Luke's Boiler Room

Essay by PollShell December 2004

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Well this is it. The final project for our little reader's circle is here. And wow is the topic wide open. Basically anything is fair game. It took me a while to think of something interesting and it finally came to me during finals week. I decided to write a paper on how Lucan themes can really be seen anywhere. Not just the confines of religious texts and mass, but in the everyday events we go through. I was one of those students who, in the beginning of the year, stated that I truly saw no religious connection in the books I had recently read. At that point I remember the latest book I had read was Rich Dad, Poor Dad, by Robert T. Kiyosaki. It is a great book, but where was the religion in it? I had thought. But one thing this course taught me is that even where you would least expect it (what do you know a Lucan theme), we can see religious concepts and references.

I started reading another book by Kiyosaki, Retire Young, Retire Rich, and in that book he made a reference to the first one. In that he recalls a story that his rich dad once told him as a boy. The story so closely resembled that of the parable of the dishonest steward. I was amazed. Before taking this course I had never had any real knowledge of the gospel according to Luke. As I read that parable I quickly made the connection and was stunned. It was hard to believe that even a financial book had made almost a direct relation with the gospel. After that, I started noticing in movies, other books I had read, and just everyday occurrences, that religion honestly could permeate all facets of...