The Crisis Of Faith, By Corn 's Letter, Flannery O ' Connor Essay

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Most Christians have at times experienced a “crisis of faith” due to new contrasting ideals that may provoke questions (Carroll, 409). Entering college for the first time is a vulnerable time for anyone who has been brought up all their life to think and believe as they are told. College freshman, Alfred Corn, was experiencing this unfortunate crisis. (Carroll, 409) The knowledge we individually obtain throughout our livelihood constantly evolves and adapts to new information and experiences, unfortunately learning too much at times makes us question our current standing beliefs. In cases such as these we need the advice and direction from those that have more knowledge and experience than us to try to amend those confusing thoughts. Compelled by Corn’s letter, Flannery O’Connor, a staunch catholic, aims to convince Alfred that Christianity is a paradox; a constant fight for faith, which at times is full of doubt. Through the use a delayed thesis, O’Connor is able to enhance both her appeal to logos and ethos by presenting not only her perspective but also various ways for him to seek other opinions as well as a strong use of her skills as a famous author to form an effective argument.
O’Connor heavily relies from the beginning with logos by providing the logical way to move forward with his confusion. By telling Corn to be a skeptic, O’Connor emphasizes that he should be caution for the credibility of sources of new knowledge he encounters in the future. How should he…

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