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Adultery: Necessity or Weakness? - Love is patient, love is kind, and love never fails. This is how Apostle Paul describes love in his letter to the Corinthians and these are the words that millions of marriages choose to recite during their wedding ceremonies. Partners promise in front of God and witnesses to be loyal and faithful all their lives. It is a fact, though, that many spouses break that promise at some point in life. On the one hand, there are those who argue that casual sex is a necessity and therefore, unavoidable....   [tags: theology, religion, bible] 558 words
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Exegesis Paper: Matthew 26:36-46 - Introduction One of the greatest debates that continues to rage on amongst theologians, as well as others, is in regards to the balance between the humanity and the divinity of the person of Jesus Christ (also known as Christology). This debate can be especially challenging in the Scripture passage of Matthew 26:36-46 where the reader finds Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. Many of the ancient and medieval theologians worked to explain away apparent humanistic characteristics seen in this section of the text, while more modern theologians seem to be more open to embracing these characteristics....   [tags: Theology, Jesus, Gethsemane]
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Comparative Study of Religions - The definition of religion changes all throughout the world. A neighbor, a coworker, a traveler, a student studying abroad would provide all sorts of different views and opinions on what religion means to them. It can be difficult at times to relate to other religions and provide factual information that has no bias and fully demonstrates the religion but it is important to find a common ground between factual and bias to create a better perception of what religion has to offer others. When narrowing in on three certain religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, there are similarities in beliefs or doctrines but they may symbolize for completely different things....   [tags: theology, beliefs, faith]
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God and the Absolute Law - God and the Absolute Law This vast universe, which we understand so little of, is governed by a set of rules and principles which were laid down since the dawn of time. The universe was created by God and it is He who laid down these rules. It is also He who created time and then created life out of nothingness. While doing so, He also instructed us how to spend our lives and told us what is right and what is wrong. In other words, He told us what to do and what not to do, and we, each and everyone of us, is bound to concur and abide by these rules....   [tags: Religion Theology] 724 words
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Homosexuality and the Christian Church - Homosexuality and the Christian Church In today’s Christian churches there has come about a very controversial subject, one that has been developing for many years, and is now at the fore front of controversial issues dealing with the church. The issue at hand is homosexuality and the Christian church. This controversy has caused there to be a split between the church into two different beliefs, liberal and evangelical, which one is right and which and which one is wrong. Issues such as should homosexuals be aloud in the church....   [tags: Theology Religion] 2159 words
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Water in the Baptismal Ceremony - Water in the Baptismal Ceremony In the baptismal ceremony water is used during the baptism part of the ceremony. At this point the priest pours blessed water over the forehead of the baby three times whilst saying, "(Name), I baptize you in the name of the father, and of the son and of the Holy Spirit." Water is a powerful symbol. It is also a rich symbol it makes things clean. It is also a symbol of life and death. Without water plants, animals and humans would not be able to survive (life)....   [tags: Theology Essays] 381 words
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Infant Baptism and Adult Baptism - According to the bible everyone (adult or child) who recognizes Jesus and his works and try to follow him should be baptized. But in the bible there is no record of infants being baptized. Though many say this is because they are not able to understand the need of a saviour. Yet God places children as a high priority, when asked who is the greatest in the kingdom of God, Jesus responded, " Unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 18:3)....   [tags: Religion, Theology] 290 words
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Is God a Personal Being? - When speaking of God and all of his bounty, it seems as though one must not overlook the possibility of a personal being. The concept of God has always been synonymous with that of a person or personal being, dating back theistically. Philosophically, it is extremely difficult to decipher whether or not God actually possesses qualities, which would grant him personhood. God is established as a "being" who has complete knowledge of the world's composition and complete understanding of its laws, as well as, an awareness of everything and everyone....   [tags: Religion, Theology] 288 words
