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Biography of J. Gresham Machen - Biography of J. Gresham Machen John Gresham Machen was born in Baltimore, Maryland on July 28th 1881 to parents Arthur Webster and Mary Hones Gresham. From an early age Machen was taught lessons of the bible and of Jesus. His family attended a Presbyterian church called Franklyn Street Presbyterian. (Wikipedia) Machen's father was a lawyer and therefore Machen was considered to be brought up in a rather privileged home. He attendee a private college where he was educated in classics such a Greek and Latin....   [tags: Biography Theology Religion Machen] 1823 words
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The Concept of Happiness In Light of Al Farabi & Al Ghazzali’s Work -             It is said that happiness is a feeling that lies in the clarity of the soul, tranquility of the heart, and peace of the mind. However it is also said that happiness is the actual sense of fulfillment that arises from hard work and self-actualization. It is an intangible state of mind that all humans aim to conquer. Sometimes people tend to associate happiness with something familiar, with what they lack or fail to maintain, for if they fall ill, it would be health and if they were short of money, it would be wealth....   [tags: fulfillment, state of mind, Islamic theology, God]
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Judaism and Christianity - In a tree of monotheistic religions, Judaism and Christianity, despite sharing common roots and spiritual tradition associated with Abraham, for many centuries diverged and developed in their own distinct ways. The partition, based on different theological doctrines, evolves around the idea of the nature of human relationships with God, which in case of Judaism are based on the Law of Torah, and in Christianity stem from the belief in Jesus Christ and its cornerstone – the doctrine of Trinity....   [tags: religion, monotheism, theology, identity, doctrine]
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Postmodernism and Social Praxis - Postmodernism and Social Praxis Whereas the interpreter is obliged to go to the depth of things, like an excavator, the moment of interpretation [genealogy] is like an overview, from higher and higher up, which allows the depth to be laid out in front of him in a more and more profound visibility; depth is resituated as an absolutely superficial secret.(18) So those are the changes, and I try to show those changes...(19) In Communities of Resistance and Solidarity, as well as in A Feminist Ethic of Risk, Sharon D....   [tags: Ethics Feminism Theology Essays]
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The Modern Era's Central Tensions in the Roman Catholic Church - The Modern Era's Central Tensions in the Roman Catholic Church In his narrative of the time from the French Revolution to the present in Church History: Twenty Centuries of Catholic Christianity of the Roman Catholic Church, John C. Dwyer makes it apparent that he has several goals in mind for where the church ought to end up, and his account gives us a sense that it is all leading up to these goals. They are largely accomplished by the time he gets to the Second Vatican Council, though in some ways they are left undone even at the end....   [tags: Religion Theology Essays] 1367 words
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Teleological Argument for the Existence of God - This paper will examine the argument put forward by William Paley in 1802, in his Natural Theology. Paley offers an argument from design that purports to show a clear and distinct reason why one should hold a belief in God, due to the inherent features of the world. It is attempted in this paper to firstly: show that the argument should be rejected on the grounds of lacking a rationally flowing set of premises and conclusions; and secondly: that the criticisms made by David Hume concerning the argument hold more weight than is generally granted by other philosophers, and should have convinced one even before the advent of Darwinian theory....   [tags: Natural Theology, William Paley] 2089 words
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Islam and Anti-Semitism: A Conflicting Set of Stories - REL-222-01 11 Nov 2013 Islam and Anti-Semitism: A Conflicting Set of Histories History provides us with few disputes as entangled as Jewish-Muslim relations. Though it was not always such a pervasive problem, it has compiled into one of the most divisive, exclusive, and problematic debates of the current era. Countless scholars have attempted to interpret the Muslim outlook towards the Jewish people. Islamic anti-Semitism is one of the greatest oversimplified nuances of the modern Middle East and of Islamic theology....   [tags: Muslims, Jews, Middle East, theology, hostility]
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Satan, the Core of Milton´s Paradise Lost - The great debate whether Satan is the hero of Milton’s Epic Poem, Paradise Lost, has been speculated for hundreds of years. Milton, a writer devoted to theology and the appraisal of God, may not have intended for his portrayal of Satan to be marked as heroic. Yet, this argument is valid and shares just how remarkable the study of literature can be. Milton wrote his tale of the fall of man in the 1674. His masterpiece is an example of how ideas of a society change with time. This is because it wasn’t until the 1800’s during the Romantic era, that people no longer saw the hero of literary works as perfect in every way....   [tags: theology, hero, poetry, Heaven vs Hell] 1302 words
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Understanding Mary and Who Jesus is in Mary Mother of Jesus - The following essay will answer the question of Mary's understanding of her role and her understanding of who Jesus was and who he was going to be. Mary, at times in this movie was extremely confused about things that were happening to her. For example, the first time that God talked to her she was confused; she didn't know what was going on. Mary had no clue whether to ignore the voice or believe it. Another example was when Mary was at the Inn giving birth to Jesus. God spoke to Mary and told her to name her son Jesus....   [tags: Theology] 276 words
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Christians Should Not Try to Make Others Accept their Decisions - I agree that Christians believe that life is up to them as God gave us a conscience and free will. The church teaches that; ‘… all people can be forgiven and given a free start.’ This is a perfect example what Christians, even if they make wrong decisions can be forgiven such as their beliefs about life. Also; ‘… God has mapped out our lives even before conception.’ God therefore if he has mapped out our lives he will know what we believe about life. Many Christians believe that life is a gift and it has dignity....   [tags: Theology] 271 words
