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Eighteenth Century Religious Change at Uncle Tom's Cabin and Moby Dick The central religious topics of Uncle Tom's Cabin and Moby Dick reflect the tumultuous and changing spiritual climate of the time. Within their use of topics from both conventional Calvinism and modern reform, the syncretic attempts of both of these texts offers a response to the uncertainty and change of the period. However, their applications of these themes are different; while Stowe employed an exact focus on a Christian polemic against captivity, Melville intentionally de-centralized his text in a way that asks the reader to check past the medium of expression into the truth which lays behind it, however cannot be included in it. Within this paper, I will investigate the change in spiritual climate as it led from orthodox Calvinism up to the mid eighteenth century and the response to it in Uncle Tom's Cabin and Moby Dick. By researching the dynamism of the spiritual climate in this period, it's evident that both Stowe's and Melville's masterworks were clearly involved in this change. As a necessity of the subject matter, it is necessary to remember before turning to the background or the works which reflect it, that the dialogue here will be of general movements of reform and change. The inherent dynamism of religious institutions and ideas requires that the boundaries by which defines them stay fluid. Although this essay will refer to periods such as The Second Great Awakening or traditions such as Calvinism or Unitarianism, it is important to remember that every one these terms have to be used advisedly. While no doubt there are particular polemics involved in how these changes happened, the sharp delineation and definition which some writers attempt is not a helpful m.. .