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Where' all the Christian writers gone? volumes
But I have a religion; it is an effort to say what I am trying to say, among other things. "Nothing has influenced Christianity more than the last thousand years. If you open a notebook, toss a stone, and you will meet a Christian thought somewhere on the page.
Yet, for a school so omnipresent, few great writers have been commended by the churches. Instead, the relation between the West and the East is marked by tension. Authors are generally impartial philosophers who refuse to let their thoughts abseil from the dogmat. More and more the Catholic faith has felt at ease with the old testament bans, "does not do it" and "does not do it".
Jesus' main command was "Love one another" - it is not an ideal that uses force for spiritual mediators. In order to exercise stronghold, a Christian faith must separate good from bad and have these splits recognized as the good and wrong-do. He was not interested in exercising authority. He was a man of sympathy and sympathy, reluctance to condemn others, faith in the might of charity and pardon and friendship with prostitutes were the things that drew writers to his philosophies and, with irony, brought many writers into disagreement with the churches.
It was even possible for the churches to condemn writers whose work was clearly Christian, both morally and didactically. Dante's Divine Comedy was a deity and redemption religion but he was denounced as a heresy for questioning the Pope's quest for worldly might. Georg Eliot, who began her translation careers in theology, was doomed because she had a husband.
Late 19th cent. literature reviewer Samuel Law Wilson writes about Eliot's affair: "It was a rebellion against the recognized cannons of Christian morals, a breach of the tradition altogether, a trifle with a religious institutions in their holiness, a breach of society. "Dante and Eliot emphasize two old-fashioned clashes between the churches and the writer: some writers challenged the church's behavior, others liked to have intercourse with whoever they wanted.
In the aftermath, letters and Christianity have created peculiar comrades. A believing Catholic, Flannery O'Connor, whose command of speech and psychology has few rival, saw nothing notable about her faith in transsubstantiation. Henryk Sienkiewicz was a rather publicly known Christian, winning a Nobel Peace Price, while his contemporary Tolstoy, Ibsen and Twain were ignored.
The best-known novel by Sienkiewicz, Quo Vadis is a celebration of the bravery and aristocracy of the early Christians who were prosecuted in Rome. At a time when modernism accused the lion of ancient belief, Sienkiewicz's novel reinstates Christian arrogance and shows that belief is recompensed - Christ is defending and protecting his own (as long as they are the protagonists in a novel).
C S Lewis and TS Eliot were two other Christian people. They were both proselytized as grown-ups, with Lewis' choice being strongly inspired by his Roman Catholic writer and fellow writer, JRRR Tolkien. When Lewis and Eliot converts to religion in the end of the 1920', Christianity was a beast of the literature community.
In 1928, Virginia Woolf sent a letter to a mate about Eliot. "I' ve had a very embarrassing and disturbing conversation with dear Tom Eliot, who can be considered death for all of us from that time on. Became an Anglo-Catholic faithful in God and immortality, he goes to Mass. "A number of British writers adopted the Eastodox faith in a faux-rebel way by becoming Catholics.
Both Evelyn Waugh and Graham Greene were Catholics. "Greene was more ambiguous about his conversion: "Catholicism was not uncontroversial either. In the words of a Protestant Major, a Protestant Major of Rome condemned power and glory and begged Greene "to be more constructivist from a Catholics point of view". Greenene composed an excuse and reaffirmed his "very great dedication to the Vicar of Christ".
" A few years later, Greene recounted to Paul that his work had been sentenced by the Holy Ministry and the new Pop: "The new Supreme Pontiff replied: "This is one of the reasons why it is difficult to find a highly regarded modern novelist who is a proud and voiced Christian. Flannery O'Connor, the only Romantic novelist to have been hailed by US writers in the twentieth century, was even forbidden 10 years ago for reasons of racial discrimination in some South Roman Catholic school.
Modernistic and postmodern writing revived the Christian Orthodox form, and now it seems that the only apology for being a Christian author is a hundred years or so in the tomb. Does today's world have a prejudice against Christian writers? Is Christianity justifiably seen as a belief that discourages the free thought that great books require?