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Peter Lombard - Although he is one of the most important Theologians of his time, little information is known of him. He was probably born in Northern Italy at Lumellogno in Navarre at around 1100 He attended Bologna possibly Vercelli, France to study first in Reins and then in Paris. He was then elected bishop of Paris in 1159; he soon died a year later. Peter was an Italian theologian and bishop of Paris, his Four Books of Sentences became the main theological handbook of the Middle Ages. He was a student at Paris, where he was the student of the French philosopher Peter Abelard....   [tags: middle ages, the sentences, theology]
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Personal Perspective on the Science Versus Religion Debate - Personal Perspective on the Science Versus Religion Debate In Alfred North Whitehead’s “Religion and Science”, he nullifies the argument between the religious factions and scientists of the world by eliminating all grounds for the argument. Although debated to the “ends of the Earth”, Whitehead points out that these two subjects are actually based upon events that are unrelated. He states “Science is concerned with the general conditions which are observed to regulate phenomenon; whereas religion is wholly wrapped up in the contemplation of moral and aesthetic values”(Whitehead, Religion and Science)....   [tags: Theology] 586 words
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The Christian Covenant in the Modern World - There is a famous children's game called telephone, the object of the game is that one person starts a message and it is whispered to the next person and so on. By the end of the entire sequence, the message is generally mixed up and often makes almost no sense at all. However, this children's game appears to have the same idea and outcome as globalization. As ideas, customs and cultures are moved from one nation to the next; they are often construed and appear to be different. Chris Waterman, Dean of the School of Arts and Architecture at UCLA, has done case studies on this idea....   [tags: Theology]
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Proverb Analysis: Rejoice in your youth... - This proverb can be translated in a number of ways. Literally speaking, (If I had no knowledge of the teachings of Ecclesiastes,) I will translate this using the deconstructionist method of analyzing. "Rejoice in your youth, you who are young; let your heart give you joy in your young days." Literally, this would mean that young people should enjoy life and do every pleasant thing they can do while they are still young. "Follow the promptings of your heart and the desires of your eyes." This means that whatever you feel, no matter right or wrong, to act upon it....   [tags: Theology] 276 words
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Proverb Analysis: Rejoice in your youth... - Proverb This proverb can be translated in a number of ways. Literally speaking, (If I had no knowledge of the teachings of Ecclesiastes,) I will translate this using the deconstructionist method of analyzing. "Rejoice in your youth, you who are young; let your heart give you joy in your young days." Literally, this would mean that young people should enjoy life and do every pleasant thing they can do while they are still young. "Follow the promptings of your heart and the desires of your eyes." This means that whatever you feel, no matter right or wrong, to act upon it....   [tags: Theology] 276 words
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Can a Believer be Demon Possessed? - The best place to find the answer to that question was in the Bible. The answer is no. Everyday believers desire to sin. When that happens, who is to blame. Usually ?Satan made me do it. is the typical excuse. Wrong. Our desire to sin comes from our lusts (James 1:13,14), the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21) and evil hearts (Mark 7:21,22). Satan knows these weaknesses and uses them to his advantage. If Satan cannot cause us to sin, he certainly cannot indwell in us. When we are told to put on the whole armour of God, it is meant to protect us from the outside evils not from evil that is ?possessing....   [tags: Theology] 271 words
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Melencolia I - “But what absolute beauty is I know not. Nobody knows it but God,” said Albrecht Durer, before creating his engraving (29 Finkelstein). Melencolia I, created in 1514, conveys this statement visually in the engraving about not being able to obtain divine knowledge. Part of a supposed series of large prints, Melencolia I belongs to the three virtues of medieval scholasticism, which are morality, theology, and intellectuality. Though linked to insanity, Renaissance studies indicate that melancholy, a depressive state, was linked to creative genius, praising it more as a gift than a curse....   [tags: Morality, Theology, Intellectuality] 1075 words
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Something to Believe In - K. O’Conor THL 5400 Fall 2013 Something to Believe In Using the concepts discussed in Bloom, Bering and McCauley and the historical developments, discussed in Toby Huff’s “The Rise of Early Modern Science”, specifically in the Islamic World, in China, and the Western World, we are able to establish a relationship and build a connection between the two competing systems of science and religion. In Paul Bloom’s work “Religion in Natural” he dives deep into discussion, using a comparative perspective, of the naturalness of religion and the unnaturalness of science....   [tags: science, religion, Islam, theology, Toby Huff]
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The Image of Jesus - The healings, the miracles and all the claims without susceptible evidence are a matter of what you wish to believe. The Jesus of the Catholic faith was a man that was special and worshipped at his birth by wise men. He was the Son of God, the lord Christ, his name Jesus the word of life. His job on earth was to announce god's love to all people. He was Jesus of the suffering savior. In Mark's gospel he is a true messiah, but a messiah who will come in glory only after he has suffered and sacrificed his life for his people....   [tags: Theology] 278 words
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Secular Humanism - The fall 1986 Tennessee court decision on alleged "secular humanism" in Holt, Rinehart, Winston textbooks illustrates the continuing controversy over that term. The term "secular humanism" is used today to castigate a wide spectrum of our populous. The derision with which the term is used suggests images of horrid, grotesque monsters. In reality, however, the term merely consists of two sorely misunderstood words. In combination they suggest a virus, though singly they are innocuous, if not healthy....   [tags: Theology] 1505 words