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The Terri Schindler-Schiavo Case - The Terri Schindler-Schiavo Case Presentation of the Case Terri Schindler-Schiavo spent 13 years in a coma, attached to feeding tubes and unable to communicate. On February 25, 1990, Terri Schiavo collapsed in her home. While the actual circumstances that led to her collapse are speculative, doctors believe a potassium imbalance caused her heart to stop, temporarily cutting off oxygen to her brain (Associated Press April 30, 2001). Terri fell into a coma and was hospitalized and ultimately placed on a feeding tube to provide hydration and nutrition....   [tags: Theology Ethics]
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Forsaken Promises - A disagreement exists among dispensationalists concerning the Kingdom of God. The argument centers on whether or not the Kingdom is a future or present reality. Dispensationalists disagree as to whether or not the Kingdom will be established by God when He returns or whether the Kingdom is a present reality which is established in part through the Church and will one day be fully realized during the millennial reign. TD argues that the kingdom of God is not a present experience for the Church. TD claim the Kingdom of God will not commence until the day Christ returns....   [tags: Christian Theology]
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New Testament Synopsis - The basic story of the New Testament is that Jesus Christ is God incarnate as our Savior. All the Gospel authors, whether first-hand witnesses or faithful writers, described ways in which Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah to come. The death and resurrection of Jesus are pivotal to the story of the Old and New Testament, as the climax and fulfillment of the salvation hopes expressed from the beginning of recorded history. The Gospels not only describe the birth and death of Jesus of Nazareth, but detail his life and teaching including minutiae which parallel portions of the Old Testament - and one would think this truth would have been recognized by more...   [tags: Scripture Analysis, Theology, Bible]
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Southern Baptist Convention - On May 8, 1845 in Augusta, Georgia, the Southern Baptist Convention separated from the Triennial Convention. However, this separation involved only the home and foreign mission societies. Many churches in the South continued to buy Sunday school materials from the American Baptist Publication Society in Philadelphia. According to H. Leon McBeth, the suggestion of a Southern Baptist printing program was met with much opposition, especially in the early years of the SBC. Many thought a new program was unwarranted since the ABPS had remained neutral concerning slavery issues....   [tags: Religion, Church, Theology] 1690 words
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Clement of Alexandria - The Christian church has endured struggles to remain dominant throughout history. Following the resurrection of Christ, many other religions appeared and quickly gained traction. Within Christianity itself, lied different beliefs all disputing each other. Through this internal fight for dominance, blossomed early church theologians. These theologians conveyed a fresh set of ideals that forever transformed the beliefs in the church. Many of which fought for their specific beliefs and reinforced them with biblical foundations....   [tags: theology, church, christianity, religion]
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Hell: It's Real - HELL Introduction Hell rolls off the tongue easily for many people, people who have no clue what they are saying or whether Hell even really exist use the word daily. The phrases “Go to hell,” “Get the hell out of here,” and “Hell yeah” are used in everyday conversations. In fact, hell is becoming such a common word that it is not even considered a curse word by nearly everyone, even Christians. Hell has lost much of the threat that Christ spoke of throughout the entire New Testament. It seems that the general populace thinks of Hell as the ultimate party- cold beer, loose girls, bum fights, and drugs; a spiritual Las Vegas or Thailand....   [tags: theology, religion, satan, brimstone]
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The Morals and Ethics of Genetic Engineering - Introduction Widely considered a revolutionary scientific breakthrough, genetic engineering has been on a path toward changing the world since its introduction in 1973 by Stanley Cohen and Herbert Boyer (What). However, as genetic engineering slowly permeates the lives of humanity, the morals and ethics behind what are now common practices are entering public attention, and as a culture we are left to question whether the change brought on by such a discovery bring benefits and positive change, or damage and destruction....   [tags: genetics, theology, bioethics, DNA, GMOs]
