Lastly, his blatant blame of immorality on religion comes off as ignorant and rather over simplified due to multiple other factors affecting moral or immoral deeds. Therefore, this response will attempt to examine Dawkins argument of morality of religions and the idea of a zeitgeist. It will do so by examining the subjectivity of morality, Dawkins’s limited scope, the zeitgeist, and the immorality of religion. Dawkins demonstrates the immorality of religion through various biblical stories. He questions the morality of religion through multiple biblical characters, such as Abraham and his wife Sara, whom he married off to a pharaoh, the story of Lot and him impregnating both his daughters, the
To begin with, these Crusades were somewhat responsible for bringing people of the same religion together. In John Green’s Crash Course 15 he stated, “The best way to get people to unite is to give them a common enemy.” This is what the Crusades did. They gave a target, which was a holy land that was owned by another religion, and gathered people to fight for it. For example, the
There are thousands of religions in the world. Christianity is one of the commonly noticed religion. They are monotheistic meaning they believe in one God. Christians follow the teachings in the Holy Bible which is made up of two parts, the Old and New Testament. The major difference between Judaism and Christianity is Jews don’t believe the Jesus is the messiah and is the son of God (John 3:16).
Out of the two world wars, World War II is known to be the bloodiest and brutal war. The main reason this is to believed is because to the Holocaust. The Holocaust was the time period where many were persecuted for their beliefs and race. Hitler is who is to blame for the Holocaust, he is the one who organized all the horrific things done to the people who did not fall under his Master Race. Despite the many theories about the purpose of the Holocaust, the real purpose make those who weren’t members of the Master Race fear the Nazi Regime, to force them to obey the Nazi’s without question.
does use historical and biblical allusions through out his whole letter, there are two allusions that really stand out. On page 289 paragraph 31 Martin Luther King Jr. is referring to the clergymen letter of calling himself an “extremist” King proclaims “ But although I was initially disappointed at being categorized as an extremist......... Was not Jesus an extremist for love: “your enemies, bless the, that cure you, do good to them that hate you and pray for them which despitefully use and persecute you”. In this biblical allusions Marting Luther King Jr. talks about God being an extremist he does this because does it not just create common ground for everyone who knows those are Gods words but is use effectively to his power. When Marting Luther King calls God an extremist he goes on saying “ the question is not whether we will be an extremist, but what kind of extremist” these two follow after one another because some not all people think it is insane to love your enemies, to bless them because they are bringing you down but people go by it because it is the right thing to do so with that being said Martin Luther King Jr. is claiming he might be considered an “extremist” now for doing something out of the ordinary
This work of his was received with both criticism and intrigue. Calvin’s ideas were very radical, but he sought to back each of them up with what he believed was the ultimate authority of the Scripture. Calvin combats the idea that the church gives Scripture its authority because he believes that the Bible offers “as clear evidence of its truth, as white and black things do of their color, or sweet and bitter things of their taste” (31). He was constantly searching for ways to prove the consistency of the Bible, so he could further establish how authoritative it was. Calvin and Luther did not agree on the sacraments or the use of the law, but both were very influential theological figures of the Protestant Reformation and they both claimed that Scripture, not the church, was the true
The text Winthrop incorporates seems to support that in the Puritan’s belief, the Church goes above the law and everything concerning legal rights is carried out by the Church. Winthrop states that “the church, with one consent, cast (Hutchinson) out” (118). This text helps support why the Puritans believed that Hutchinson’s claim was against God and satanic. Because Hutchinson followed and preached the doctrine of the Inner light, which did not heed the law of the Church, the Puritans believed she was committing crime against the Church as well. The Puritans believed any religious beliefs that did not heed to the Church’s law is ultimately satanic and against God.
Jonathan Edwards’s sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” and Anne Bradstreet’s “Upon the Burning of Our House” seem at first glance quite similar to one another regarding context, however, after taking a closer look, it becomes apparent that there are some substantial differences. These differences cannot be understood without the knowledge of cultural context concerning the Puritan belief system and their lifestyle. “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” was written with the sole purpose of scaring and intimidating the people that purtinans believed to be sinners. Edwards’s work contributed to a movement called “The Great Awakening”. It’s objective was to make the so-called ‘sinners’ aware of their wrongdoings and compel them to repent.
For instance, Holden Caulfield calls many people throughout the novel who he feels has selfish motives “phonies.” Equivalent to Holden, Wiesel feels the need to prevent people (the “phonies”) from forgetting the Holocaust. Holden rebels against respecting widely revered people and Wiesel rebels against the progressing society. However, Wiesel’s rebellious actions are less voluntary than those of Holden. Wiesel has a sense of responsibility for justifying the deaths of the Jewish people: “We had all taken an oath: ‘If, by some miracle, I emerge alive, I will devote my life to testifying on behalf of those whose shadow will fall on mine forever and ever.”
Many gathered to watch the crucifixion of Jesus. On the contrary, while Proctor fell victim to it, Jesus overcame the temptations of evil. Many authors create symbols to relate to the reader. For example, an author will create a Christ figure in order to explain the actions of a character. In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, John Proctor is considered a Christ figure because of his temptations with evil and his selfless actions at the end of the
These beliefs depend on a fear of God rather than sole worship, as He is portrayed to be a spiteful, all-powerful being. In my teaching, the fear of God was not placed within me. Instead, a deeper trust in God’s saving powers was instilled upon my beliefs, which attempted to draw belief from love rather than fear. God was portrayed as an all-loving being attempting to free us from the control of sin, which quite evidently contradicts the image of a vengeful God. Religion has shaped the way the
I believe the cause of all of this is because the Puritans were too committed in their religion. Puritans were very committed to their religion, that they didn’t see what was going on. Puritans punished people like Roger Williams for suggesting the colony has a separation church and state. It said the church taught people to express their own opinions and emotions, which could have caused the witch crafts to make the illness. The Puritans believed that god had a part in this.
He argued that Christians will be disturbing the peace and those who do are rebelling and are disobedient. If you become disobedient to the king, you are also disobeying God. Boucher argues that if God wanted them to have independence they would have had it, and they should be grateful and thankful with our without it. He says “Obedience to government is every man’s duty because it is ever man’s interest; but it is particularly incumbent on Christians, it is enjoined by the positive commands of God.” (#32; pg. 101)
Moreover, Edwards had a powerful impact on his puritan audience of his puritan audience because of his use of a complex figurative language in the passage. In paragraph 2, it states that “They are now the objects of that very same anger and wrath of God, which is expressed in the torments of hell”. It also states that “Is not at present very angry with them as he is with many miserable creatures now tormented in hell”. Theses quotes reveal that God power is fear so that it can shut the sinners down and destroy sinners who made him angry.
It is the Old Commandant and his vast skills and expertise that crafted the laws, established the colony, and assembled the machine to carry out his will by punishing those who opposed it (p.196). This is quite similar to how the omnipotent and omniscient God led the Israelites (through Moses) to their promised land, passed on his Commandments and laws to Moses and to other devout believers he deemed worthy throughout time, and struck down, often mercilessly in the Old Testament, those who were deemed wicked or opposed his will and laws. If the Old Commandant could be considered God in this situation, then the Officer is similar to believers who hold an extreme conviction and blind faith in God and his teachings, almost akin to higher ranking Church officials in the past. This comparison is confirmed by the intense reverence the Officer has for the Old Commandant and his ideology evidenced by the “glassy look” the Officer had whenever he recalled the deceased Commandant (p.196).