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Pascal’s Wager - In this paper I will be discussing Pascal’s Wager. What I first plan to do in this paper is explain the argument of Pascal’s Wager. Next I will explain how Pascal tries to convince non-theists why they should believe in God. I will then explain two criticisms in response to Pascal’s argument. Finally, I will discuss whether or not these criticisms show Pascal’s reasoning to be untenable. Pascal’s Wager is an argument that tries to convince non-theists why they should believe in the existence of the Christian god....   [tags: Theology ] 986 words
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Creation Doctrine - Utrum Whether it is the case that in the construction of creation there has been a clear order of existence (hierarchy), whereby this order may be fatalistic. (Morse 201-202) Videtur It seems that our creation operates under a distinct hierarchy that is positioned in a fatalistic, determined outcome. From the bible’s beginning there are clear positions to this framework. In regards to the hierarchy of our creation, the first instance of this set up is in reference to gender. In the Genesis account of creation, Adam is created as the first human being and man....   [tags: Theology ]
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Christian Overview - Introduction Whether or not we recognize it, each person has a worldview. In essence, each person has implicit assumptions as well as prejudices about the world, which in most occasions influence the manner in which we regard situations around us. Generally, a worldview is a kind of lenses that corrupts our view of the world around us. Singularly, our worldview is shaped by our level of education and cultural background, as well as upbringing among many other environmental factors. For most people, their worldview is nothing more than what they have observed in the environment....   [tags: Theology ]
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World Flight - Throughout life, culture implicitly and explicitly communicates ideas to people. Explicit statements are found in songs and art that clearly exhibit a perspective about life. Implicit messages from culture are discovered when compared to the key tenets of worldviews. An example of this implicit communication is found in the song “Clocks” by the band Coldplay. Based on analysis of the lyrics, the song “Clocks” expresses the World Flight worldview. To begin with, the lyrics of “Clocks” illustrate the World Flight perspective of God....   [tags: Theology]
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Pascal's Wager - Modern debates over religion, more specifically God, focus primarily on whether or not sufficient evidence exists to either prove or disprove the existence of a God. Disbelievers such as biologist Richard Hawkins tend to point to the indisputable facts of evolution and the abundance of scientific evidence which seem to contradict many aspects of religion. Conversely, believers such as Dr. A. E. Wilder-Smith describe the controversial aspects of science, and how the only possible solution to everything is a supreme being....   [tags: Theology ]
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Social Justice - What is social justice and how does it relate to liberation theology. How do sin, love, grace, and human freedom affect social justice. What restricts freedom and social justice. And how does all of this play a role in the Kingdom of God. Social justice is a concept of a society in which every human being is treated justly, without discrimination based on financial status, race, gender, ethnicity, etc. Grace is a gift from God that we don’t deserve, which helps us choose the good, therefore it promotes social justice....   [tags: Liberation Theology]
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Experiences with Faith - What is faith. Faith is something different to everyone. If you asked a hundred different people, you would get many different answers. Faith holds an extremely complex meaning when discussing it in the context of religion. Faith is a belief. It holds true to every religious and non-religious person. Every faith involves a decision. It is not about what we claim to believe, but what we actually do believe, that is true faith. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding, In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverb 3:5-6 That has to be my favorite proverb from the bible, whenever I feel like screaming “Why Me”, I simp...   [tags: Catholic Christian Theology] 614 words
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Is Life Sacred? - Is Life Sacred. The phrase "Life is Sacred" serves an important part in arguments concerning the moral and legal permissibility of euthanasia (and abortion as well). Since this claim is so pivotal, we should take some care to see what it means. One way to uncover what the claim, "life is sacred" means is to ask: what is the source of life's being sacred. What lives are sacred.       Some might think all living things are sacred; that the mere fact that something is alive makes it sacred.. If you think this, you are a vitalist....   [tags: Theology] 1212 words
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Black Theology & Black Power According to James H. Cone - I believe the best place to start this essay would be with an explanation of Black Power. Black Power according to James H. Cone “is an emotionally charged term that can evoke either angry rejection or passionate acceptance.” Critics see it as blacks hating whites, while advocates see Black Power as the only viable option for black people. Advocates see Black Power meaning black people are taking a dominate role in deciding what the black-white relationship should be in American Society. Rev....   [tags: Black Power Movement Essays]
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Examining the Strengths and Weaknesses of the Argument for the Existence of God Based on Religious Experience - A religious experience is an event which brings about an encounter between God and the experient. It is a communication between God and the individual which brings about an overwhelming awareness of God. As a result, the experient may undergo a conversion, may believe they have received a revelation or feel called to fulfil a divine commission or spiritual responsibility. But a question that would arise is whether there are strong grounds that suggest that such experiences prove the existence of God....   [tags: theology, religion] 684 words
