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Throughout his writings and his life Mark Twain earned a reputation as a cynical critic of Christianity as illustrated by observation that if Christ were here there is one thing he would not be a Christian Twain Mark Twain s Notebook 328 In Twains collection of letters and essays contained in Letters from the Earth his writings include several letters which interpret different religions and the Bible Excerpts from Adams Eves and Shems Diary describe the evolution of humans and the earth Twain speaks of the curiosity of human beings which led to hundreds and hundreds of religions Twain 14 The overall approach is sensitive to the many twists and turns in Twains views of religion The evolution of the earth and descriptive images spoken through the eyes of Adam and Eve as written within their diaries is meant to present an immense descriptive mental picture in the minds of the reader allows Twain to explore the beginnings of the universe the beginnings of life The reader through these images can actually view the enormous beauty God intended at the earth to be Through Eves descriptions and Adams scientific discoveries of every new discovery the world began to evolve Twain needed to express through his writings the wonders of the universe and the wonders of God Twain continues his quest to explain to the reader the evolution from the time of Adam and Eve through the present time and what is expected of humans humans that follow religious beliefs such as Christianity Twain explains the needs for repentance from the good deeds and sins we commit in our daily lives As Twain stated Often when we repent of a sin we do it perfunctorily from principal coldly and from the head but when we repent of a good deed the repentance comes from hot and bitter and straight from the heart Twain 173 The sad truth of today humans believe that once they repent their
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