Religion: Then and Now Group Project


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  • Huck Finn English 11 Group Project to look at religion and make a multi-media presentation of then and now

PowerPnt 2003.pngA PowerPoint slideshow of this work is available here: Image:Religion.ppt


Quick Brainstorm: 1/10/2008

  • Isreal
  • Middle East
  • Some religions against Movies being shown
  • Moral questions
    • Now: Abortion
    • Now: Gay Marriage
    • Book: Slavery
  • Book: Guns at feet in church
    • Hypocracy
    • Real world church
  • Huckabee (religious minister) running for office
    • How in book???
  • Now: Why do people go to church?
    • Tradition (like book)

Technical: 1/11/2007

  • Too hard to do entire thing video
  • PowerPoint
    • Lots of pictures and viedo and text
  • Video intro


  • Non-involvement/Tradition
    • Book: Grangerfords not listening to sermon
    • Now: Interview people and ask them why they go to church
  • Morals
    • Book: Questions over slavery
    • Now: Stem Stell, Abortion?, Gay Marriage? debate
  • Religion Helps

Book: Moral Questions Over Slavery

  • Aunt Sally says "Well, it's lucky; because sometimes people do get hurt." after she was told that no one was hurt but it killed a slave
  • Huck concerned that Jim stealing his children was stealing and felt bad
  • Conflicted several times about turning Jim in
    • Society says he should; but he sees Jim as a human
  • Miss Watson's religious nature doesn't make her immediately decide not to consider selling Jim down the river or see that slavery was wrong
  • Stealing someone from slavery was considered the "wrong" thing to do.
    • Huck amazed Tom would help (Tom knew Jim was already free)
  • Mary Jane very upset slave family separated
  • Slaves treated as sub-humans

Book: Mindless Tradition

  • Next Sunday we all went to church, about three mile, everybody a-horseback. The men took their guns along, so did Buck, and kept them between their knees or stood them handy against the wall. The Shepherdsons done the same. It was pretty ornery preaching--all about brotherly love, and such-like tiresomeness; but everybody said it was a good sermon, and they all talked it over going home, and had such a powerful lot to say about faith and good works and free grace and preforeordestination, and I don't know what all, that it did seem to me to be one of the roughest Sundays I had run across yet.
  • So I slid out and slipped off up the road, and there warn't anybody at the church, except maybe a hog or two, for there warn't any lock on the door, and hogs likes a puncheon floor in summertime because it's cool. If you notice, most folks don't go to church only when they've got to; but a hog is different.
  • You couldn't make out what the preacher said any more, on account of the shouting and crying. Folks got up everywheres in the crowd, and worked their way just by main strength to the mourners' bench, with the tears running down their faces; and when all the mourners had got up there to the front benches in a crowd, they sung and shouted and flung themselves down on the straw, just crazy and wild.