Mark Twain A Morally Deficient


Mark Twin was a morally disturbed man, and in that I mean that he was in some ways lacking the proper morals of the Christian life that he proclaims to lead, and his views of God differed greatly from those of the accepted views of that time. He viewed God as something to be found in nature and in the good of man, but not as an initiate that exists as our maker and savior. He also believed in many of the superstitions of the time, and spiritually combined both superstitions and facts of God into one completely obscene belief system. Expressions of these beliefs are woolly apparent in many of his writings: such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and ...

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been rumored throughout town, but to that day had not been brought out in the open. It seems that some time before, perhaps a few days or a week maybe, that a man by the name of Higgins, who at that time was the editor of the rival paper, had been jilted, and one night left a note on his bed, which stated that the could no longer endure life, and had drowned himself in Bear Creek. Upon discovering this note, a friend ran down to the river only to find Higgins wading back to shore, who concluded that he wouldn’t. The village was full of the rumor for a few days, but Higgins didn’t suspect anything. Twain thought it would be a perfect time to bring things out in the open, and if doing so would show his ability as a writer, probably be a lot of fun, and cause quiet a stirrer throughout town, then so be it. So Twain wrote up a wretched account on the whole matter, and published it in the next issue of the paper ( Times-7 ). Next he turned his attention to the matter ...

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with a double-barrel shotgun ready to pump somebody full of lead, until he found out that the author was only a child and let it go with a sound beating ( Smith-135 ). We can see from this behavior that Twain’s difficulty with authority and rebellious nature started at an early age.
Twain’s rebellion for the church grew, and as Twain grew so did his ideas and theology of religion. Although many have accused Twain of being a heretical atheist, he was not. He believed in God, but not the orthodox God of traditional religion. He wrote in his private notebook in 1898, "The being who to me is the real God is the one that created this majestic universe and rules it. He is the ...

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