a regular, logical and coherent account of Christian faith and beliefs. The Christian doctrine has gone through philosophical evolution over the course of history. Systematic theology draws on such doctrines and fundamental sacred texts of Christianity. At the heart of the system of theological thought is the development of method; one that can be applied universally or specifically. The Systematic theology in this essay will explore God (theology proper), God’s attributes, the Trinity as followed by trinitarian christians, et cetera.