Mark Twain'S Religious Views Seen Through His Works. Mark

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Mark Twain 's Religious Views seen through his Works Mark Twain is a fictitious name of Samuel Clemens. Mark Twain was an American journalist, humorist, novelist, and lecturer. He acquired global fame because of his travel narratives, such as The Innocents Abroad of the year 1869, Roughing It of the year 1872, and Life on the Mississippi of 1883. He is also famous for his boyhood adventure stories, particularly The Adventures of Tom Sawyer of the year 1876 and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn of 1885. He was known to be a distinctive humorist, and irascible moralist, and a gifted raconteur. Before independence, America was marked by cultural and religious differences among small colonies, making a single nation from these diverse populations…show more content…
God would choose a select few to save as per his sovereign plan. Once chosen, the select few would be justified by faith alone. The select few would still be subject to backsliding because of the weak human nature, and would, therefore, make efforts to live in Godly ways (Bryant 7). Between 1830 and 1850, this doctrinal conservatism was widely adopted by many people in the rural parts of the United States. The revivalist adopted reform as a preparation to receive grace rather than as a means to grace. The sin of the flesh such as drunkenness was used to mark evil doing with the aim of convincing sinners to receive grace. Sobriety was construed as a marker of grace for those converted. This reformism caught on widely, particularly in New York. The Great Awakening was moved in its fervor with the intense migration from the East to Mississippi Valley. This resulted in the development of a common religious culture in the Mississippi valley that is persistent to the present day. Mark Twain’s work reflects on several significant variations in the Mississippi Valley. Yankee Diaspora flooded the upper part of the Mississippi Valley. Presbyterian and Congregationalist and Presbyterian churches dominated the religious landscapes from Iowa to Ohio. The deep traditions of the American culture in these churches were associated with the relatively well to do. These were the upper-class churches and were found in the North. In the South were Baptists and Methodists churches that
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