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The dictionary defines religion as a belief in or worship god or gods As the definition states practicing religion requires accepting certain beliefs Unfortunately these beliefs are largely unproven and non-factual As a result people may interpret aspects or elements of their religion differently and this may cause conflict In The Chrysalids by John Wyndham He has the characters have different views of religion that results in such a conflict Throughout this novel many characters express different views of religion The reader infers that their experiences are a major factor in shaping how they view religion One view of religion expressed by David He is young and doesnt have a strong sense of his religion That is why when David found out about Sophies sixth toe he promised Sophies mom that he wouldnt tell anybody David obviously questions his religion and therefore doesnt turn in Sophie David thought about how a blasphemy was supposed to be a frightful thing and how Sophie wasnt frightful at all He was puzzled because Sophie is just like everybody else He says A blasphemy was as had been impressed upon me often enough a frightful thing Yet there was nothing frightful about Sophie She was simply an ordinary little girl-if a great deal more sensible and braver than most p14 David accepted his fathers views of religion because David believe his father when he told David that deviations are mean and unpleasant beings One can clearly see how David doesnt have a good sense of religion Another view of religion expressed by Davids father He feels strongly about his religion and will obey his religions laws at all costs He is very commanding and protective of his religion This is shown when David states My fathers faith was bred into his bones his principles were his sinews and both respond to a mind richly stored with examples from the Bible and from Nicholsons Repentances p16 He
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