Our Literary Religion

The Holy Bible, the Bhagavad Gita and the Quran, this article isn’t about them or any theology of religion for that matter. Have you ever wondered how major religions all over the world have affected literature? What if what we’re reading isn’t different from following a religion itself.

To start off with, both literature and religion are explicitly human creations, ones that most of us are proud of (for once), that affect a plethora of people all around the globe. When comparing them however, many people have radically different opinions. For one, ‘The Waste Land’ author TS Eliot believed Christ and religion to be above literature and literature could not be judged by anyone but theology. While some believed that God and literature were two drastically different things that shouldn’t be associated at all.

Now, taking a closer look at these two great frontiers that govern our society we see that they are both quite similar. May it be the powerful, endearing characters or the evil, frightening villains with repugnant beliefs. We also find that literature, like religion, asks similar questions of faith and humanity. We humans love running circles around the speculative questions like ‘where do we come from?’ and the afterlife. And lastly in this modern day and age, there really isn’t any way of defining a character without specifying their stance on religion and how it has affected their lives.

These are two Goliaths of human culture that are predominantly similar in the end. They affect each other equally and to some extent cannot exist without one another. So, may it be vampires, angels, ghosts or humans whatever you’re reading about or believe in, there’s always religion in there somewhere and there’s of course no religion without humanity’s cherished religious texts.