This essay aims to bridge the gap between a past religious xenophobia towards Catholics and a newer fear of Islam, while exploring Protestant motivations behind the persecution of the Other. Anti-Catholic sentiments are not dead yet, but the attention has shifted to a new group: Muslims.
Divinity in Literature: Speech Acts, Paradise Lost, and the Character of God
If Milton’s God is performing speech acts in Paradise Lost, then the character of God breaks with the nature of divinity defined by Empson and the churches of Milton’s time.
Thanks to feminist advocacy, the 21st century seems to be the best time to be a woman yet. Why then would 21st century women abandon their hard-won liberties to join conservative religious groups that, to outside observers, seem to oppress women?
The Westboro Baptist Church is one of the most visible fringe religious groups in contemporary America. And founder Fred Phelps likes it that way.
Regardless of the biological makeup and gender identification of Hijras, there seems to be one resounding and all-encompassing truth about them as a population: they are believed to have life-altering religious powers.
Many missionaries in the past had discounted other civilizations as savage and beyond help, opting for forceful conversion in place of mutual understanding. Desideri, however, was not so quick to do that, and as result, he helped unlock the door to the Roof of the World.
he told her he used to walk through smoke / couldn’t breathe, he said. and sometimes / she practiced, lying still until her lungs ached / until she broke and flew away like moths in a night sky.
Red eyes and tearful leaves / Call on the sickly feel of fall, / The show we’re shown tastes just / Like the candy that Abraham must / Have given Isaac his son.
It is crucial to point out that God is still present in the picture, no matter the amount of shame He experiences due to Adam and Eve’s betrayal. This reveals God’s compassion for His creation and His willingness to take care of it and His expectation for us to do the same.
“And I’ve never / needed something someone something to guide me home but I always / thought it’d be nice to want to live through Christmas.”
“Salle pomme rouge sur la terre / Started from the very bottom / Falling into my desires / The light at the end is too far…”