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  • God's Eternal Law Through A Natural Law
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    THOMAS AQUINAS Saint Thomas Aquinas, as a philosopher, wrote several works that justified Christianity in a philosophical context, taking cue on Aristotle's old writings. Naturally, Aquinas took up on the Church's "ultra-conservative" views on sexuality and worked to rationalize them through his own theory of natural law. Aquinas argues against any form of sex where the intention to produce children is not involved. He explains this through his theory of natural law, where sex is purely for the ...
  • Aylmer And Goodman Brown Sin
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    English, Hawthorne: Judging Others Some consider judgement the greatest sin that man can commit; Judgement occurs when one man criticizes another, or nature. In Nathaniel Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown and The Birthmark, judgement becomes a reoccurring theme. In Young Goodman Brown, the protagonist, Goodman Brown embarks, on a demonic mission where he consorts with the devil, and judges his fellow men. With the devil's influence he concludes that all men are evil and from that point forward jud...
  • Hawthorne's Belief In The Universality Of Sin
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    Innocence Lost My Kinsman, Major Molineux and Young Goodman Brown present Nathaniel Hawthorne's belief in the universality of sin. These works provide numerous perspectives into the nature of the human condition and the individual's role within it. Hawthorne fictionalizes a world where communion with man is essential for spiritual satisfaction. The main characters of these stories face moral dilemmas through their pursuit of human communion. Whether the problems are moral, psychological, or both...
  • Nature's Sympathy And Partiality With Pearl
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    Throughout The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne uses Nature to symbolize both the negative and positive character traits which set the mood of the novel. By doing this, Hawthorne steps out of the traditional Romantic ideals, putting The Scarlet Letter into an her genre. I will call it post- Romanticism. Traditional Romantic writings only portray the positive side of human nature. They show the positive effects of individualism, the soul and freedom as only being positive. By comparing the imagery of na...
  • Public Nature Of Sin And The Penance
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    Forgiveness Christ Jesus some two thousand years ago came into this world to bring redemption for our sins. He did this through his death and resurrection, or what we refer to as the pascal mystery. We still encounter the saving presence of the Lord in the sacraments and in the Word. In each and every sacrament we come face to face with 'the grace of God our Savior' (Titus 2: 11). It is this redemption of sins aspect of the sacraments that I will be examine. In the past couple of century we have...
  • Symbols In Nature Around The Town
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    'The act... gross and brief, and brings loathing after it. ' This was said by St. Augustine, regarding immorality. This is discovered to be very true by the main characters in The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne's story of a woman (Hester) who lives with the Puritans and commits adultery with the local minister (Dimmesdale). In his novel, Hawthorne shows that sin, known or unknown to the community, isolates a person from their community and from God. He shows us this by symbols in nature aro...
  • Pearl's Acceptance Of Nature
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    Pearl is one of the most interesting and mysterious characters of the novel The Scarlet Letter. One tends to wonder why Pearl is the way she is. Why does she act so strangely and so differently than all the other characters? She acts this way because of a relationship she has with the force of Nature, which Hawthorne personifies as sympathetic towards sins against the puritan way of life. Because of this trait Hester's sin causes Nature to accept Pearl. Finally, Pearl's acceptance of Nature is w...
  • Dante's Inferno Francesca And Paolo
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    Within Dante's Inferno Francesca and Paolo appear in Canto V. This canto stands out amongst other verses as both and example of Dante's writing, characterization and also for demonstrating the deep allegory surrounding the work and the nature of sin. Francesca Da Rimini was the daughter of Guido Vecchio da Polenta, lord of Ravenna, and Paolo Malatesta, the third son of Malatesta da Verrucchio, lord of Rimini. Around 1275 the aristocratic Francesca was married for political reasons to Gianciotto,...
  • Man's Sins
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    Man's nature is a varied terrain, rife with shortcomings and surprising abilities. The two authors, London and Steinback, make use of this unusual dichotomy to convey their purpose. Man's often-pompous ego hinders his decision-making abilities, but behind this sinful shortcoming lays perseverance, which is astounding at times. Such an example of this could be derived from the two characters of Flight and To Build a Fire. Firstly, the extreme nature of their respective environments is harsh and i...

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