In the book Robinson Crusoe Robinson went through many trials while at sea. Before departing, his father warned him against going out to sea and told his son that he could have a better and more stable life if he stayed at home. Crusoe took heed to his father’s advice for a few days but … More Robinson Crusoe’s Faithfulness to the Sea
In Francis Bacon’s Essays (published, 1597 & 1625) he wrote about things people would encounter in life like envy, friendship, love, money, and usury (The practice of making unethical or immoral monetary loans that unfairly enrich the lender. Originally, usury meant interest of any kind*). He discussed how you can benefit and avoid conflict from … More A Lack of Personal Touch
In reading excerpts of the King James Bible it is apparent that the idea of covenant sanctions was a very important concept. A covenant is an agreement or promise between two people and sanctions are like consequences (e.g. when a child finishes his supper he gets dessert, when he does not he doesn’t get dessert). … More Lasting Covenants
In Shakespeare’s play Macbeth there were many horrible things done. People were being misled, lied to, and worst of all, murdered! The main character and his wife, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, did the brunt of the un-godly acts. Macbeth committed treason, lied numerous times, murdered the king, and ordered the murders of other people. After … More “What’s Done is Done”
The book Historia and Tale Doctor Johannes Faustus, published in 1587, describes the history of Doctor Faustus, a man who was born into a Christian family and turned away from his family’s faith. As mentioned before, Dr. Faustus was born into a Christian family but he was given away to be adopted by a rich … More A Hurting Soul
In Thomas More’s book, Utopia, there is a dialogue between the narrator, More, and a well-traveled Portuguese man, Raphael Hythloday. One day as More was visiting Antwerp he spotted an old friend, Peter Giles. Giles told More about his friend Hythloday, who was with Giles at the time, and how knowledgeable he was about the … More Utopia and the Sensible Reformer
“Do you think that Luther really believed that Pope Leo X did not know what the indulgence salesmen were saying?” From what I understood by reading the Ninety-Five Theses I believe that Luther believed that the Pope, Pope Leo X, did not know about the schemes the indulgence salesmen were manipulating on the … More Did Luther Believe that the Pope was Innocent?
“Which do you think was more gripping to read? Boccaccio’s account of the plague or his stories?” That is a hard question for me to answer. Why? It could be that I did not find either of his writings gripping. But I will complete this essay and try to sum up which of Boccaccio’s works … More Boccaccio’s Gripping Stories
The Song of Roland and The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi did not give adequate guidance as to how a typical Christian should live. First let’s start with the Song of Roland. It did not give much religious advice or guidance of any kind. This book was more of a heroic war poem, … More Sources of Advice? Not Exactly.
“Did the early medieval literature that you have read encourage Christians to exercise political leadership?” Yes, certain pieces of literature did encourage Christians to be involved in political leadership. Justin the Mary Martyr and Polycarp, who was also a martyr, both encouraged Christians to stand up to bureaucrats who did not obey God. Justin … More Setting an Example