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The Relationship Between Religion and Israel - Israel, the place call the holy land, the land, which Jesus walked, however, it is widely acknowledged that tensions between secular and religious sectors constitute a salient feature of Israeli society. If one were to try to summarize the relationship of Israel to Jewish religion, he would say that it is related but not equivalent to certain concepts of Israel. Most people think of the holy land when they hear the names Israel but one must ask the question is Israel truly the holy land. This essay will show the relationship between religion and Israel....   [tags: religion, theology, Jews, Research Paper] 3176 words
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Belief in the Gospel of John - In the Gospel of John, to “believe” entails trusting Jesus, as he is the Son of the Father and that there are just consequences and rewards of belief in him. Just discovers how “belief in” Jesus involves a level of trust that incorporates him as part of a “tented” family. This belief can be rewarded with eternal life, as well as a personal connection to Jesus Christ. In John’s Gospel, Jesus is the “Son of God” (John 1:34) and he is the key to eternal life in heaven. John provides the readers of his gospel with a distinct perspective of “belief” in his writings....   [tags: Gospel of John, religion, Christianity, theology, ] 560 words
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A Perfect God - I believe in an all mighty, all knowing creator. It is easiest to comprehend this being as a man or other human like form, but I do not believe this to be the case. God is perfect. God is perfect because he created perfection. This leaves only two options; 1. Everything is perfect because God created it. 2. Every thing is imperfect in comparison to God. Man is far from perfect, and is in fact the most imperfect being in Gods kingdom. Man is the only living creature capable of intentional sin, by this I mean no other creature on the earth is capable of committing acts and understanding that they are wrong, but rather they commit them as an act of instinct rather than reason like the sins of...   [tags: Theology, Religion] 289 words
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St.Augustine's Theodicy and St.Irenaeus' theodicy as a weak response to the power of evil - Augustine’s theodicy is greatly influenced by the creation stories of the Old Testament (Genesis 1-3). While thinking about Augustine’s theodicy it is worth bearing in mind that he interpreted the Genesis story as a literal account of the origins of the world and also as a mythological story that communicated values and meaning. While most Christians today would not suggest that the Genesis story is literally true, they still value the ideas Augustine puts forward in his theodicy. Augustine’s theodicy is basically- God is perfect and creates perfection (garden of Eden), God gave us free will which we in turn misuse which in turn leads to the fall of man and therefore evil comes into the wor...   [tags: Theology Christian Bible] 1843 words
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Response to Recovering the Scandal of the Cross by Green and Baker - Response to Recovering the Scandal of the Cross by Green and Baker “Recovering the Scandal of the Cross,” (Green, Baker) presents an alternative means of thinking for Christians theologically. The author’s task of interpreting culture and communicating within a culture is incredibly difficult. Much of the biblical teaching of God is rooted into communicating to a specific group of people and a certain culture. Yet God has chosen the Bible as the method of communicating himself to the world. Green and Baker begin to lay the groundwork of historical influence of atonement from Anselm and Irenaeus....   [tags: Religion Religious Theology] 1712 words
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The Christian Bible, the Hebrew Scripture, The Muslim Koran - The Christian Bible, the Hebrew Scripture, The Muslim Koran: Words are Not Important, Our Actions Are Matt 13:3 "He told them many things in parables. 13:10 "Why do you talk to them in parables?" That's the crucial question: Did God, should God, have intended direct and final communication with us. If so, Jesus certainly failed his mission. There is little evidence that Jesus' appearance cleared anything up or gave us God directly. Wittgenstein, who wanted our language to be clear, knows well enough that neither the Hebrew nor the Christian God's words could fall within his constructed linguistic net....   [tags: Religion Theology Essays] 2277 words
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An Evolutionary Ethical Theory of Social Risks and Opportunities - An Evolutionary Ethical Theory of Social Risks and Opportunities ABSTRACT: Social standards guide us in what to do and what to refrain from doing. But can social — moral or legal — standards be trusted. This paper presents an evolutionary ethical theory that generates trustworthy ethical norms. Each norm is assigned a demonstrable risk, called an ethical risk, that depends on both human behavior and danger to the survival of society. The assigned risk is minimal if and only if everybody obeys the norm....   [tags: Ethics Theology Religion Research]
