Mond and John

Mond and John - Mond and John's experiences of religion...

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Unformatted text preview: Mond and John's experiences of religion oddly complement one another. Mond knows about God and religion from the forbidden books he has read the Bible, the medieval Imitation of Christ , and the relatively modern works of Cardinal Newman and William James. John, in contrast, has actually lived a religious life in Malpais, surrounded by the rituals of worship and purifying himself in fasting and suffering. Mond's argument against religion in his world is materialistic the main point being that the culture of comfort has made God obsolete. According to Mond's view, people turn to religion only when age and discomfort impel them to look beyond the physical world. But if age and discomfort are banished, the physical, material world never loses its pleasure. Thus, Mond argues, God is irrelevant in the brave new world. In contrast, John's argument stems from a belief in self-denial and suffering in the brave new world....
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