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Saint Dominic Guzman of the Dominican Order, Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Thomas Aquinas - The importance of new religious orders that spread new ideas and customs of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries are as significant today as it was in the early history of Christianity. For Christians to look beyond the realm of what is great and informative of the early teachings there were three philosophers and theologians of that time. To discuss those three men of God, their ideas and knowledge were a great insight to a new and fresh tradition among their followers and congregations. These new orders instituted by Saint Francis and Saint Dominic and their emulators maintained and propagated the faith among the souls of men and the social intuitions throughout the empire....   [tags: Catholic Theology] 1905 words
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Exploring the Concept of Dispensation and the Nine Dispensations Referred to in the Bible - The concept of the dispensations has frequently caught my attention and sparked my interest. A dispensation can be defined as; the divine ordering of the affairs of this world, or a period in which God dealt or will deal with his creation. The Bible speaks about nine periods, or dispensations, in which God ordered the affairs of this world. Teachers and Preachers refer to these dispensations as the Plan of the Ages. You may have heard of the Plan of the Ages from commentaries on the Bible or teaching at the local church....   [tags: religion, theology] 992 words
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Religious Texts- Examining the Content of the Holy Bible and the Holy Quran - Sunlight beams through arched windows encased in stained glass; reflecting rays of red, blue, green, and yellow throughout the entryway. Below our feet, a wood floor echoes as we walk, and silences with a step onto the red carpet. Dark mahogany pews stand at attention to our left and right. Directly above on the back wall, a stained glass image of a woman standing over an infant in a cradle, sunlight illuminating her delicate features, she gazes down at the child. Her thin angelic lips slightly open, her hands clasped together in a prayer-like stance....   [tags: religion, theology] 1605 words
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Exploring the Destiny of the Unevangelized and the Nature of Hell - Question: What is the destiny of the unevangelized. Answer: This is a hard question. How can one come to grips with what the Bible seems to teach and with the desire in our hearts. Does not the Bible teach that Jesus is a loving God that wants all to go to heaven. How can a loving God send anyone to hell. If Christ indeed sends some to hell how can we say He is loving. These are all great question and ones that are hard to answer but there is an answer. God does everything He does, for a reason (Romans 8:28), and God does want all to come to Him (John 1:12; Romans 3:10)....   [tags: theology, bible]
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Use and Meaning of the Word "Love" in Galatians 5:22 - The particular word translated love in Galatians 5:22 appears over 100 times in the New Testament. This frequency of use suggests very strongly that it refers to a very important concept. In all its occurrences in the New Testament, this type of love appears most often as a command. However, it is also an obligatory character quality. If we have trusted the LORD Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, this quality we must manifest. The obligatory nature of this character trait for all Christians is seen in the following illustration....   [tags: bible, theology] 2276 words
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The Bible: Extracting Truth from Lies, Embellishment, and Persuasion Stories - It is known to most that the gospels often differ from historical facts due to the writer of each gospel putting significant emphasis on particular actions and attributes of Jesus. Also a major part in this difference is the fact that the gospels were written 35-60 years after the death of Jesus and some of these memories have altered over time. Differences in conflicting evidence, writing to different communities, writing during a different time period, and with different intentions are all more reasons as to why these gospels conflict with historical facts....   [tags: theology essays] 942 words
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Ways in Which Judaism, Islam and Christianity are Connected - How are Judaism, Islam, and Christianity connected. There are only two ways in which you can connect these three religions. The first is the fact that all three are monotheistic faiths that believe in one God. The other is through our lineage, traced way back to the “father of many nations”, Abraham. Abraham is looked at by these religions as the father of them and is very crucial to many spectrums of each religion. Although they all have a connection with Abraham as their father, they all disagree on the occurrences of his life and what he did for each religion....   [tags: religion, Theology] 1072 words
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John's Understanding of 'Belief' in the Gospel of John - Throughout the Gospel of John the term “belief” is used in multiple ways for different reasons. Belief is employed as a means to give the reader motivation to believe in Jesus and God which will bring them to eternal glory and happiness. This belief can be rewarded with eternal life, as well as a personal connection to Jesus Christ. God can also be seen and believed in if one only believes in Jesus and allows for a wholesome connection to the Father and Son. In addition to beginning to understand the use of “belief” in the Gospel of John, one must correctly infer from his words and deduce their meaning....   [tags: religion, theology] 637 words
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Christianity: Changes in the Nicene Creed to Combat Heresies - Christianity is a very unique religion. It, unlike many of the world's major religions, places a great emphasis on having the correct beliefs and interpretations of religious doctrines. Being a much more societal religion than many others, Christianity in its early years found that it was important to have every follower have the same understanding of the cardinal beliefs that it preaches. The story of the bible is a very complex one, as compared to other religions. The statement of beliefs of the other Abrahamic religions are all relatively short....   [tags: Christian Theology] 2159 words
