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Harris 1 Connor Harris Dr. Terry English 231 10 Dec. 2010 God and Society Collide In a survey done in 2007 by the Department of Sociology at the University of Baylor, it was found that 55.6% of people “felt called by God to do something.” ( Baylor Religious Survey, Wave 2 ). With that, it is reasonable to conclude that roughly half of the United States population shares the belief that God has a plan for them. Everyday we come across people who have chosen to make an impact, both good and bad, through their actions. Some decide to dedicate their lives to helping less fortunate, by spend their time counseling troubled individuals. Unfortunately, some people make the wrong decisions harming themselves or others; driving under the influence resulting in the death of a family, leading an entire people to hate and exterminate an “inferior” population, or the hundreds of other poor decisions made in society that we see highlighted every evening as we turn on the news. Yet all the time, we are told that, “God has a plan.” If God does have a plan, then one might question why we constantly see these atrocities when we clearly have the ability to show the same compassion and love given to us by the Lord himself. Is it because these terrible decisions are a part of God’s plan? Is it because He has a soft spot for bad people? Or do we make these decisions regardless of the will of the Lord? Are we soldiers simply stepping to the beat of his drum, or are we left to the consequences of our own choices? “Fate versus free will” is a conflicting interest that has been around since the beginning of time. In early British literature, heroes such as Beowulf, Dr. Faustus and Sir Gawain struggle
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Harris 2 with this very thing. Constantly one sees them question a predetermined journey with consideration to the potential that they have the freedom to choose. Everyone ponders these opposing views and the fact that the answer is uncertain causes frustration. To get a better understanding of this struggle between ideas join us tonight, in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as three highly acclaimed authors, two of which will be revealing their true identity, debate this interesting and questionable topic. The originator of “Beowulf,” Christopher Marlowe, and the person known as, “the Gawain poet” will attempt to iron out these highly intriguing viewpoints in a debate at Rudder Tower on the Texas A&M campus at 8 pm and also airing on most local cable channels. Admission is free and open to the public. Christopher Marlowe, born in 1564 in Canterbury has grown up to become a highly acclaimed poet and dramatist, only surpassed by Shakespeare. Marlowe’s work both on paper and on stage is incredible. Along with his many accomplishments, he also has the controversial tag of being a devout atheist, which can be found in the themes of many of his works. He would argue what happens to us is a product of the decisions we make, none of which is affected by a
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2011 for the course ENGL 231 taught by Professor Ezell during the Fall '09 term at Texas A&M.

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