This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Compare And Contrast Religion In Two Works

1933 words - 8 pages

Religion is sold to the masses daily. In 1925 it was sold to the masses in the form of printed material by Bruce Barton. In 1960 it was sold to the masses by way of a film entitled Elmer Gantry. Bruce Barton sold a different idea of Jesus than most people were familiar with. In the film, Elmer Gantry sold religion with bravado and arrogance which was not the typical way of selling religion either. In each work, religion is being sold but Elmer is a more exciting and relatable character than Bruce Barton’s Jesus. Elmer Gantry sold religion in a similar way to Barton’s Jesus but did so in a more relatable manner.
In both works, each character sought out to sell religion. Although the major characters in each work were selling religion, their reasons for selling it were completely different. When Jesus was preaching religion, his reasons were noble. In The Man Nobody Knows, Jesus sold religion to save people. He claimed to be the son of God and was doing God’s work. He not only preached to the masses but also apparently had superhuman powers which cured the ill. “A woman who had been sick for twelve years…she said within herself, if I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole” (Barton, 1925). Not only could he heal people with a single touch, but his powers were so great that he did not even have to touch them to be healed.
An ordinary person cannot relate to having superhuman abilities. Although Barton’s Jesus was portrayed to be greater than he was portrayed in the Bible, most people would be able to relate more to the Bible version of Jesus. Barton took Jesus and made him into an even greater character. The Jesus in Barton’s book is a very strong and muscular man who can use his words to influence anyone. Average people cannot relate to this character because they do not know such a man and may not want to know Jesus as this type of person. Although, Jesus saved people because it was a duty imposed upon him by his father.
Elmer Gantry however, had a different reason for preaching the word of the lord. Elmer found it convenient to preach about the lord when he knew he could get something in return. He had no ulterior motive than to use the words in the Bible to his advantage to gain something for him. In the film, Elmer sees a good thing in Sister Sharon Falconer's evangelical troupe and cons his way into her tent-tabernacle, her graces, and her heart (Weiler, 1960). Elmer used the Bible to get closer to and ultimately to win over Sister Sharon. Elmer Gantry was an opportunistic character. He used religion when it could benefit him. Not only was Gantry opportunistic about religion, but was opportunistic when it came to sex and alcohol as well (Bluestone, 1961).
Many people can relate to a character such as Elmer Gantry. When the opportunity arises for something to go in his favor, he grabs the opportunity. Many people may feel the same way today. If an opportunity arises to get something for yourself, you...

Find Another Essay On Compare and Contrast Religion in Two Works

Compare and contrast the two Catherine's in the novel

836 words - 3 pages In the novel "Wuthering Heights", the major female character, Catherine had given birth to young Catherine. Their character traits are alike. There are contrasts between them, too. Nelly once said that, "Cathy was the most winning thing that ever brought sunshine into a desolate house - a real beauty in face - with the Earnshaw's handsome dark eyes." But Heathcliff said that, "Those two, who have left the room, are the only objects which retain

Compare and Contrast of two Dramas

1387 words - 6 pages Untitled Jackie Magnuson Professor Adkins English 1B 11 May 2011 Compare and Contrast Fences By August Wilson and Death of a Salesman By Arthur Miller August Wilson's Fences and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman warrant comparison. Wilson and Miller both execute dramatically different styles to articulate their independent perspectives of the struggles in maintaining respectful, trustworthy

Compare and contrast two developmental theories of

2321 words - 9 pages Compare and contrast two developmental theories of intelligence Intelligence is a complex psychological construct and promotes fierce debate amongst academics. Many experts maintain that intelligence is the most important aspect of individual differences, whereas other doubt its value as a concept. At one extreme many claim that individual differences in intelligence depend upon genetic factors, and at the other many argue that environmental

Compare and Contrast two ethical theories

2167 words - 9 pages In this essay I have chosen to compare two opposing theories, Immanuel Kant's absolutist deontological ethics and Joseph Fletchers relativist situation ethics. The deontological ethics focuses on actions made according to duty and the categorical imperative - which shows how acts are intrinsically good or bad. The situation ethics state that no act is intrinsically good or bad, and that actions should b made according to love. From this

Compare and Contrast the Two Families

941 words - 4 pages . Furthermore, as for Benjamin, the better family for him is the Komoetie family because of the fact they give him love, a different view of life, and in the end he searches for his own self identity. Fiela’s Child is set in the nineteenth-century rural area of South Africa. There are two different families, one being the Van Rooyens, a white family who lives in the dense Forest near the southern coast, and the Komoetie family, a black family who lives in