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The Big Question: What Happens When We Die? - The big question. No not that, the other one. The "what happens to us after life" question. It is something that has intrigued people everywhere. It has prompted the beliefs and semantics of different cultures all around the world. It started wars, divided people, and now dictates how we are all to act. "We should do this, we should do that. If we don't, we will be punished." I, for one, am tired of it. By all means, think what you will. But this is my writing, and you will have to open your mind to my thinking if you wish to continue....   [tags: Genocide, Theology] 645 words
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Anselm's Ontological Argument for the Existence of God - Anselm’s ontological argument was presented in chapter two of Anselm’s Proslogion. The actual argument is as follow: (1) If God exists only in understanding, then we can think of a being greater than God. (2) We can’t think of a being greater than God. (3) Therefore not the case that God only exists in the understanding. (4) Either God exists in reality or God exists in the understanding. (5) Therefore God exist in reality (conclusion). To put this argument in conclusion argument form it would look like this: 1. If P then Q 2. Not Q 3. Not P 4. R or P 5. Therefore R This argument is in modus tollen form, so since it is modus tollen it is valid....   [tags: religion, theology] 986 words
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The Importance and Dignity of the Eucharist Celebration - Whether Protestant or Catholic, one who actively practices a belief in Jesus as God’s son universally recognizes the Eucharist. Despite the fact that it is one of the seven Catholic sacraments, other religions assign similar worth to the practice and perceive it as holy. The Eucharist, an act of eating bread and drinking wine in remembrance of the passion of Christ, goes by many names, depending on the religion that is commemorating it. It may be referred to as Holy Communion, the Lord’s Supper, or the Blessed Sacrament and is an essential component of Christian faith....   [tags: Theology Essays] 2306 words
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Descartes Argument for the Existence of God - Descartes employs what is known as an ontological argument to prove the existence of God. Saint Anselm who lived during the 11th century first formulated this type of argument. Since then it has proved popular with many philosophers including Rene` Descartes. Even though ontological arguments have lost popularity with modern philosophers there has been some recent attempts to revive them. Descartes formulation is regarded as being one of the best because it is straight forward and relatively easy to follow....   [tags: philosophy, theology] 1171 words
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The Purpose of the Biblical Flood narrative - The Old Testament can be described as “an anthology of the literature of ancient Israel and early Judaism” (Coogen 2008) that contains many forms of writings and stories which address not only myth, main historical events and laws, but also those that follow the Israelites unique relationship with God. The first book of the Old Testament is known as Genesis, which is highly concerned with the world’s creation and its initial stages. It is also the origin of the biblical Flood Narrative concerning Noah and the Ark....   [tags: Theology, Religion]
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Why Is Context Important In Hermeneutics? - With the advent of the printing press and the protestant reformation in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the Word of God became available to the common believer. Now, in the twenty first century, people all over the world, can read for themselves the scriptures in their own languages. Consider the Bible studies going on in any given country on any given evening, where people are encouraged to interact with the sacred scriptures. As encouraging as this may be, it may present a problem. Could discussions of what a scripture ‘means to me’ cloud out what the scripture originally meant....   [tags: Theology Essays]
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Analysis of the Book of Deuteronomy - HISTORICAL-CULTURAL CONTEXT Many scriptures found in Deuteronomy along with several scriptures in the Old and New Testament point to Moses as being the author of Deuteronomy. One main verse that points to Moses as being the author of Deuteronomy is 31:9 which states, “9 Then Moses wrote this law and gave it to the priests, the sons of Levi, who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and to all the elders of Israel. The book of Deuteronomy never clearly states who the author is, but by all viewing all other scripture and the scripture found in the book of Deuteronomy Moses seems to be the only person that could have possibly written the book of Deuteronomy....   [tags: Bible, Theology]
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New Testament Principles of Worship - The life Jesus lived was a perfect pattern to be followed. He worshipped God in word and deed. And in every way lived a life that pleased God the Father. He was one with God, obedient to God, loved others perfectly, and became a literal sacrifice on the cross. No one on the face of the earth was more intimate with the Creator God than His Son Jesus. He was one with God. John 17:10 quotes Jesus as praying, “You are in me and I am in You.” Not only was Jesus God, but also He yearned to continually communicate with God....   [tags: theology, bible]
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Muhammad: A Prophet and Statesman - Muhammad’s main role was that of a prophet. Discuss On the surface Muhammad is usually considered to be a prophet and messenger of God, but when looking closer we can see that He played many more roles in His life time including one of a Statesman. After ‘The Year of Sorrow’ in which both Muhammad’s uncle- Abu Talib and wife- Kadijah died Muhammad is warned by the angel Gabriel that the situation is getting too dangerous for him in Mecca. “Muhammad knew the faith must find expression in a community which would insure its external force and the opportunity to prevail against opposition” (Cragg)....   [tags: relgion, theology] 1905 words
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The Positive Influence of Religion - A number of modern scholars have tried to depict the real meaning of religion, but each time they fail because of the complexity nature of the subject. Some of the definitions fail to include other religious group's beliefs hence leading to partiality or some key concepts are left out in the process. Religion is meant to motivate the aspects of human behavior beyond those which would be strictly considered to be of religious concern. The institutional structure which is responsible for the promotional of the beliefs has taken up rapid growths....   [tags: Theology, Philosophy]
