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Is Sherlock Holmes religious?

The single strongest piece of evidence is surely this, from A Naval Treaty: "Thank you. I have no doubt I can get details from Forbes. The authorities are excellent at amassing facts, though ...
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Was Paradise Lost the first major work of literature to give "sympathy for the devil"?

As asked, the question is difficult to answer. Several premises are open to question: What constitutes a "major work"? What is your definition of "sympathy" in this context? ...
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What is "the sin that no Christian need pardon"?

This is an allusion to the book of Matthew: Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto ...
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What is the foundation of the religion in Watership Down?

In-universe El-ahrairah is much more legendary than mythical, more like a hero than a god. Here's how the text describes him the very first time his name appears: What Robin Hood is to the English ...
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Is Judaism represented in the Narnia books?

Note: This does not in ANY WAY represent my own religious views. It's possible that C.S. Lewis meant for the Dwarfs to represent the Jews. At the end of The Last Battle, the Dwarfs refused to be '...
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Was Shakespeare a religious fanatic?

I don't believe it would be right to call him a religious fanatic. His plays contain both pro- and anti-Christian elements, all of which seem to be more about playing into the sense of the times than ...
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What does "Catholic privilege" mean in Pym's Excellent Women?

This is remarkably difficult to track down as every source I can find online which uses the phrase ‘full catholic privileges’ does so with an expectation of the reader already knowing what it is ...
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Was Rand al'Thor supposed to be a symbol for Jesus?

From an interview here: Q: How much of Jesus Christ is there in Rand? We have the wounded palms, side wound, crown of swords... How representational of Jesus Christ is Rand? ROBERT JORDAN: ...
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Did the Lord of the Flies have any kind of religious reference more specific than just the Devil?

The entire book can be seen as an allegory for the Bible. It has a startlingly large number of allusions to Jewish and Christian myths and stories. Here are some of them: The island, in the ...
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Was Dostoyevsky atheist or Christian?

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky, author of such works as Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov, was a devout Orthodox Catholic from a very young age. He is reported to have, at a young age, ...
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Is Deeper Magic something more than God (the Emperor beyond the Sea) in Narnia?

First we need to understand what the "Deep Magic" is/represents, before moving to the "Deeper Magic." We know from chapter 13 of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe that the Deep Magic is written ...
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Why is Christopher Marlowe considered an atheist?

TLDR: 1 - Marlow was not an atheist in the modern sense. 2- Dr Faustus is not as clearly religious as it first appears Let's start by pointing out that "atheism" doesn't necessarily stop an ...
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What does "Catholic privilege" mean in Pym's Excellent Women?

Spagirl’s answer seems correct to me, but as the OP has expressed some difficulties, I’m going to have a go at addressing them. The main source of difficulty, I think, is “Catholic privileges”. This ...
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What is "the sin that no Christian need pardon"?

The general reference is to Matthew 18.21–22, wherein Jesus advises Peter that a Christian should forgive another's sins as many as four hundred and ninety times: 21Then came Peter to him, and said, ...
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Does the Abrahamic God exist in the Cthulhu Mythos?

Not in the mythos as Lovecraft conceived it It is hard to prove a negative: there is no categorical statement in Lovecraft's oeuvre that definitively rejects the Abrahamic God. Even if there was, ...
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What is the connection between "Holy Thursday" from Songs of Experience and the actual day?

The "Holy Thursday" to which Blake's poems refer is not Maundy Thursday, but Ascension Day, the celebration of Jesus's rise to heaven in his corporeal form. In the Anglican tradition, this ...
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Was Shakespeare a religious fanatic?

Like most English people until well into the twentieth century, Shakespeare was baptized into the Anglican church, but it does not follow that he was himself any more religious than the average ...
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Does The Chronicles of Narnia promote deism?

Although Aslan was more of an immediate presence to Narnia than the Emperor, he and his father worked in perfect unity. The Emperor was often referred to as "Aslan's great Father, the Emperor-over-...
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Which flood story was first: Genesis or The Epic of Gilgamesh?

Walther Sallaberger's book Das Gilgamesch-Epos. Mythos, Werk und Tradition (C. H. Beck, 2008) discusses the flood story mainly in the context of the Standard Babylonian version of the Gilgamesh Epic. ...
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What was supposedly satanic about the Lord of the Rings?

I do not find JRRT's stories particularly Christian, but I do really enjoy them. Having been exposed to some radical fundamentalists any mention of Magic is an aspect of demons at work to deceive. ...
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What religion is suggested by the "God" in the Korean sun/moon origin story?

You don't know how funny it is to read this. This requires both cultural knowledge of Korea as well as the language. The "Heavenly Lord" or in this context is formally called Haneulnim (하늘님, ...
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How does Emeth's presence in Aslan's Country in The Last Battle fit in with the rest of C. S. Lewis's theology?

C. S. Lewis can be fairly described as a Christian Inclusivist – he believed that Christianity was true, but was not willing to claim that only "Christians" would be saved. This is different from ...
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Did the Lord of the Flies have any kind of religious reference more specific than just the Devil?

Existing answers have covered a few of these concepts, but there was plenty of Christian iconography apart from the devil who promoted evil among mankind. The island itself, particularly Simon's ...
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What is the theology of Little Women?

The only thing that stands out to me with regard to the concept of the Trinity is from Little Men: When it ceased at last, and Mrs. Bhaer went to take away the lamp, Demi was gone and Nat fast asleep,...
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Why did Hamlet tell Ophelia: "Get thee to a nunnery!"?

Readers who think that Hamlet is sincerely expressing his own thoughts and feelings in this scene tend to interpret his cruelty to Ophelia as arising out of his disgust with his mother Gertrude for ...
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Does the blackness in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader have any religious significance?

The religious symbolism and iconography in Lewis's writing has been analysed by many; one useful examination is Salwa Khoddam's 2001 paper "'Where Sky and Water Meet''": Christian ...
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Did the Lord of the Flies have any kind of religious reference more specific than just the Devil?

The allusions mentioned above are true in some regard; although, some clarity could be made about the Christian idea of sin. Christianity affirms that each individual has the choice of, even the ...
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