In the story of Robin Hood, Robin stole, but only from the rich so that he could give to the poor. He justified the sin of theft by claiming he had the good intentions of helping the poor. A similar circumstance to this occurs in Born Again by Charles Colson. The author is sent to jail for taking part in Watergate. Colson is in an Alabama jail where the prisoners are only allowed to wear dark brown clothing. A problem arises when the weather becomes unbearably cold and the prisoners do not have sufficient clothing for the cold. One of the prisoners discover a bunch of heavy coats, but they are all the wrong color. In order to help the cold inmates, Colson and others break the jail rules and smuggle dye into the prison the change the color of the coats. Everyone knows that smuggling things into the prison was wrong and it was against the rules, but some believe that the ends justified the means, therefore it was acceptable. Colson may have had good intentions, but he should not have smuggled dye into the prison because it effected his peers, his God, and his family.
Nat Turner struck back at the slave system with violence because he considered himself a prophet and felt that killing white people was God’s will. The original family that owned him gave him access to white children school books.The worst treatment of Nat Turner received as a slave was from Thomas Moore, who gave him a thrashing after Nat suggested that the slaves ought to be free and would be one day or another. I would not consider this abuse because many slaveholders would punish a slave for speaking against slavery. As a young adult, Nat Turner is said to have practically memorized all of the Old Testament. The Old Testament, the slave church, and extensive fasting deepened his faith, and he used his faith to justify his actions. As a Baptist preacher, he got the support of other slaves and was able to travel around the town and learn the layout of the land. He was also able to gain confidence in himself and his ability to complete what he thought was
How do you allow God to take control of your life and entrust that everything will be okay? This was the type of question author Anne Lamott (2006) baffled with in these next few chapters. Lamott (2006) shares her personal life story of entrusting God in her book Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith. This paper will provide a summary of chapters two thru four, combined with a personal reflection, and conclude with a few desired questions that ideally could be answered by Lamott.
Perseverance, adaptability, integrity are all key features outstanding people learn to master. In this essay I will show three articles/poem that show great examples of how people used at least one of these in their lifetime. The first paragraph is a poem by Langston Hughes it is called “Mother to Son”. The second paragraph is an article about a man called Nick Vujicic it is called “Life Without Limits”. Third paragraph is by Neil MacFarquhar and it is called “Saudi Arabia’s Freedom Riders”.
In the novel Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel, the author grants insight into the burning of a so-called “heretic” by the name of Joan Boughton through John Foxe, author of Foxe’s Book of Martyrs. The episode is described in improvised detail by Mantel from the view point of a young Thomas Cromwell. Mantel’s account includes the securing of Mrs. Boughton to the stake she would be burned at, the sound of her screams as the fire licked her flesh, the jeering of the crowd, the primal enjoyment had at this brutal scene by the spectators, all of these details being offset only by his own interpreted discomfort at witnessing this. This supposed distress provides a direct line into the character of Thomas Cromwell as depicted in the novel by Mantel. This passage is also used to exemplify the frame of mind of the times Cromwell lived in, along with his own opinions on the matter as she records him asking, “Does nobody pray for her?” and his declination to “have a go” at the burnt widow’s skull, offered by one of the onlookers who had
C.S. Lewis, a christian apologist writer wrote Mere Christianity in the nineteen-forties during world war two. Lewis wrote Mere Christianity in attempt to bring together a “common ground” of truths for the core of the Catholic Church’s beliefs. Mere Christianity shows readers logical ways of understanding the Catholic faith and he is presenting this central idea to help comprehend such ideas. The preface of Lewis’s Mere Christianity sets forth his ideas and arguments. Lewis is trying to convince readers his argument is credible and trustworthy, he is trying to get readers to understand his positioning and he is trying to give a sense of clarity. The preface shows Lewis’ goals when writing this argument; it shows how Lewis wanted so badly to express Christian unity no
At the beginning of his accounts, Cabeza de Vaca thought of the Natives not better than animals, but by the end of the book, he thought of them as people with a lot of potential and was opposed to making them slaves. What set him apart from all the explorers that came to the newly discovered land? How did this Spanish explorer who was raised in the nobility come to think this about the Natives? Was he simply a man with extremely high morals by nature or did circumstances landed him there? Given the symbiotic role the Natives played for Cabeza de Vaca to survive by the end of the book, De Vaca changed his indifferent perspective about Natives to people who deserved respect.