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The Problem of Evil - “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world” (Lewis, 1994, p. 91). Throughout history man has had to struggle with the problem of evil. It is one of the greatest problems of the world. Unquestionably, there is no greater challenge to man’s faith then the existence of evil and a suffering world. The problem can be stated simply: If God is an all-knowing and all-loving God, how can He allow evil. If God is so good, how can He allow such bad things to happen?Why does He allow bad things to happen to good people....   [tags: Christian Theology]
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The Meaning of Jesus - The book, The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions, by Marcus Borg and N.T. Wright is a conversation of sorts between, “The Leading Liberal and Conservative Jesus Scholars” as they “Present the Heart of the Historical Jesus Debate.” In the introduction, the scholars note that the inspiration and writing of the book grew out of friendship. The book is evidence of the public and private conversations between these scholars and friends, sharing in Christian faith and practice as they work through these complex issues in hopes of understanding each other better....   [tags: Christian Theology] 1479 words
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Creation Theories VS. Evolution - One inquiry that draws curiosity is the question of how all matter and life came about on Earth in this enormous universe of stars, planets, and space. Many people believe that life is a product of random probability, while many others place their faith in a define creator. This world, Earth, is a minor fraction of an enormous universe that was created by an intelligent being, which designed all matter and living creatures, and is too unpredictable to leave the creation of the universe to the random probability of evolution....   [tags: Christian Theology]
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Jews and the Passion - For Christianity, the 12th century represented a century of both internal and external changes. While the crusades sought to impose a “universalized Christian faith” on those outside of the religion, the internal mechanisms of the Church began to promote reformations that encouraged a unification of the “doctrine, liturgy, piety and politics within Western Christendom”. During this century, Christians began to experience a cohesive and sacred community. Anselm of Canterbury and Peter Abelard made theological advancements that allowed for the unification of the Church – and for a drastic change in Jewish-Christian relations....   [tags: Christian Theology]
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Egyptian Myths and Legends - Egyptian Myths and Legends Egyptian creation stories tell of several variations of how the world was composed. According to one variation, the ocean was the only thing in existence. Then the sun, Ra, came out of an egg (or a flower in some versions) that appeared on the surface of the water. Ra created four children. They were the gods Shu and Geb and the goddesses Tefnut and Nut. Shu and Tefnut became the air, who stood on Geb, the earth, and held up Nut, who became the sky. Ra ruled over all....   [tags: Ancient Egypt Egyptian Literature Theology Essays]
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Confession - There are several assumptions with which I will begin prior to discussing my confession. The first assumption is that Jesus, who was crucified, is Lord and that God has raised him from the dead. A second assumption is that apart from the first assumption, any and all other aspects of my confession could be flawed or wrong. My beliefs about the nature of Scripture, God, Creation, Humanity and Sin, Jesus Christ, Salvation, Holy Spirit, and the Church, though related to the centrality of the gospel, the gospel in itself is not contingent upon many these things....   [tags: Theology, Jesus, God] 2817 words
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Trinity - When you think of God do you think of one divine entity or do you take into account the age old idea of the Trinity. For all of time we have understood the three individual person’s in God, the Trinity, to be one in the same. The teaching of the Christian church tells us that God is three unique and separate people’s, but they are at the same time all one person in God. Now people have many different ways to picture or represent the idea of three people as one. The trial of history has come up with many different ideas and images to try and represent the Trinity....   [tags: Theology] 1168 words
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Celibacy - “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22: 37) Celibacy is a way of loving, living, and serving. The practice of celibacy is an old age religious practice to which men, desiring to serve a higher power by joining religious orders, commit their lives. Although very controversial in the religious world today, celibacy ranks high in the life of many priests. Many people relate chastity to celibacy; however it is not the same concept....   [tags: Theology ]
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Different Perceptions of Duty in the United States and Hindu societies in the as Evidenced in the Bhagavad Gita - It is my opinion that in the United States, we often use the phrase “duty bound” to describe when we have no choice in the matter at hand. There are two different ideas of duty in the US and in Hinduism. The concept of duty in the US society is similar to chores, and looked at as necessary tools to reach an objective. One’s duties change throughout one’s life in US society as they assume different roles like being a child, a student, an adult, and a parent. However, “One’s duty in life is one’s dharma....   [tags: religion, hinduism, theology] 535 words
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How Do I Relate My Faith In Good God With All The Suffering In The World? - Sometimes I wonder why tragic things happen and if it’s a part of God’s plan. My faith teaches me that God wants us to be in good health, even as our soul prospers in 3 John 2, (KJV, 1994). When I see events like 911, Hurricane Katrina, the Tsunami and the Haiti Earthquake I sometimes wonder why these things have to happen. I know that I can not blame God because some things are man made. Everyone suffers at some point in our lives, whether it’s a divorce, cancer, an accident, a disability or a homicide we all have pain....   [tags: Theology, Religious Doctrine]