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Should Women be Ordained in the Pentecostal Churches? - Should Women be Ordained in the Pentecostal Churches within the African Christian Diaspora. Thesis Statement In this paper, I will describe the ecclesiological problem of women’s ordination from a case study that I observed in Berlin, Germany. I wish to claim that the issue of excluding women from ordination is a result of a sociological contrivance that oppresses women. The churches safeguard the issue under the canopy of theological claims. It is appropriate for the churches, which exclude women from ordained ministry, revisit this problem theologically....   [tags: Theology Religion Research Papers]
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Cosmic Teleology and the Crisis of the Sciences - Cosmic Teleology and the Crisis of the Sciences ABSTRACT: This paper analyzes recent work from within the physical sciences which argue for the emergence of a new paradigm capable of unifying the sciences and demonstrating the ultimate meaningfulness of the universe. I argue that while there is powerful evidence for cosmic teleology, the works in question do not represent a new paradigm and neither unify science nor adequately accommodate the evidence in question, but rather attempt to "put new wine in old skins." As Aristotle demonstrated, only teleological argumentation offers a complete scientific explanation, and authentic teleology is effectively ruled out by the hegemonic scientific...   [tags: Philosophy Theology Metaphysics]
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A Theological Perspective of the Clash of Civilizations - Introduction On more than one occasion, President George W. Bush has described the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, as fostering “a monumental battle of good versus evil.” In this battle, there has been no doubt in his mind (or in ours) regarding who is on the side of good and who is on the side of evil. Though some have winced at the President’s use of such absolute moral terms to portray the tragic events of that fateful day, others have applauded his courageous use of such unfashionable discourse as entirely appropriate, even suggesting that it implies the demise of the cultural scourge of postmodern moral relativism....   [tags: Theology Religion Research Papers] 7150 words
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Coleridge and the Relation in-between Poet and Critic - Introduction Is it possible, fruitful, or confusing to view Coleridge's aesthetic ideas as fragments (parts) toward the composition of a kind of larger theoretical poem (whole). In other words, can one use Coleridge's art criticism to comment upon his practice as a theorist. Are his aesthetic ideas applicable to his practice as a critic of the practice of poetic composition. Is it possible that some leverage could be obtained by torquing Coleridge's theoretical statements about poetry in particular and art in general to comment on his own compositional practice as a critic....   [tags: Theorists Theology Essays]
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Pluralism and the Being of the Between - Pluralism and the Being of the Between As a theologian by training and not a philosopher, I wish to explore the boundary line between the two so-called fields of study, utilizing metaphysical considerations to attempt to tackle what we would normally identify as purely theological issues, but which by their very nature beg boundary crossings. Theologians are notorious boundary crossers, often drawing upon philosophy both to generate the questions and cultivate the answers of their craft. My aim is to utilize metaphysics to explore the possibility of reorienting religious dialogue....   [tags: Philosophy Theology Religion Papers] 4469 words
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The Role of Tacit Knowledge in Religion - The Role of Tacit Knowledge in Religion ABSTRACT: Clarity concerning what kind of knowledge a religious person possesses is of the utmost importance. For one thing, J. Whittaker remarks that believers must have some knowledge that enables them to make the distinction between literal and non-literal descriptions of God. (1) In the believer's perception 'God is a rock', but not really a rock. God however really is love. Whittaker suggests that making this distinction requires knowledge that cannot be metaphysical or experiential, but a more basic form which he terms 'practical' knowledge....   [tags: Theology Religion Philosphy Research]
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Critical, Theological Review of the Film Chocolat - Set in 1950’s France, Chocolat is a film centred on the Catholic virtue of temperance, or rather the struggle to achieve temperance when the church is faced with the temptation of a 2000 year old chocolate recipe. Temperance is defined in the catholic encyclopaedia as “the righteous habit which makes a man govern his natural appetite for pleasures of the senses in accordance with the norm prescribed by reason”, and in Chocolat it is the Comte de Reynaud, the major and self appointed moral authority for the whole community, that attempts to keep check of the villager’s carnal passions and temptations....   [tags: Chocolate Movie Review Theology] 1901 words
