And last, he states that there is a perseverance of saints, therefore all who are saved are saved for eternity. Calvin expressed these ideas in the Institutes of the Christian Religion. 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).
We can say that Doctor Faustus is also a Christian play, because it deals with themes of Christianity during the play. First there is idea of sin, which Christianity considers something that is against the will of God. According to Christianity, Doctor Faustus’s sin is the act of making pact with Lucifer, by disobeying God and making pact with the devil. In Christian religion even the worst sin can be forgiven through the power of Christ, who according to Christian belief he is God’s son. After Doctor Faustus’s sin where he makes pact with Lucifer, he still has opportunity for redemption, all that he needs to do is to ask God for forgiveness.
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.
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.
Sinners in the hands of an Angry God is a Puritan writing. The Puritans believed in Puritism and believed that God is the everlasting savior that can do no wrong and we as humans are eternal sinners. Belief that few could truly reach heaven, and the rest were doomed to damnation made their lives a struggle with religious anxiety. The followers of Puritism did however know that the pen is mightier than the sword and wrote many stories of fiction, non-fiction, and autobiographies centered around self-reflection of oneself. Further into the stories there was much symbolism hidden in every sentence as the Puritans believed everything was a sign for God, for example if you got a papercut, God wants you to stop reading that book.
The Manichees were a group that believed in the dualism of good and evil. They head that God was not omnipotent, but that he fought against his evenly matched opposite, Satan. In Manichaeism, Humans are then the byproduct of the never-ending battle between God and Satan. This religion also formed many of his other views that he held about God for many years, one
Nestorianism, named after Nestorius, was built on the denial that Jesus was fully God and fully human at the same time; his explanation was something like a split personality between the human and the divine nature. The two natures could cannot coexist at the same time, however, they can switch back and forth; although Jesus has both natures inside on him, they could not both at the same time. Eutychianism was named after Eutyches, a man who opposed Nestorianism, who believed that Jesus’ divinity and human nature combined to create a new, third thing. He taught, “Christ’s humanity was so united with his divinity that it was not the same as ours” (Quash and Ward, 41). If Jesus was not able to be both man and God at the same time, he would not have the ability to save us from our sins.
Hucks guardians, Widow Douglas and Miss Watson, practice Christianity. Huck and Jim on the other hand, believe in superstition: they look for signs for answers rather than God. They look for bad signs in everything; if anything bad happened to them they 're sure to have a sign that was leading to it. Though their superstitions are silly, they do have reason to believe bad things will happen to them: they live in a world where nature is dangerous and people act with hatred. Huck has a realization that the Christian “good’’ isn 't really “good”; they believe Huck will be condemned to hell for saving Jim from slavery.
These people join an organization which says that they do their best to find new people who believe in their religion. However, in the end this is not even humane anymore as they murder people to get more attention and ban other religions. Conflicts between ethnic subcultures often have to do with discrimination and racism. People tend to make a difference between people with for example a different skin color. Some ethnic subcultures think they are more important than other subcultures.
It is easier to pull someone off a chair than to pull someone up onto the chair. This is just like Christians who aren 't very strong in their faith. One minute they will be trying to help a person. The next they will be pulled off the chair. Another point that needs to accounted for, is how Satan tells people that going to the flow is the right thing.