*People use religion to manipulate others because people accept the system without questioning it.
*People only use religion when they need it.
*You can’t force religion; it’s a choice.
“After supper she got out her book and learned me about Moses and the Bulrushers… but by-and-by she let it out that Moses had been dead a considerable long time; so then I didn’t care no more about him; I don’t take no stock in dead people”(2).
“She went on and told me all about the good place. She said all a body would have to do there was to go around all day long with a harp and sing, forever and ever. So I didn't think much of it” (2).
“[The judge] talked to [Pap] about temperance...till the old man cried, and said he’d been a fool… but now he was agoing to turn over a new leaf” (16).
“Well, Balum he tuck de money en when he hear de preacher say dat whoever give to de po’ len’ to de Lord, en boun’ to git his money back a hund’d times… Nuffn’ never come of it” (35).
“Next Sunday we all went to church, about three mile… The men took their guns along, so did Buck” (83)
“It was pretty ornery preaching - all about brotherly love… but everybody said it was a good sermon” (83).
“[The king] told them he was a pirate … [but] he was a changed man now … [he] was going to start right off and…put in the rest of his life of his life trying to turn the pirates into the true path” (99).
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- Effect as a whole