Throughout Cantos 1-6 of Purgatorio, multiple times different individuals were talking about shadows and especially the fact that they could recognize something was different with the Pilgrim based on his shadow: “When those in front saw that the light in my right side was broken, so that the shadow extended from me to the cliff… “Without your asking, I confess to you that this a human body you see, by which the light of the sun is split upon the ground”” (Canto 3, p.53, lines 88-96). From Heaven there were rays of sun shining down onto purgatory and this seemed like it could possibly be a symbol of God’s grace on those repenting to get rid of their stains before entering the Kingdom, which is there was no sun in Hell. The shadows also made
Mexican society tends to be religious, that is why the elements of Catholicism can be observed in many areas of Mexican’s life. This essay will investigate the Christian motives in Mexican literature, namely, the novel by Juan Rulfo “Pedro Paramo”. In this paper I will argue that the novel “Pedro Paramo” shows a typical view of Mexican Catholicism by focusing on Mexican beliefs of purgatory and ghosts, its role and image in the novel. Investigating its influence on plot and characters and making a comparison with The Bible and Catholic Doctrine of Purgatory’s description of these terms are crucial parts of the essay.
Deism is a belief that spread throughout much of Europe in the seventeenth century. There are many similarities between it and Catholicism such as the belief in a God and that man is a creature between God and beast. There are also many differences, however, between these two. While Catholics believe that one must know God, the Deist believes that God cannot be known, so one should study himself.
The article “School of Hate” was written by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, who is an American Magazine writer who lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has written many articles for the likes of Rolling stone, Gentleman’s Quarterly, and The New Yorker. In the article Erdely discusses the bullying and homophobia that happened in the Anoka-Hennepin school district during the mid-2000s. Her article gives both points of view from the kids being bullied, as well as from the religious conservatives who thought that nothing was wrong with the homophobic slurs that were being said to children and teenagers. One may disagree with the perspective of the religious conservatives. Some religious conservatives feel that they have all this religion, they read the bible, but they still treat other human beings with different values and morals other than their own so horribly.
A couple of weeks ago the Pope spoke for the very first time to the American Congress. Behind his speech, it should be noticeable the contradiction between his liberalist image, which has been seen before when he discussed topics such as homosexuality; and his conservative tone when talking about families, in this specific occasion, for example. As Francis is supposed to, he represented the Catholic Church as an united institution to the modern world; smoothly trying to open the minds of extremists but not crossing border lines. To achieve his main goal, to please as many different mind sets as possible, he left some topics off his speech.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter astonished many Americans when he boldly stated, “I believe Jesus would approve gay marriage.” Same-sex marriage supporters swarmed the comment sections on news articles commending the former president on his open mindedness. In an article titled “What would Jesus say about same-sex marriage?” Randy Balmer expands on President Carter’s statement and argues that Christians should support gay marriage because Christians “support” other sins, because Jesus said nothing forbiding homosexuality in the Bible, and because Jesus required people to never judge others. However, Balmer uses flawed logic as he inaccurately researches Jesus’s teachings and wrongly assumes all Christians interpret the teachings of Jesus. Contrary to Balmer’s opinion that Jesus would encourage his followers to support homosexuality, Jesus opposed homosexuality and correct analysis of Balmer’s points will demonstrate that.
Its good to learn, that the Presbyterian Church USA, approved same sex marriage. Its interesting that the Supreme Court ruling legalized same sex marriage in the United States, but questions are being raised how the decision will affect religious groups. Especially, those that remains opposed to allowing gay and lesbian couples to wed. Basically the court’s decision states that clergy and religious organizations are not obligated to perform same sex marriages. I hope in the future that more religions become more accepting for to all people that want to be married. Thanks for sharing a great post.
I have a personal problem with the requirements of the SIP Rationale. The objective is to write from a Christian perspective, but my faith is horribly damaged, and I’m having trouble writing without blatantly lying about how God is redeeming His world through the medium of art. In order to understand my predicament, I would like to share with you a bit about my history. I am sharing this in confidence, knowing that even though I’m not breaking contract, the information in the paragraphs below are sensitive and could be misinterpreted if read by the wrong person.
I had the pleasure of working with Monica Vallejo at Northwest Arkansas Community College where she served as an assistant in our English department. In addition, she served as president of “Insatiableink,” NWACC’s creative writing club in which I was a co-advisor. Her dedication and attention to detail was instrumental in giving the club its most successful year to date. I am proud to say that she has proven that she has all the qualities that make an extremely successful and responsible college student.
Catholicism and Christianity, the religion of the Reformation, are similar in the God that they worship and in principles that are held. However, Christianity took the doctrines of the Catholic church and made belief in God a more personal experience in order for the believer to connect with God like one would with a friend or a father. Christianity's doctrine of solus Christus, justification by faith alone, and the priesthood of believers, lead to the ability to connect on a deeper level with God.
An indulgence was a grant that excused a person from doing penance and reduced the amount of time of punishment of sins in purgatory. The Roman Catholic Church believed that every sin must be purified on earth or after death in a place called purgatory. Purgatory was a temporary place of punishment where souls bound for heaven must go after death to atone for unconfessed sins or sins they have not done enough penance for. The popes emphasized that they had the power to withhold the punishments of an individual. The Roman Catholic Church believed that saints did more good works than necessary to get themselves into heaven. The Roman Catholic Church began to claim that it had a treasury of indulgences which consisted of the merits of Christ and the saints. The pope served as a treasurer and could
Among the multiplicity of doctrines in the Catholic Church, one that is often debated is her teaching concerning the death penalty/capital punishment. Catholics are very much divided on this issue. Some are strong supporters of capital punishment, considering it just and right in society. Others abhor the idea of killing any human being, and advocate for the abolition of a practice they call immoral and unnecessary.
Furthermore, some Catholics believe that anything which stirs sexual desire should be covered up. As a consequence, erotic pleasure was removed from some books. Trollope 's novels do not showcase sexual desire because it was taboo at that time to include those elements in a novel. In Greeley’s opinion, the the lack of sexual desire in novels is a disadvantage because it causes the stories to be dull and superficial, in comparison to novels in which sexual desire is celebrated, such as Howach’s novels. Greeley replies sarcastically to this radical view as he explains that anything, like a walk in the park for example, could stir up sexual feelings. It would be nonsensical if one were to ban all things just because they may cause pleasure.
There is many interpretations of Heaven and Hell. Some imagine hell as being a place where the absolute wicked are tortured from all eternity, made by the Devil himself. A common depiction is that souls end up in Hell as punishment. In the final part of the Divine Comedy, Dante reflects on free will, and its perfection as a gift. It is this gift that Dante believes is Gods greatest gift to humanity. He utilizes this idea that free will is a major factor to a souls place in the afterlife With regards to this idea, free will, driven by love, is the prominent force for all the souls in each level throughout the Divine Comedy. God so loved us that he created us to love him.
China has been ruled by feudalism and undergone a long-existing patriarchal social system, making a strong concept of hierarchy between superiority and inferiority deeply rooted among individuals. The emperor had the sovereign power, and all the officials and people should serve and obey him as he is majestic and supreme. In this way, Chinese people of different social status are entitled with distinc death euphemism expressions.According to a book in ancient China called 《礼记·曲礼》(Li Ji ·Qu Li), it prescribed that “天子死曰崩，诸侯死曰薨，大夫死曰卒，士曰不禄，庶人曰死。” which can be interpreted as “the death of the emperors is called ‘崩(beng)’, the death of the dukes is called ‘薨(hong)’, the death of senior officials is called ‘卒(zu)’,