Morality Without God Pages: In the end, through Frankenstein, Shelley concludes that moral and spiritual development can best be attained through the shedding of dogmatic belief structures, resulting in the elimination of God towards the attainment of self-realization. Strangely, although the secular theme is continued throughout the text, the religious references and biblical allusions cannot be ignored and are a complex addition to a text that could otherwise be viewed as a secular treatise on the dangerous nature of knowledge.
Other attributes of God will be considered later. All forms of monotheism are not the same. There are different varieties of monotheism. The first type of monotheism is that of a monad monotheism.
This understanding views God as a singular, unitary monad, i. The Judaic understanding of Jehovah is that of an unextended monad. The central creed of Judaism is the Shema statement of Deuteronomy 6: The Lord our God is one Lord. The Islamic understanding of Allah is also that of a single monad deity.
In the early church there were some ex. Arius who sought to retain the Jewish concept of monad monotheism rather than accepting Trinitarian monotheism, and there are still some contemporary groups ex.
Jehovah Witnesses who promote monad monotheism. A second form of monotheism is that identified as monistic monotheism.
This understanding of God views everything to be incorporated in a singular and unitary God-reality comprised of, and expressed in, the whole universe.
Such an understanding of a monistic oneness impinges upon the distinction of the Creator and the creation. Monistic monotheism is also evident in some forms of oriental religious philosophy, as well as in Unitarian forms of monism in Christian Science teaching and in the so-called New Age philosophy.
Some have attempted to express Christian teaching as a monistic monotheism, misusing such verses as Isaiah The third form of monotheism is Trinitarian monotheism, which has been the historic Christian understanding of the oneness of God.
The oneness of God is not conceived of merely as a singular, mathematical oneness, i. Christians also often see intimations of relational Trinitarianism in the plural pronouns that refer to God cf. Trinitarian monotheism is unique to the Christian understanding of God. This is not an idea that Christians concocted to complicate the understanding of God.
Jesus was praying that His followers, all Christians, would function in a relational oneness in the one Body of Christ, in like manner as He and the Father functioned in relational oneness in the Oneness of the Trinitarian Godhead. What we are emphasizing here is that the oneness of God must not be viewed as merely a mathematical oneness, a static numerical integer, for this creates at best a monadic concept of God as an isolated individual deity.
To illustrate this relational oneness, I will employ an admittedly inadequate analogy. My wife and I are married. Now, obviously, this is not a mathematical oneness. Paul employs this relational oneness of the marital union as an analogy of the oneness between Christ and the Christian.
Quoting the Genesis 2: The oneness of husband and wife, and the oneness of Christ and the Christian are not mathematical onenesses of essentiality, but they are both relational onenesses. When Paul wrote to the Corinthians, he again quoted Genesis 2: The entire context of the passage has to do with the relational oneness that is established in sexual union.
Like the marriage union, the spiritual union between Christ and the Christian is a relational oneness. Not a monistic oneness, or an organic oneness, or a merged oneness, or an absorption oneness; but a relational oneness. It would not be the marital union of relational oneness.
Those who cannot, do not, or will not differentiate between the relational oneness of God and other concepts such as merged oneness, absorbed oneness, or universal oneness, or any other form of mathematical oneness, cannot maintain a Christian understanding of the Trinitarian relational oneness of God.
It took a while for the Christian community of the first few centuries to think this through and explain such, but this Trinitarian monotheism was clearly advocated at the Council of Nicea in A.
Allow me to interject an interesting side note here: Those who adopted the Arian concept of a mathematical monad monotheism, those areas ex. North Africa of Christendom capitulated and were overcome by the Islamic conquest of the 7th and 8th centuries.
Without a Trinitarian understanding of the relational oneness of God, their God was no different, and had nothing more to offer, than the Muslim monad of Allah. Those without a Trinitarian theological foundation are susceptible to accommodating the Islamic Allah as equivalent to the Christian God.
It is not that we are mathematically merged, or that we are integrated into a single integer union, but we participate in a relational oneness with God, in Jesus Christ, and by the Holy Spirit. Thereby we have a relational oneness and unity with all other Christians who are likewise so joined in relational oneness with God.The physical setting of "God’s Grandeur" is our planet, Earth.
Though the poem was written in , the images are easily transferable to today. In the poem, the earth has a problem. Frankenstein’s creature is a testament to this theory as his education and growth follow several divergent paths throughout his short existence, resulting at the last in the freedom of .
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Mariani begins his biography with Hopkins’s most famous and indelible line, “The world is charged with the grandeur of God,’’ and he hangs on that line, composed in . An Analysis. The first four line of the octave (first eight line stanza in Italian sonnet) describe natural world through which God’s presence runs like an electronic current, becoming momentarily visible in the flashes like the refracted glinting of lights produced by metal foil when rumpled or quickly moved. the world is a deep. The “Fall” - A Second Look A Literary Analysis of Genesis They are in harmony with each other, with God, and with the world. Here is the will of God for His creation, captured in the later In referring to the woman "you put here with me" there is a subtle hint that he even blames God for his failure. The woman likewise.
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