I soon found myself intrigued to affirm Christianity intellectuality, but was aware even when I was a child that maintain an identity in religion was a necessity (Frost, W. J. (2012, March)). I differed from most Quakers of my time with the ability to understand the reason behind Christianity a little more (Frost, W. J. (2012, March)). I during my time found that you cannot just develop one law or pamphlet, I instead emphasized rationale in the different cases in my life such as my trial in England to the founding of Pennsylvania (Frost, W. J.
Their similarities are found in the symbolic nature their battles, the characteristics of being an epic hero and even the way they pass on leadership. When Beowulf battles Grendel, it is closely similar to how Superman’s fight with General Zod is shown. Both Zod and Grendel want to terrorize the sacred place that the heroes, Superman and Beowulf, want to protect. Another similarity would be that both defeated their threats with bare hand handed combat because of the immense strength both Beowulf and Superman had. Though they have different personalities, what both share is that both are honorable, brave and determined to push to the end of the mission without
He believed that only the physical aspect of religion was emphasized; for example, priests would not tell worshippers that fasting not only meant abstaining from food, but also from the “flesh”, anger, hate, and other negative qualities (Erasmus 171). Erasmus claimed that man had the “free will” to either choose the “flesh”, which represented sin, or the “spirit”, which embodied the manifestation of Christ in man (Erasmus 49). Thus, personal beliefs and convictions, as well as individualism, were
Beowulf is the main hero in the poem, and he travels to the land of the Danes to help King Hrothgar get rid of the monster Grendel. After having slain Grendel, there is still a huge crisis present. Grendel’s mother comes to the Hall of Heorot to avenge the death of her kinsmen by killing Aeschere. Aeschere is one of Hrothgar’s most trusted advisors, and his loss bear’s heavy on Hrothgar’s heart. In the culture displayed in Beowulf, the bonds of friendship and kinsmanship are very important to the characters.
But Beowulf is willing to. Not only does he plunge into the terrifying lake but he goes to fight Grendel’s mother alone. All the witnesses are amazed he completed such a task. Thorin demonstrates this similarly in his fight against Azog. Azog is a monstrous, pale orc that murders any foes, including Thorin’s grandfather and father, in his way of conquering others.
They are responsible for themselves and only themselves. The whole psychology of it, the strengthening of religion in hardship isn’t totally absurd. It would seem through all the loss involved in situations like the Holocaust or 9/11, that some aspects aren’t completely lost. Perhaps putting all one’s faith in a God could supply help to make it through extremely difficult times. It could help keep people alive as they wait for some sort of redemption or subtle sign that their God is there with them.
I have never not been Catholic. Even though my parents are both Catholic and wanted to raise us to be Catholic, my sisters and I attended a lutheran preschool and we attended a methodist summer camp. My parents made sure to expose me to different religions while still practicing Catholicism. My faith is very important and personal to me. It’s something I can lean on during both good and bad times.
Søren Kierkegaard is considered the father of existentialism (“Christian and Theological Existentialism”). Kierkegaard wrote a book about the paradox surrounding Abraham sacrificing Isaac. The narrator questions whether “Abraham’s faith in God can justify killing his son” (Søren Kierkegaard: A Master of Refraction 78). Another existentialist, Karl Jaspers, argues that, “free will makes all faith essentially existential. Jaspers also argues that, since life is absurd, it is less absurd to believe in a God which promises eternal life than to believe in nothing at all (“Christian and Theological Existentialism”).
Stanley who represents realism in this novel and play pops Blanche’s illusion bubble through seeing the realism in scene ten he says: “not once did you pull any wool over this boy’s eyes!” Not only Stanley had broken her world of illusion, but also Mitch who is influenced by Stanley and destroys the protection of darkness by exposing her to the bright light. Stanley bringing up the past contributes to how Blanches ends up, alone and insane expressing the theme that what happened in the past determines the present, and illusion and fantasy directly correlate. Though reality triumphs over fantasy in A Streetcar Named Desire, when the truth comes colliding down on Blanche, she has no choice but to go insane ultimately avoiding the acceptance of
Having said that, I believe that some use religion as a way to silence the fear that they hold about things they do not understand. Instead of learning they choose to use their faith as the be all end all of their knowledge. I think that they choose to do this because they are afraid that they are wrong. If someone has grown up believing that something is the absolute truth it can be scary to think that they have been wrong. That fear of being wrong then consumes them and leads to the inability to learn.