Wells states; “This book [No Place for Truth] produced only half the picture I wanted to present, however. It offers an explanation of the cultural factors that have diminished the place and importance of theology in the church, but it offers no suggestions for a remedy of the problem.” He attempts to provide solutions, from a theological perspective, to the problem presented in his first book where modernism, technology, culture, and pastors bear a significant part of the blame in the changes the modern believers are facing in our churches today. Dr. Wells premise that Christianity has experienced,
I love how this story and the last 2 stories, Things Fall Apart and Marriage Is a Private Affair, all share the common theme of embracing Christianity. Eastman's "From the Deep Woods to Civilization” seems to embrace the religion much more so, however there are still questions as to why the Indian people should follow the ways of those who stole from them. The Indians also question why the Whiteman does not even follow their own religion faithfully so why should they? They feel that the second coming of Jesus Christ will punish the white man for failing to carry out His teachings. Throughout the story, Eastman challenges racism by comparing the values of white middle- and upper-middle-class men, as well as stereotypes of Native men.
She is quick to say, "The God that I serve looks at a person's heart deep down and not his appearance". Is this the case? Let's not forget quickly that our appearance can cause a fellow man to sin, and that is sinful on our part. This is surely the handiwork of the devil. nful Also, I think this trend is on the speedy rise because not much attention is given to it in the church today for fear of indirectly driving away and losing our already handful members.
He, like all those before and after him, was wondering why God was allowing His chosen people to go through the suffering they were having to endure at the hands of their enemies. He didn’t understand why no matter no matter how much he cries out for God to save them, God has not yet changed the situation. [footnote1] While Habakkuk begins by wondering or worrying about the world around him and God’s seeming indifference, he ends by worshipping God. [footnote2] Habakkuk’s name means to embrace or wrestle. Per usual, his name has to do with the message in his book.
This means that, as Orleanna Price says, “God has his own mysterious ways”. Anatole believed in the people of Kilanga while translating Nathan Price’s sermon. He may not have seen eye-to-eye with Nathan Price, mainly due to the fact that his whole culture is very separate from that of Nathans, however, he agrees to tranlate his sermon nontheless, and later on claims that he does it for the people, that he translates the sermon’s so the people can decide what to do. This biblical allusion can be connected with that of Jesus Christ, who was claimed to be selfless and calimed to let people take their one religion, however, encouraged that of Christianity. Anatole doesn’t encourage anything, he, proverbially speaking, ‘takes the horse to the water’, where Nathan Price comes in and attempts to ‘force it to drink’.
But I must not," (Hardy 97) indicating how a man of the God and the church was turning away from justice in order to assimilate into an elitist, apathetic society. Having had considered the option he knows to be righteous, the Vicar still decides to conform. This conformity is a microcosm for the Victorian upper class and their propensity toward absurd social laws that integrate into the church and discriminate against the less wealthy, revoking any right to salvation they have ever earned. Hardy's invocation of emotion
We see an example of one of Luther’s critical writings in Document 8. In this Document we see Luther take a strong anti Catholic stance and even go so far as to condemn the Pope. Document 9 also serves as another example and shows Luther’s being critical of the Churches officials and the need for priests by clamming “every baptized Christian is a priest already.” This last point struck a major cord with the peasants in Europe. Luther was telling them they could gain their own salvation by studying the bible for themselves. No longer would they need to be dependent on the Church.
The devil awaits Young Goodman Brown and Brown replies to the devil that faith was keeping him away-- this is a double meaning, both the human Faith, and the concept of Faith were keeping Brown from his meeting. While in the woods Brown sees his catechism teacher. The teacher is another obstacle that has underlying meaning, the teacher represents the teachings of Christianity and all that is good in the world. However this did not stop Brown from continuing on his evil mission. (Hawthorne 398-400) At the beginning of the meeting there is still some hope for Brown, who must now deal with what he feels is an honor-bound duty.
Father Barry who is seen as the catalyst in the film is a hero but not the ultimate true hero. He was able to persuade Dugan from acting ‘D n D’ to wanting to tell the truth in court. “You stand up and I will stand up with you.” Father Barry’s firm ‘Sermon on the docks’ speech presented over Dugan’s horrific death was a challenge towards the longshoremen to stand up and fight against this corrupted union, “Anybody who keeps silent about something he knows has happened- shares the guilt of it.” His persuasive quality was what made him a hero. However, Father Barry would not have found the courage to help bring justice to the community if it was not for Edie. Edie Doyle’s intense determination to find her brother’s killer turned her into someone who provokes others to tell the truth and fulfil their role.
Another way to relate this theme is that Goodman Brown seems like the only person the town who has not yet converted to evil so he may drop his Christian ways just to be like everyone else. A final way to relate it is Goodman Brown trying to protect his Faith from being broken. At the dark mass he has a battle with himself, trying to figure out if he should stay with his Faith or be like the other members of the puritan society. The good vs. evil theme practically covers the entire frame of the story because the whole story revolves around a man split between going to a Satanist mass or avoiding it and remaining a Christian. In the theme of morality vs. temptation, Goodman Brown has to either follow what he knows is right, or do what everyone else is doing.