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Religion, Creation Stories, and Creation Myths - Religion, Creation Stories, and Creation Myths One of the fundamental questions that religions seek to answer is that of origin. How was man put on earth. Why and from what was he created. Who created him. What does his creation imply about the status of human beings. Some or all of these questions are answered by a religion’s creation stories. Every religion’s creation myths attempt to give solutions to problems present to that religious society. Because of this, each religion may have one or more creation stories, each of those different from one another in the questions they ask and the answers they give....   [tags: Theology Religion Research Papers]
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From Nihilism to Kingdom Come - The Final Stage of Mankind’s Education — From Nihilism to Kingdom Come ABSTRACT: I give reasons to believe that our present situation is not as bleak as some would have it. I show how the historical process can be understood in terms of a Premodernity (Aquinas), Modernity (Hegel), and Postmodernity (Nietzsche) division of human history. I argue that both Hegel and Nietzsche were fully aware that Modernity was over and that a negative Postmodern condition was to necessarily precede a consummatory positive one....   [tags: Philosophy Theology Religion Papers]
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Islam, Judaism, Catholicism, and Protestantism - Islam, Judaism, Catholicism, and Protestantism I. Islam The Muslims’ main sacred text is the Koran, which they believe Gabriel gave to Mohammad from God. Muslims believe that the Koran is the final revelation from God, as the Bible has been “corrupted” upon translation. My passage is Isaiah 53 where it talks about a suffering servant for Israel. While Christians believe this is a prophecy of Jesus, Muslims believe that Jesus was only a prophet. They believe Jesus was never crucified, and Allah made someone look like Jesus instead....   [tags: Religion Faith Theology] 1600 words
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The Controversial Subject of God - The Controversial Subject of God The topic of god is a very controversial subject that has been argued about ever since the beginning of mankind. Because God is so controversial, many battles have been fought to preserve one’s own beliefs. I myself, have my own beliefs on what I think god is and how god was created. Many theologians have different beliefs of who god is and why he exists. But the most common answer you will receive is, “God exists because he has to exist.” They would argue that without God, nothing would exist, no us, no earth, no galaxy, no universe, nothing....   [tags: God Religion Theology Essays] 932 words
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The Leader and His Praying - The Leader and His Praying What a challenging first sentence is found in "The Leader and His Praying". Sanders writes, "In nothing should the leader be ahead of his follower more than in the realm of prayer." If I could choose one area of my Christian life where I feel my personal weakness, it is in the area of prayer. I love to read, to visit, and to preach, but each of them is concrete enough to provide some immediate feedback. I can have a quick sense of accomplishment, whether or not I've accomplished what the Lord desires....   [tags: Theology Religion Religious] 1846 words
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Instant Gratification in Our Society - Recently I graded the final exams for a Christian ethics course. On a question about premarital sexual intercourse, I found that I was generally giving higher grades to students who took the position that for Christians sexual intimacy is to be entered upon only after marriage. Concerned that I might be grading according to my own ethical values, not according to classroom standards of analysis, use of resources, and the like, I reread a number of papers. After examining the essays afresh, I was satisfied that most of the students who argued the traditional position had, indeed, been more analytic and had struggled more intelligently with the issue....   [tags: Religion Theology Marriage Society] 1782 words
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Why I Believe In God - Why I believe in God For my adult Catholic trying to lead the Christ-life, it is useful to recall the reasons for believing. It is helpful to review why we know that God is exists. Is there a God. Is there a God above and beyond us all. Above our life and death, above our joys and sorrows, above our world and space program. For thinking people, this is really the important question. Is there a God. People have been asking this questions for as long as people have been thinking, but now so much more is known about this world and about us....   [tags: Religion God Religious Theology] 1672 words
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Religion's Influence on the Slavery Debates - Slavery was a dominant part of the political and social arenas of 1800’s America. However, it was not homogenous as it divided America into two distinct groups: those who supported it and those who did not. Traditionally, the states in the north had been anti-slavery while the states in the south had been pro-slavery. Southern life and economy depended on slavery and therefore staunchly supported the continued legal status of slavery. The northern states on the other hand recognized the inhumane nature of slavery and campaigned to establish equality for all citizens....   [tags: anti-slavery, pro-slavery, theology, equality]
