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IB English Song of Solomon Presentation Religion

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    • Religion and Song of Solomon
      Campbell Glass
    • Survey!
    • Reincarnation?
    • Afterlife?
    • No life after death?
    • Undecided or Unsure?
    • Anything else?
    • Death in Song of Solomon
    • Death in Song of Solomon
      On first glance it appears to be less prevalent than it is in other books we have read, at least before chapter 5
      Suicide (?) at the beginning of the novel
      Dead as a last name
      Occasional discussion of beatings
      Pilate is willing to kill to save her family
    • Pilate
      Her name itself is a death reference
      ‘Like a riverboat pilot?’
      ‘No. … Like a Christ-killing Pilate.’”
      (Morrison 19)
      Has witnessed her own father’s death
      “’I saw Papa shot. ...’” (Morrison 140)
      She herself has an interesting take on death
    • Chapter 5
      Hagar attempts to kill Milkman for leaving her
      Stabs with a knife, but can’t do it
      Later Ruth comes to Pilate’s house to confront Hagar
      Pilate and Ruth have an important and intriguing conversation on….
    • Page 140
      “Nobody lives forever, Pilate.”
      “Of course not.”
      “Of course, nobody.”
      “I don’t see why not.”
    • Page 140
      “Death is as natural as life.”
      “Ain’tnothin natural about death. It’s the most unnatural thing they is.”
      “You think people should live forever?”
      “Some people. Yeah.”
      “Who’s to decide? Which ones should live and which ones shouldn’t?”
    • Page 140
      “The people themselves. Some folks want to live forever. Some don’t. I believe they decide on it anyway. People die when they want to and if they want to...”
    • “Don’t nobody have to die if they don’t want to.”
      (Morrison 140)
    • Death as a choice
      Is death avoidable?
    • Also seen in other mediums
      The musical “Les Misérables Student Edition”
      “ ‘You will live … you’re going to live, it’s too soon, too soon to say goodbye.’
      ‘Yes … forbid me now to die, I’ll obey, I will try.’”
    • Suicide
      “Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.”
      -Phil Donahue
    • Which begs the question:
      Is suicide the choice to die or the choice to get away from one’s problems, with death being an unfortunate side affect?
    • Thoughts?
    • Death in World Religions
      In Christianity, when a person dies their soul goes to either Heaven or Hell
      This is based upon the choices they made during life
      Heaven is generally the same, but Hell has varying interpretations
      Often a place of eternal punishment
      However some more liberal Christians believe that Hell is simply a concept, as it is too harsh for a ‘loving God’
      Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that there is no Hell, the unsaved simply are annihilated
    • Death in World Religions
      Salvation is attained by escaping the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth
      This can be done in four ways:
      Jnana yoga: the way of knowledge
      Bhakti yoga: the way of devotion or love
      Karma yoga: the way of action
      Raja yoga: via meditative yoga techniques
    • Death in World Religions
      When a person dies, they do not go immediately to either Heaven or Hell
      Instead this is determined on the final day of reckoning
      Each person is judged as an individual by their own abilities
      Everyone is judged by God
    • Death in World Religions
      After death, one is reborn again continuously into a new being
      This new being is determined by actions in life
      The only way to break the cycle of reincarnation is by reaching Nirvana
      An enlightened state of complete knowledge
      Ignorance is the barrier to overcome
    • Death in World Religions
      Behavior does determine afterlife
      However very little emphasis on personal reward and salvation
      One can always atone before God
      When the messiah comes, everyone will receive eternal judgment and reward
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