Do you think it’s ethical to use your religion as a way to dominate and control others or instead use it to unshackle and help the oppressed? The latter describes liberation theology and the primary describes how mainstream Christianity used their religion. In this essay I’m going to explain how Jesus as liberator and Kairos time shows that liberation theology and mainstream Christianity are on the opposite ends of the theological spectrum. Liberation theology believes in equality and socialism and mainstream Christianity believes in domination and capitalism. I am also going to bring up how the new method shows how liberation theology is a better alternative to mainstream Christianity, as it shows how by following liberation theology mindsets on many
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.
Therefore, everything that one implements is largely a work of God and his very plans. Calvin suggests some tenets of his religious ideology that are universally applicable in the modern day protestant religious doctrine. This came to be referred to as being, ‘the limited atonement’. However, there were others which are still debated in Christian faith. The limited atonement ideology suggests that Christ’s death did take sway the sins of the world and all who so faithfully repent will have their sins washed away.
Throughout the novel, Nathan 's conceit towards the native people of the Congo is exhibited by his consistent disapproval of their culture. His nature and character easily resembles that nature of the west when they would send missionaries to Africa. Christians believed it was their moral duty to convert African people to Christianity. They would often push aside their cultural beliefs and make them convert. This is showcased by Nathan’s character because he could not let the idea go of having people not destined to God.
In Barbara Kingsolver’s work, The Poisonwood Bible, Nathan Price is a character which responds to injustice in some significant way. Out of all the other characters, Nathan is the one who responds the most to an act of injustice by going on a campaign halfway around the world to somehow repay his obligation to God. He plans to do this by spreading Christianity, or at least his version of Christianity, to the native people of the Congo. The whole reason for him doing this is that he believes being wounded and leaving battle right before the rest of his company dies is an act of injustice and feels as if though he should have died there with his men. Nathan feels like he is a failure and is guilty for not dying with his brothers on the battlefield.
Apess and Petalesharo are Native American were Native American authors whose style, tone and argument are very different. Apess used shared Christian beliefs to bolster his argument and his rhetorical form is one of encounter between the Native and Christian cultures. Apess asked his white audience to look in the mirror and he was more direct in criticizing his audience. Although he does not base his writings on Scripture, he quoted Scripture later in the selection as support for his argument. His purpose was to “penetrate more fully into the conduct of those who profess to have principle”, and who tell us to “follow Jesus Christ and his ancient disciples” (Apess B: 156).
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.
The European have broken the Igbo society into two. As a whole, this passage is about how the difference in tradition between the Europeans and the people of Umuofia led to a torn society. Chinua Achebe strengthened his claims of the important themes of the inability to communicate, which led to the state of depression, and eventually resulted to the Igbo society being torn apart, through the use of rhetorical questions, careful word choice, and symbolism. From this, he is able to grasp the reader’s attention, educating them about the Nigerian society’s disputes through its history of European colonization, which carry
I will now proceed to examine how George Bernard Shaw’s the Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God (1932) critiques rational inquisition into matters of religious faith. In hindsight, the sense of “cultural and racial superiority that...accompanied European colonization” was evident in the work of Christian missionaries in Africa. Rudyard Kipling, believed it was “the White Man’s Burden,” to move Africans from their backwardness, and towards civilization, through the spreading of Christianity. In Shaw’s the Adventures of the Black Girl...the white missionary responsible for converting, and as Kipling suggests, reversing the backwardness of the central character, the Black Girl, is annoyed by her constant inquiry pertaining to the ways of God, and consequently leaves her with an empty palate of unanswered questions. It is in this very first scene where Shaw is highlighting how religion, moreover Christianity, looks fallible under scrupulous light, and rational inquisition.
Luther the German Patriot and Founding Father Martin Luther is the “founding father” of Christianity, he started the Protestant Reformation. He was motivated by his fear of God and going to hell. Becoming a monk and giving up his legal carrier led him to his own enlightenment by reading the Book of Romans in the Bible. While he was trying to find his own salvation, he strongly disagreed with the corruption of the Catholic church. He realized that he can justify his own faith so as others.