In both the inspiring narratives of Narrative in the Life of Fredrick Douglass by Frederick Douglass’s and in Incidents in the life of a slave girl by Harriet Jacobs the respective authors demonstrate the horrors and disparity of slavery in there own ways. They both use their unique experiences in the difference facets of slavery to show a very complete picture of the problems and atrocities of slavery.
Charlemange was a medieval emperor who ruled most of Western Europe for forty-six years. He lived from 742-814. He was called "Charles the great" or "Charles". Charlemange became king of Franks. He was emperor of romans, conquered a lot of land, he kept Christianity alive, built schools and he was the father of Europe. Because of these three reasons he was a good leader. (history.com)
Just like Jesus sacrificed himself and put himself before others to save humanity from sin, Carton took Charles Darnay’s spot so the guillotine could behead him just so Darnay could be with his wife and child again. Carton and Jesus are most alike in that they both sacrificed themselves for either a whole civilization or just one line of a family. Before he dies Carton says, “‘I see the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful, prosperous and happy, in that England which I shall see no more’” (442; bk. 3, ch. 15). Carton knows how scary it would be to die from a guillotine but he makes a promise to Lucie that he wills always make her happy even if that means dying for her or for her husband. When Jesus was carrying the cross, he
Your Honor and the ladies and gentlemen of the Jury of the Court of Justice, throughout this case it has been well established that the defendant in question, Charles I, is not only guilty of exercising absolute, arbitrary power over his subjects in the United Kingdom, but also for establishing and enforcing laws that undermined the good of the people. Though the defense might argue that Charles I was a remarkable leader heavily influenced by religion, he actually ruled over England as a tyrant. Charles I thought he was superior to Parliament and his subjects, and disregarded the law with utmost disrespect. Though he believed in the Divine Right of Kings philosophy, that he was put on this earth to serve God’s will, this does not excuse Charles’ actions of imposing unjust taxes when he became in need of additional financial funds. His taxation for ship money was outrageous, and only furthered his own strength and power.
King Charles’ execution speech is saturated with religious references, particularly regarding the divine will of God and belief in the afterlife. In prayer, King Charles beseeches God to “take those courses that are best for the good of the Kingdom and your own Salvations.” This reflects the religious landscape at the time as it was believed that it was God’s providence that sanctioned the regicide as well as the later declaration of England as a commonwealth and the moving away from a monarchic system. As a king, Charles would have been expected to uphold religious ideals, therefore his beliefs shown in his speech give insight into that aspect of the religious landscape; however, this information does not cover the religious beliefs of wider
“Dark Money,” is written by Jane Mayer who has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1995. Jane Mayer is well known, not only for the amazing job she did on Dark Money, but also for her book, “The Dark Side: The Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals.” Furthermore, she has received a plethora of awards pertaining to her literary writings and is well renowned in her field. Dark Money begins by introducing the Koch family, a hyper liberal, very anti-communist, and incredibly wealthy family. The Koch family came about their wealth through the willingness of family patriarch, Fred Chase Koch, to assist the U.S.S.R. in developing the country's oil, building their refineries, and essentially fueling the war campaigns
It was pretty simple growing up do this and do not do that, and to me life seemed so simple. Until. I had to grow up and started thinking on my own. As I began to experience people outside of my culture and outside of what I was used to I realized that maybe not everyone is christian after all, and that with the changing influences around me if I wanted to make Christianity a priority in my life I had to make something of my own. However, at a young age and just wanting to make friends I brushed that off and continued with my life, and has I grew up things in life got tougher, with the Haiti Earthquake many questions arose about the health of my family and our loved ones. In the midst of all that there were health issues here and there with any given family member. However, even then it was hard for me fully look to God to help me through the issues, because the issues seemed to fix
When Cronin’s wife feels that life has a deeper meaning and she has a purpose because she survived the accident. This was the version 2 of the meaning of life that Cronin states, “possesses an organized pattern of meaning. Grief means something, joy means something, love means something.” The author's thinking matches with his version 1, which was “Life is a series of accumulations—friends, lovers, children, memories, the contents of your 401(k)—followed by a rapid casting off (i.e., you die).” Therefore, even after the accident Cronin does not feel the need to practice Christianity. The author blames the events that played out in his life. First, the author says, “My Catholic upbringing was halfhearted and unfocused, but it made an impression” -By “impression,” this quote also shows that he believed in god, just not all the teachings being taught by the church- and when Cronin’s wife and kids try attending church, they do not feel satisfied. Second the author has not been traumatized by any of the events in his life. Therefore, he did not feel the obligation of practicing a religion. His life events followed: promoted job; his writing was making profits;