some of us know, the Crusades is not something that we enjoy discussing, but they were a big part of religious history. The Crusades were what the pope called “holy wars or expeditions,” that knights or people of their religion went on to gain control over holy land. Each Crusade had a social, economic, and/or political goal and aimed for one land at a time. The pope even exclaimed that if you went on a Crusade that you were assured a place in heaven. These Crusades, or “holy wars”, were driven by religious faith within varieties of religion like Muslims and Christians.
A Clockwork Orange, written by Anthony Burgess, deals with the essence of humanity and morality. Being difficult topics to grapple with, many turn to a religious perspective to inform their beliefs on these subjects. Burgess himself is a strongly Catholic individual and this ideology shows through in the ideas presented by A Clockwork Orange. The book contains a number of allusions to the Bible, Jesus and God’s intentions for humanity. These religious references build upon each other to develop Burgess’ notion that God created humans with free will, and how this leaves humankind flawed and prone to evil tendences.
Throughout literature, themes and messages have made strong points to convey an idea. Ranging from the epics of old, centered on selflessness and courage, to the modern stories revealing moral-building characteristics, themes play an important part in connecting the writing to the reader. In the story The Poisonwood Bible, author Barbara Kingsolver uses elements such as religion, nature, and the arrogance of the western world to reach out to the reader and introduce the concept she is trying to teach. Religion has an enormous influence in The Poisonwood Bible, primarily during the first two-thirds of the book because of the presence of Nathan. One prime example of this is when Anatole, the interpreter between the Price family
Antonio was once again being critical just showing that he is also human and he is like the God and Virgin in that he is composed of a caring and critical personality. Ultimately, showing that humans strive to judge people that have wronged them and care for people that have been nice or are close to
For many adherents, religion is holy and pure, rising above the concerns of everyday life, while politics is exactly the opposite, grubby in a way that displays the worst aspects of human nature. But although faith and government might not seem like a natural marriage, squaring this relationship is precisely what Jean-Jacques Rousseau and James Madison try to do in On the Social Contract and Memorial and Remonstrance, respectively. Madison and Rousseau wrote barely two decades apart, and they reviewed much of the same historical information in preparing their analyses. Therefore, one might think that their political philosophies, and thoughts on religion, would align closely. However, they actually have key points of disagreement; namely, Rousseau wants the state to play an active role in religion, whereas Madison does not.
Anaya proved god was not the only way to resolve problems, a mixture of religion and culture is necessary for growth, and god is not the only entity protecting people throughout their lives. Anaya’s purpose of promoting syncretism was exceptionally described through Ultima’s cures juxtaposed with Catholicism in his novel. The juxtaposition found in Bless Me, Ultima is and enlightening creation, able to bring harmony between two different cultures without war: “wisdom and experience allow one to look beyond difference to behold unity,” (Kanoza, 1999). For this reason, Anaya’s novel had the influence to create a whole new genre; Chicano
Bram Stokers Dracula is a novel that can be presented and interpreted in a number of different ways. Throughout the story, there are several themes that can be identified, such as womens rights, the importance of teamwork, and even the struggle between good and evil. However, considering Dracula to be a religious novel is quite debatable. Because of the several references and ties to religious thoughts and beliefs in the novel, Dracula should in fact be considered a religious novel, as the religious objects in the story are pivotal to the success of the protagonists, and Stoker is meaning to strengthen the power of these beliefs of the townsfolk. It is important to consider Dracula a religious novel because of the importance
Bruce Lincoln, a graduate from Haverford College, has devoted his career to the study of religion and has made a profound impact in the community in regards to the idea of myth. One of his most notable works is “Theorizing Myth: Narrative, Ideology, and Scholarship” that focuses on Levi-Strauss, Dumezil, and Eliade’s ideas about the subject of myth and their own perceptions of it. Lincoln goes on to explain the differences between the three regarding their different ideological and political motives. Lincoln then goes on to conclude that “Myth is not just a taxonomy, but ideology in narrative form” (Lincoln 147). Lincoln had finally came up with his definition of myth after spending a good amount of time analyzing all of the previous ideas
The religion of the community in Things Fall Apart is Igbo, however in this story, Christian missionaries come to try and convert the natives to Christianity. The colonizers wanted to civilize native’s people but instead they created for them a state of continuous Otherness. One important tactical feature inherent in the notion of culture is definitely it’s of differentiating between self and other. And culture plays an important role in shaping the environment. However, native’s culture has been disappearing due to influenced of British missionaries.
There are many religions around the world. Not only that, there are many religious organizations, secrets and alternative learning programs. Today’s society gives the public the choice to associate themselves with the religion that best suits their spirit and the option on what he or she believes the most. However, the essence is that religions are not so different from each other. Every religion has fundamental questions about the creation of the world, the man, the immortality and the meaning.