British Literature and Christianity: How Much, and During What Time Periods, Did British Literature Reflect a Christian World View?
It can be argued that no single English novel attains the universality of the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace or the French writer Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. Yet in the Middle Ages the Old English literature of the subjugated Saxons was leavened by the Latin and Anglo-Norman writings, eminently foreign in origin, in which the churchmen and the Norman conquerors expressed themselves. From this combination emerged a flexible and subtle linguistic instrument exploited by Geoffrey Chaucer and brought to supreme application by William Shakespeare. During the Renaissance the renewed interest in Classical learning and values had an important effect on English literature, as on all the arts; and ideas of Augustan literary propriety in the 18th century and reverence in the 19th century for a less specific, though still selectively viewed, Classical antiquity continued to shape the literature. All three of these impulses derived from a foreign source, namely the Mediterranean basin. The Decadents of the late 19th century and the Modernists of the early 20th looked to continental European individuals and movements for inspiration.
Unlike Jesus, these Pharisees were so conservative and had made life to be too challenging to the ordinary Jews who needed to be saved from such oppression.
The split created two distinct Christian groups, the Roman Catholic and the protestant. Protestant, referred to any denomination that had a link to Eastern Orthodox beliefs or one of the Roman Catholic branches. Christians believed that Jesus of Nazareth was the messiah. This believes was strengthened by what he had accomplished. Christians believed that Jesusperformedvarious important task aimed at benefiting the entire world. He did this without favor or interest of any individual nation in mind. His work was unique, that no any person wouldhave dared to accomplish. From what Jesus said and did, his adherents came to acknowledge that God was using Him in a unique way (Duckett, 16). Perhaps, he was the Messiah anticipatedtostart Gods kingdom on the earth. These assertions of Jesus Christ made the early followers of Christian faithbelieve in Him, hence spreading of Christianity to other lands. According to Christianity website, the term “Christian” was a derogatory word used by “outsiders” (Christianity). In writing the New Testament, the term initially used to refer to believers was the “assembly”. Assembly was a Greek wordEcclesia; it meantan assembly or a group of people. The term had a political undertone in Greek. Much later, in the third and fourth century, the term “church” came into use. It meant a definite assembly that believers were composed of. The “church “was also a Greek term,Kuriakon. It designated “belonging to the Lord” (Guisepi).
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