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The Religious Believer's Explanation for the Existence of Evil and Suffering in the World - The problem of evil and suffering presents a real problem to the religious believer because it compels them to accept conflicting claims that are logically impossible to reconcile. Religious followers often question the nature of God and whether or not he is the type of God we are led to believe. St Augustine said that if God cannot stop evil and suffering he is not all powerful if he will not stop evil and suffering then he is not all good. However Augustine did not actually believe this to be true he set it out as something which he was going to solve....   [tags: religion, faith, theology] 632 words
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The Problem of Evil in the Judeo-Christian Tradition Depicted in Hicks' Philosophy of Religion - The problem of evil is a difficult objection to contend with for theists. Indeed, major crises of faith can occur after observing or experiencing the wide variety and depths of suffering in the world. It also stands that these “evils” of suffering call into question the existence of an omnibenevolent and omnipotent God of the Judeo-Christian tradition. The “greater good defense” tries to account for some of the issues presented, but still has flaws of its own. In the excerpt from Philosophy of Religion, John Hicks outlines the problem of evil as such: (a) If God were truly omnibenevolent, he would then wish to eliminate all evil; (b) If God is were truly omnipotent, he would then be capable...   [tags: religion, theology, Philosophy of Religion] 979 words
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Practicing Patience as I Wait to Receive my Certificate of Ministry - They say that if you work hard you can get where you want to be in life. I learned recently that you can’t always get what you want, even if you work hard to get it. For the last several years I’ve been studying with the Bible College, to get my Certificate of Ministry. Doing this in the hopes of making a lifelong dream come true, to go into full time ministry. With more than two years of study under my belt, and year of mentoring, I was ready to apply with the State District Council to get my Certificate of Ministry....   [tags: Ministry, Theology, personal narrative] 1218 words
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Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards - ... During this era, people began to demand their individuality and freedom and desired freedom of religion and freedom of press. Edwards encouraged revival and colonization through religious persecution, fire & brimstone and sensationalism with the objective to convince his audience and readers to adopt his perspective and to them to take a specific course of action. Edwards’ preached the need for individual repentance and change, which persuaded people towards personal responsibility (Wikipedia, 2014)....   [tags: work of theology, book analysis] 1767 words
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The Moral Code of Conduct for Islam and Christianity - Introduction Adoption of specific moral code of conducts can be termed as an act of adhering to certain regulations or guidelines as stipulated by a given body or institution in order to be at par with societal or governmental expectations. Apart from governmental rules and regulations, religious beliefs and practices are among the key determinants of moral conduct and ethics which are exhibited by any given society. Therefore, the level of moral and ethical influence in a given society directly correlates to the religious doctrines which dominate in that society....   [tags: theology, comparative religion] 1182 words
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A Biblical Study on the Spiritual Gift of Tongues - Many churches today argue on the continuity or temporariness of the spiritual gifts. In this paper, the writer will focus on the spiritual gift of tongue should it fall under the permanent gift or not. For clarity, the author is defining some important Greek terms as follows: charismata, pneumatika, merismos, and energemata. Due to the complexity of the Greek language, the writer will try her best to provide the best definition(s) of each of these terms through various sources. For instance, charismata is one of the most often terms associated with the topic spiritual gifts....   [tags: Theology, Religious Studies]
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Religion in the Fictional Town of Cold Sassy - Throughout centuries, humans have expressed different perspectives toward a single idea. The subject of religion invites challenging discussions from skeptical minds because religion is diversely interpreted based on personal faith. The authoress sets her novel in a fictional town, Cold Sassy, where religion plays a predominant role in people’s lives. Through Will Tweedy’s narration she explores the religious opinions of the town’s most prominent citizen Rucker Blakeslee, Will’s grandpa. Although Blakeslee spent his whole life in a religiously conservative town, he has a radical approach toward religious concepts such as predestination, suicide, funerals, faith, and God’s will, thus forcing...   [tags: Religion, sociology, theology] 937 words
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Determining the True Divine Name from the Bible - This issue concerning the divine name has existed for hundreds of years, and there have been a number of Bible translations that have restored the divine name in the Hebrew Scriptures. One such version is the American Standard Version of 1901. However, in recent times this issue has gained even more attention because of a particular Bible translation. The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, translated by the Watchtower organization, has not only restored the divine name to the Hebrew portion of the Bible, but has used the name 237 times in the New Testament....   [tags: bible, religion, theology] 2135 words
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Discuss the Similarities Between II Peter and Jude - The intent of this essay is to examine the similarities between the letters of II Peter and Jude. These similarities will be based on the purpose and the main issues addressed in each letter. The majority of the similarities appear in II Peter 2 and Jude 1-18, so these are the areas that will be expounded on and receive the most focus. Any verse or verses in both letters that are extremely similar and almost identical, will be also be brought to attention, and briefly focused upon. By the end of this essay the reader will be able to identify and recognise the similarities between the letters of both II Peter and Jude....   [tags: bible, theology, theological] 1499 words