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Christian Justice and Righteousness - As a reformer, Martin Luther certainly changed the world of the Church. Would you say that his opposition to the existing religious authority of his day could be justified from a scriptural standpoint. How might it not. Which biblical principles affect your own responsibility to promote justice and righteousness when such actions come into conflict with an established order. The actions of Martin Luther in the 1500s have reached almost mythical stature among Christians. Luther's deeds had much more radical consequences than he could have foreseen as he first challenged the existing church....   [tags: Martin Luther, theology, scripture] 673 words
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Brief History of Buddhism - Brief History of Buddhism Buddhism is one of the major religions of the world. It was founded by Siddhartha Guatama (Buddha) in Northeastern India. It arose as a monastic movement during a time of Brahman tradition. Buddhism rejected important views of Hinduism. It did not recognize the validity of the Vedic Scriptures, nor the sacrificial cult which arose from it. It also questioned the authority of the priesthood. Also, the Buddhist movement was open to people of all castes, denying that a person's worth could be judged by their blood....   [tags: Religion Theology Essays] 1394 words
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The Existence Of God - The Existence of God Works Cited Not Included For centuries, the idea of God has been a part of man's history. Past and present, there has always been a different integration consisting of the believers and the non-believers of God. The group of those who have "faith" in God tend to be related to one religion or another. On the other hand, the skeptics find the existence of God somewhat puzzling and try to seek the answers through scientific methods. Even as of today with all the modern technologies and the development of sciences, we still do not have a definitive answer to the question "does God exist?" Among many philosophers and scholars who have tried to answer this question, we shall...   [tags: Religion Theology Essays Papers] 1308 words
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Augustine's Concept of Politics - Augustine's Concept of Politics For Augustine, political life is a necessary evil. Why is it evil and why is it necessary. How then, does his claim influence his political theory. Introduction It is probably prudent to begin by discussing some of the fundamental beliefs of St. Augustine in order to better tackle the question. We must remember that St. Augustine is first and foremost a theologian, and thus his beliefs are firmly rooted in the teachings of Christianity. He accepted the doctrine of the Bible, i.e....   [tags: Politics Theology Augustine Essays]
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Reflection On World Religion - Reflection on World Religions It has been an outstanding five weeks. This was the course that I've been waiting to take since I started Capella back in April of 2004. Finally after weeks of reading World Religions by Huston Smith, I have developed an understanding of some of the world's religions. I can never be an expert in this field, and I don't want to, but at least I have an idea where these religions originated and have a general concept of the beliefs behind each religion. Each of the religions we covered have one thing in common that stick out, and that is promoting peace and harmony....   [tags: Theology Religion Religions] 991 words
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The Existence Of God - The existence of God has long been a topic of debate. It is the ultimate topic of discussion, as everyone seems to have an opinion on it. I will look at the traditional arguments for the existence of God, the ones that have stood the test of time, and find out how convincing the arguments really are by looking at each one in turn, analysing the logic behind each argument, and finally looking at its criticisms and the responses to the criticisms. The first argument for the existence of God I will look at is the cosmological argument, more commonly known as the "First Cause" argument....   [tags: Religion, Theology, Philosophy, logic] 1655 words
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God’s Existence - This semester our Philosophy of Religion class took a more broad approach towards the intimate ideas of God. A question we must all ask ourselves; is there a God and if so how can we prove there is. As a class we challenged our minds and throughout possibilities, yet we never really came to an agreeable conclusion, considering the topic it must be broken down. The moral and ethical views will help guide me throughout, along with many other popular philosophical stand points and leaders to sustain and validate my assessments on the subject....   [tags: Argumentative Essay Theology]
