Religious Studies Courses On Christianity

1540 WordsOct 6, 20167 Pages
Religious studies courses focusing on Christianity can benefit from reading Dashiell Hammett 's The Maltese Falcon. Why? Because religious studies can incorporate other studies as well. For example, sociology can be used during religious studies courses to study why people believe in a specific deity or how religion can affect the behavior of individuals. Psychology can be incorporated as well because religion can have both negative and positive psychological effects. An example is how religion can be used to persuade people to do both good and bad things depending on how it is taught and interpreted. Focusing on the aspect of the deadly sins in The Maltese Falcon this novel can be used a tool to diagnose and assign each character an aspect of sin to represent. This would give students a book other than the bible to use as a reference to the behaviors that are associated with the seven deadly sins. When we think of pride as humans we think of self-confidence or satisfaction from one 's accomplishments, but what about hubris when self-confidence becomes arrogance. Sam Spade our main character described by Hammett in chapter one "Samuel Spade 's jaw was long and bony, his chin a jutting v under the more flexible v of his mouth. His nostrils curved back to make another, smaller, v. His yellow-grey eyes were horizontal. The v motif was picked up again by thickish brows rising outward from twin creases above a hooked nose, and his pale brown hair grew down from high flat temples
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