Jealousy and envy are nasty things to have present in your life. They can take over your thoughts and life, just as it did with Satan when he was banished from heaven. But just what was Satan’s primary motivation? Jealousy or envy? Before we jump to any conclusions let’s find out what exactly the meaning … More Envy or Jealousy?
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 Cervantes’ Don Quixote, written in 1605 and the second part in 1615, Cervantes wrote about a man who was enthralled with tales of chivalry, Alonso Quixano. This man was so absorbed in these tales that he decided to serve his country in becoming a knight-errant (a roaming knight). Knights were no longer present in … More Don Quixote’s Dilemma
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 language that Foxe used in his over 2,000 page, small print book Acts and Monuments is almost understandable. This book was one of the first English literary pieces written, so it shaped and established the use of English literature for the future. Writers after him used his work as an example for their own … More The Understandability of ‘Acts and Monuments’
Was More risking persecution by the church because of his book, Utopia? I do not believe that More was facing any risks of being persecuted by the church when he published Utopia. I assume that he thought that most of the people who read his book would realize that the book was satire- depicting … More Could ‘Utopia’ Lead to More’s Persecution
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?