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The Preacher Ruminates: Behind The Sermon (Analysis and Interpretation) - "Without a Hand to Hold" Analysis and Interpretation of "The Preacher Ruminates: Behind the Sermon" Gwendolyn Brooks' "The Preacher Ruminates: Behind the Sermon" gives an eerie look into a minister's mind. Indeed the poem's premise is made clear from the opening line: "It must be lonely to be God" (1). The poem proceeds to note that while God is a much-revered and respected figure, he has no equal. The preacher's revelation provides the reader a unique perspective into religion. Brooks points out due to God's position of omniscience, it is not possible for a figure like Him to have friends....   [tags: Preacher Ruminates Gwendolyn Brooks Theology] 1482 words
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The Ontological Argument for the Existence of God - The Ontological Argument for the Existence of God The ontological argument is an a priori argument. The arguments attempt to prove God's existence from the meaning of the word God. The ontological argument was introduced by Anselm of Canterbury in his book Proslogion. Anselm's classical argument was based on two principals and the two most involved in this is St Anselm of Canterbury as previously mentioned and Rene Descartes. The ontological argument argues that if you understand what it means to talk about God, you will see His existence is necessarily true....   [tags: Theology Religion God Essays Papers] 1544 words
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The Kingdom Of God - Pearl gates, marble stairs and a throne of gold, or an inner area in the hidden depths of our own soul. Which can describe the true kingdom of God, a real physical world or a place that is only seen in ones hearts. Some would say it to be a place above man, built by God to be a home for peoples' souls after death. Others might say that it is no more than a place inside us that can only be reached through the right decisions and acts of kindness. A place that is not seen or discussed but only felt in a way that is incomparable to any feeling ever felt by the living....   [tags: Religion Theology Christian Christianity essays] 1322 words
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Who Is Christ Today - It is undeniable that we live in trying times. The newspapers are loaded with articles about the economic downturn. The local newscast is headlined by violence erupting in streets just around the corner. Websites broadcast the events of war and genocide on almost every continent. With all these sobering events occurring on a daily basis, the question begs to be asked: Just who is Jesus Christ to us today. In his time Christ was a teacher, a leader, and a model to the growing Christian population....   [tags: Religion Christ Jesus Christianity Theology] 1782 words
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Death Through Adam Life Through Christ - Death Through Adam, Life Through Christ As many of us know it today as the Bible states, God created man, "he formed him from dust and breathed into his nostrils to bring him to life. He planted a garden in Eden and put the man there. Out of the ground God made every tree pleasant to see and good for food." (Nietzsche) For the serpent had told Eve that the tree of knowledge of good and evil would not harm her or Adam, they chose to eat from it, without listening to the command of God. By eating this fruit, it imposes the knowledge of good and evil on Adam and Eve and now it causes the risk of making a sin against humanity....   [tags: Religion Theology Analysis Adam Jesus Christ] 1496 words
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My Relationship - My Personal Relationship "For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 Having this verse instilled in me since I was a young child, it has become the basis for my religious belief system. Growing up my religious belief system was greatly influenced by two very important people, my grandmother and my aunt. Both women taught me everything from the traditions we celebrate to the advantages and disadvantages of our beliefs....   [tags: Religion Personal Testimonial Theology] 1312 words
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Hamartiology - Hamartiology (Hauerwas, The Peaceable Kingdom, 30-35) We are friends of the crucified, but we are the crucifiers as well. We must be trained to see ourselves as sinners, not self-evident, so fundamental we must be taught to recognize it. Cannot perceive it when we are formed by it. Sin not universal tendency to be inhumane or immoral (though involves this), we are sinful because we deceive ourselves about the nature of reality and would thus crucify the one who calls us to God's kingdom. Discover true identity as selves in life, death, resurrection of Jesus....   [tags: Theology Sin] 1524 words
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Armageddon - Armageddon In 1998, Touchstone Pictures released Armaggedon, the most recent in a premillenial barrage of films focused on the end of the world. The film included a trendy Hollywood cast, headlined by Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, and Ben Affleck, and was directed by Michael Bay, whose previous film credits included the 1996 top ten hit, The Rock. Although Armageddon received nods from the Academy of Motion Pictures for Best Effects (Sound Effects Editing and Visual Effects), Best Music (Song), and Best Sound, film critics were not so enthusiastic....   [tags: Christianity Theology End of the World Papers]