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Bible Based Message on the Importance of Forgiveness - This is not an exhaustive or comprehensive treatment of the topic. This message highlights some selected important aspects of forgiveness. It is guided by bible-based verses in keeping with the belief that the Bible is the greatest source of wisdom. “To err is human, to forgive divine”, first proclaimed by Alexander Pope in the 17th century, is not an empty adage. It expresses a fundamental weakness in humans, and establishes a supernatural connection that elevates us from an errant being to one created in the image of God....   [tags: biblical, theology, christianity] 2888 words
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Differences between a Catholic and a Protestant Mass - I am a nondenominational Christian and I decided to attend a catholic mass. I attended mass at the Conversion of St Paul Parish on April 6, 2014. The preside was Father Senan Glass and the starting time was 10am. The Conversion of St Paul Parish’s location is 4120 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44103. The church was very big and the stain glass windows were beautiful. At first, I felt uncomfortable because I did not know where to sit or what to do. I really did not have an idea of what to expect....   [tags: theology research paper]
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Book Review: Bruce Ware´s The Man Christ Jesus - In order to comprehend Jesus as the Christ, one must ponder many details ranging from the very nature of Jesus as God and man to His declaration of coming again in the future. Bruce Ware expounds upon eight of these topics within The Man Christ Jesus, gifting the reader with theological concepts wrapped in common language and helpful analogies. Examination of these eight points, chapter by chapter, will guide the reader into a deeper enlightenment regarding the state of Jesus as God and the Christ—leading one to a greater since of awe and mystery for the unique purpose of salvation and worship....   [tags: Theology, Perspective, Deity]
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The Responsibilities One Has as a Christian - What are your “responsibilities” as a Christian. It’s hard to listen to the news today without hearing about “rights”. We have “civil rights”, “equal rights”, “women’s rights”, “human rights”, and even “animal rights”. Everyone is demanding to have his or her rights. Conversely, few of these people stop to think of the other side of that coin and that is what are his or her “responsibilities.” Rights and responsibility go hand in hand. There can be no separation of the two. To separate them would be to create an unhealthy and dysfunctional person or group....   [tags: religion, theology, bible] 1388 words
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Comparing and Contrasting the Different Religions - Though each religion is unique, some religions have several traits in common. For example, many religions are polytheistic, meaning that there are many gods. But, some religions only believe in one god, meaning that the religion is monotheistic. The religions also have many things that differ with each other, like the sacred text, symbol, and traditions. These qualities are what make each religion different and special. Each religion has its own set of ‘rules’ or teachings that the followers practice....   [tags: Theology, compare/contrast, Theological] 470 words
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Approaches to the Study of Religion - The sociological approach looks at religious belief and practice in relation to the society. Sociologists are interested in two themes, the centrality of religion in society and the diversity of forms it inhabits (Hamilton 1995/2001:1). It regards religion as a social fact subject to empirical observation, which produces empirical evidence (Dillon 2003:7). The sociology of religion is a product of the enlightenment, from which it inherited a tendency to dismiss religion as incompatible with rationality (Dillon 2003:6)....   [tags: Theology Religion Sociology]
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Sex Offender Laws and Wrongful Convictions - Sex Offender Laws and Wrongful Convictions The laws for sex offenders should be changed for many reasons. This is a very controversial subject, and tempers flare easily and often for good reason. Due to the plethora of opinions on this subject it is hard to determine what is right and what is wrong. The very same government sending teenagers to school together as a group and teaching them about safe sex is the same government that is bringing charges against them for practicing sex. Not only that but they are labeling them as sex offenders for the rest of their lives....   [tags: Argumentative Essay Theology]
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The History and Identity of Christianity - According to Odia, (2014), Christianity's center of gravity shift from Europe into the global south over the last 100 years has been the most dramatic since the advent of Christianity 2,000 years ago. Quantitatively, Odia also posits that it may also be the largest shift in religious affiliation that has ever occurred, anywhere. Jenkins, (2002), calls it a transforming moment in the history of religion worldwide: the past five centuries has had Christianity inextricably bound up with Europe and European-derived civilizations, particularly North America....   [tags: Theology, Religious History]
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The Question of Why God Exists - ... Because the arguments whole premise is based upon the assumption that infinite regression is impossible, when disregarding this assumption it dramatically reduces the strength of the argument. How do we know that there is no such thing as infinite regression. When we look at something like mathematics, infinite regress is entirely possible—you can add to a number, you can subtract it as well. Infinitely. Therefore, it is definitely possible to infinitely regress. There doesn’t have to be a deity in order to explain our current state of being....   [tags: Christian, theology, cosmological argument ] 585 words
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Argument Regarding The Divine Command Theory - The divine command theory is an ethical theory relating to God and how his commandments should guide the morality of humankind. Objections to this theory include objections to the nature or existence of God or to the nature of his character or commands. For the purposes of this paper, I will present the divine command theory, introduce a serious objection evident in Genesis 22, propose and explain an alternative to the divine command theory that is the divine will theory, explain why this theory avoids the objection, and critique and respond from the perspective of a divine will theorist....   [tags: Theology, Commandments, Bible] 1045 words
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