“May God Forbid”: Assumptions and Worldviews in Two Foundational Documents


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"May God Forbid": Assumptions and Worldviews in Two Foundational Documents
"May God forbid":assumptions and worldviews in two foundational documents (
Documents are always written within the context of the assumptions and worldviews of their author(s). What seems natural to discuss for one writer may well never occur to another, not because the second writer doubts it in abstract terms, but because there is nothing in the second writer's world that suggests it is an issue worth addressing. Thus, comparing similar types of documents authored by different writers in different places may open to us the assumptions the writers held about the world.
Below, we will be comparing and contrasting two foundational documents (
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.....ere danger can be present, even though it is not manifest at this time. For
, it is a world where the sultan will always be the sultan and a
will always remain a
, world without end. No doubt the author would have readily assented if asked whether God was capable of changing this for the worse, but he cannot conceive of a world where God would want to do this. He is not suffering from hubris so much as he has developed complacency. Indeed, he even seems hesitant to allow for human mortality: there are many appointments but no deaths mentioned in
, while in contrast,
takes the eventual death of the complex administrator as a given, and provides instruction on who should succeed him (Denny,
, Foltz 233).