Through the characterisation of the Reverend, his narrow mindedness can be seen when he says “lord, we ask the same curse for those who ask grace for this sinner”. Kramer is trying to show that even highly regarded religious figures can be blinded by faith and have double standards, which is evident when the Reverend disagrees with his daughter about differing opinions on religion. However, Kramer does not want to be seen as anti-religious “religion’s supposed to comfort
“There is either obedience or the church will burn like Hell is burning!” (pg 30) Parris tried to defend himself with such passionate and heartfelt comments but Proctor would have none of it. To him Parris was not in his society. Also, his relationship with Abigail Williams was a strained one, plagued with affair, scandal, and betrayal. He did love her, but soon after seeing what she truly was he resented his connection to her and, like what his old true nature told him, he confessed, causing a resent to appear within the town that never gave him his old trust
“All right then,” Huck decides in chapter 31, “I’ll go to hell,” (250). With this decision, he realizes that helping his friend is more important than a traditional rule of the church. Likewise, Huck also reforms and fine-tunes his original moral code throughout the story. Generally his code for lying from the beginning is that it’s wrong and that he shouldn’t do it. But, throughout his adventures, he realizes that sometimes it’s alright to do it and sometimes not.
Dear Editor, Garrett Hardin’s essay, “Lifeboat Ethics,” although a compelling read, is an appalling example of sloppy conservatism which seeks to manipulate the reader through erroneous, contradictory, bigoted, self-important, and cruel statements. “Lifeboat Ethics” is undoubtedly one of those opinion pieces that is meant to show readers the error of their ways. He all but begs the reader to set aside his or her “kind-hearted liberal” feelings, and provides many examples to walk the reader through his own viewpoint—as any good op ed should. (p. 134). Nonetheless, the omissions and baseless presumptions present in this piece insult the intelligence enough that it is impossible to seriously consider Hardin’s point (which is stunning in its brutality).
To begin, how John Proctor voices his views on Reverend Parris’ legitimacy as a minister suffices to bring him on the path to accusation. For example, in Act I, he openly comments, “There are many others who stay away from church these days because he hardly ever mentions God any more” (1. 28-29). Proctor’s vehement protest against Parris’ authority begins here and builds to the point where he expresses strong desire, in the presence of Parris and others, to “find [the party against Parris] and join it” (1. 31) as he “like[s] not the smell of this ‘authority’” (1.
Pi looks down upon agnostics because “[they don’t] know which way is up” (Martel, 5) However, this is ironic because Pi himself is confused about his own religion. He believes in God but he can’t choose between which religion he wants to worship: “I was practising Hindu, Christian, and Muslim.” (Martel, 71) Pi’s religion is very important to him. However, he is not against Atheists, because they have a set belief. “Whereas the agnostic[s], if he stays true to his reasonable self, if he stays beholden to dry, yeastless factuality… to the very end, lack imagination and miss the better story.” (Martel, 70) This shows that Pi is angered by the lack of imagine and how agnostics are content without finding answers and they look for reason. Therefore he believes that doubt should exist, but should be momentary, to be replaced by a decision.
Dimmesdale is part of the group of ministers sitting in judgment over Hester when she emerges from prison. But he exhorts her to reveal the name of the man who was her lover. He suggests that it might be better for that man, too, if he were revealed. The Reverend Dimmesdale represents a weak man who sins but fails to accept public condemnation for his sin. His hypocrisy, however, eats away at him until his health fails.
What changed elie from the devout believer he was at the start of the text to the spiritually empty person he becomes 600 - 700 The novel night written by Elie Wissel expresses how horrific circumstances and maturity can play a role in ones opinions on religion. It speaks of how Elie whom at the start of the novel was a devout believe develops into a spiritually empty person. Through extreme conditions his opinions on his god change and as he matures his feelings and the way he thought about his god change. He doesn’t however rid god of his life and unknowingly still turns to him. Brutal and horrific sites of babies being used as shooting targets and hangings of fellow Jews lead Ellie on his path of believing his God was not stronger nor more powerful than man.
“At one point, I remember, we paused over a picture of Ted Lavender, and after a while Jimmy rubbed his eyes and said he’d never forgiven himself for Lavender’s death. It was something that would never go away, he said quietly, and I nodded and told him I felt the same about certain things” (Obrien 27). Another theme is fear of shame as motivation. Tim O’Brien experiences this himself when he is on the boat with Elroy. He decides to go to war because he is ashamed of running from it.
And my favorite targets were the bible and God. But there was a legal limit to how much time one could be kept in solitary. Eventually, the men in the cellblock had a name for me: “satin.” Because of my anti religious attitude.”(Malcolm X, 156) Throughout his hustling days Malcolm completely rejected religion. And as a result rebelled from society and began to reject the so called “assimilating negroes.” I would argue that having a religion gives people moral standards to live buy some of those moral standards include no cheating, no lying, and no stealing. Malcolm made his living lying, cheating, and steeling.