Compare and Contrast Two Slave Narratives From Two Different States

1032 words - 5 pages All of the thirteen colonies that became the United States of America had slaves. The slaves in each colony had different lives because of who their owners were, the task that they performed, and their location. Malcom X said, "There was two kinds of slaves. There was the house Negro and the field Negro"( Malcom X, 1965). Some slaves worked inside while others worked outside. Some slaves were located in the south and other worked in the

Compare and contrast the process and experience of decolonisation in two countries in Africa

1523 words - 6 pages -century. Works Cited These definitions have been taken from different sources including: Cedric Pulford, Two Kingdoms of Uganda: Snakes and ladders in the Scramble for Africa, (Daventry, Northants, GBR: Ituri Publications, 2011) available at Ebrary Books (http://site.ebrary.com/lib/dkitlib/Doc?id=10457078) (20 October, 2012); A. B. K. Kasozi, Social Origins of Violence in Uganda, 1964-1985 (Montréal, 1994) available at Ebrary (http

compare and contrast the meaning in the two story "the yellow wallpaper" and "th - Si - analysis

470 words - 2 pages is hot, do not ingest chemicals, waft chemicals instead of smelling directly, sodium hydroxide is corrosive, do not touch chemicals directly. Procedure: On the sheet provided write your name and write the name of your nitrate Part A 1. Look at your sample of nitrate (Do not touch it) Record the appearance of the nitrate. If instructed, you may have to complete the following steps in the fume hood - Check 2. Take a small sample of your metal

Compare And Contrast Two Alternative Systems Of Resource Allocation In The Economy

1783 words - 7 pages Compare And Contrast Two Alternative Systems Of Resource Allocation In The Economy Economics can be said to be the science which studies the relationship between scarce resources, with alternative uses, and consumers’ unlimited wants. Therefore the ‘problem’ of resource allocation can be seen to be central to the basic economic problem. In this way , how resources are allocated throughout an economy is of great importance and different types

Compare and contrast the representation of charities in two different television adverts

1371 words - 5 pages An advert is usually used to promote or sell a product. The two adverts I will be analyzing are different as they are not trying to sell something, but they are trying to promote their charities. In this essay I will compare how they represent their charities. Both adverts were shown during a soap opera before the watershed period so they attract different audiences.The National society of prevention of cruelty to children advert is directed

Compare and contrast the way men are portrayed in two different film genres

1084 words - 4 pages Movies that are being discussed are "Billy Elliot" and "Remember the Titans" for a genre of drama, and on the other hand, Armageddon and Fight Club are being discussed in regards of an action genre. After viewing the four films, it is noticed that there are wide differences portrayed in men from the two genres present. It is clear that men within drama genres are portrayed as being ambitious and more feminine. It shows that they fight for their

Similar Essays

Compare And Contrast Two Works Of Art

1376 words - 6 pages This essay will cover the similarities and differences between two Artworks " The Little fourteen -Year- Old Dancer" and " Baboon and young". Discussion about this works of Art will be based on the field man's analysis, thus description, analysis, interpretation and judgement on the subject matter, media and size, location and literal qualities, social, cultural and political issues surrounding the creation of the Artworks but in the form of

Love In Two Works Of Art: A Compare And Contrast Essay

827 words - 4 pages A Compare and Contrast Essay:(need creative title) “Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing.” Art is just that, one of many ways that people can express love. LOVE by Robert Indiana and The Kiss, by the French sculptor, Auguste Rodin are just two sculptures that demonstrate love. LOVE is a structure of the word love in red with the first two letters above with the “O” slanted, and the last two letters bellow the first two, that is

Compare And Contrast Two Approaches Essay

1404 words - 6 pages contrast these two very different approaches. Not only will I compare the methods of research used but also will note any similarities or differences they may have and indeed the strengths and weaknesses of each approach. My chosen approaches to evaluate are Behaviourist V Psychoanalytic.In 1913 John Watson published ' Psychology as the behaviourist view it', in it he outlined his new ideas. These ideas were considered 'new' because Watson disagreed

Compare And Contrast Two Countries Essay

2643 words - 11 pages Population Policy Essay in GeographyComparison of two Population PoliciesIntroductionPopulation policy determines the principles, objectives and policies adopted by the State as regards population issues for the purpose of influencing the population status, including variables in population growth and its main elements (fertility, births, deaths, geographical distribution, immigration, population composition such as population youthfulness or