Man Can Not Live Without God

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J. Michael Carpenter

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Man Cannot Live Without God

The question “Can man live without God?” is interesting because most people would argue that it depends on worldview. However through a careful analysis of The Scarlet Letter and Ravi Zacharias’ book Can Man Live Without God a definitive answer can be concluded. The depiction of God’s role in The Scarlet Letter, the antitheistic worldview described in Can Man Live Without God, and a look into how God affects life today will provide more than satisfactory information to conclude that man cannot live without God.

The Scarlet Letter is a brilliant novel depicting the life of Hester Prynne after having an affair with a local reverend. Hester Prynne, at first ravenous and distraught in her jail cell, soon overcomes her situation by finding peace in her daughter Pearl. Even though the rest of the city has shunned her, Hester credits God for blessing her with a wonderful daughter from her sinful affair. However, every coin has two sides. Hester’s lover, and Pearl’s father, Rev. Dimmesdale finds himself in an increasingly worse situation. Dimmesdale, not having the same closure that Hester did in Pearl, begins to become filled with guilt and worry. This eventually leads to him developing a heart condition and unknowingly seeking treatment from Hester’s fiendish long lost husband, Roger Chillingworth. Chillingworth is hell-bent on tormenting Hester and her lover for betraying him. Even though
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