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The Humanity of God by Karl Barth - For this paper, I read and analyzed the Humanity of God, a series of three writings by Karl Barth. I focused specifically on his writing Evangelical Theology in the 19th Century. Barth begins by defining theology broadly and then evangelical theology specifically, he then expounds on its history, the theologians who represented it and the groundwork it was built on. He also discusses issues brought up by problems in the initial groundwork. This paper will explore the nature of theology drawing from the examples of the 19th century set by Barth and compare and contrast it with personal perspective on and experience with 21st century theology....   [tags: Christianity, Faith, Beliefs, Religion, God]
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The Relations between Science and Religion - ... That's why more and more abandoned religion. That's how it happened. This happens if we just look at the surface level. In fact, we should see that sebenrnya telogi simply a human intellectual construction that tries to understand the religious messages of the prophets. Thus we must dare to confront theology with science and make them grow dealektis and complementary to solve human problems posed by the application of advanced science. an barbour example is a thinker who is very conscious of that....   [tags: no real conflict, harmony]
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The Church and Its Participation in God's Mission - Introduction The church –local and universal– and her participation in God’s mission to the world is one of the central themes in the discussion of theology of mission. However, this focus on the church per se, seems to overshadow other important factors such as the pastor’s role and how him/her can lead the local church in God’s missional task. There is scarce literature dedicated to this particular topic; hence this paper seeks to be a contribution as it underscores the role of the pastor as an agent of mission, specifically among Latino American Christianity....   [tags: bible, tradition, puerto rico, church]
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The Social History of the Early Christian Church - The social history of the early Christian church is closely related to the kinds of documents and the secular, cultural context that was around at the time. Paul was highly influential on early Christian theology as was other people that wrote under his name. Three canonized works have classically been attributed to Paul, but are now known to be forgeries: 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus. These books are known as “The Pastorals” and they are different from Paul’s authentic works in many fundamental ways....   [tags: jew, creek, bible] 1144 words
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The Attempt to Understand Christian Faith in Terms of a Particular Context - Contextualizing theology is attractive, since it means responding very directly to our subjectivity and our culture. In such an important conversation, how can we avoid relativization. Or is relativization a basically sound and healthy approach to reading and thinking about theology and God. In contextual theology, it is almost impossible to avoid relativization. The mere reason being that as human beings, we are programmed to be slightly selfish, something that counts as a weakness at certain points and strength at others....   [tags: essays research papers] 406 words
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Book Review: God Of The Oppressed - Book Review: "God of the Oppressed" James H. Cone "God of the Oppressed" is a history of the African American Struggle through the complex account of its author, James H. Cone. Written in 1975, "God of the Oppressed" is the continuation of Cone’s theological position, which was introduced in his earlier writings of, "Black Theology and Black Power," (1969) and "A Black Theology of Liberation" (1975). This final account was put together and published as a response to the continuous dismissal of Black Theology....   [tags: James Cone] 1895 words
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Self-Revelation as Hermeneutic Principle? - According to Peter Eicher’s standard monograph on this topic, the concept of self-revelation is to be rated as the ‘Principle of modern theology’. Despite far-reaching differences in terms of approach and development, this basic concept is shared by the most heterogeneous modern theologians, such as Karl Barth, Emil Brunner, Rudolf Bultmann, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Karl Rahner, Richard Niebuhr, Jürgen Moltmann, Eberhard Jüngel, and Wolfhart Pannenberg. A more or less balanced composite of their different approaches is part of every undergraduate introduction to contemporary theology, as articulated, for example, in Alasdair McGrath’s Christian theology: “God has taken the initiative through...   [tags: religion] 2698 words
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Gospel Culture Encounter - “Every Christian is both a member of the universal church and also a participant in a particular culture. There is not one Christian interpretation of Jesus; there are many different ones, shaped by different cultures.” I find this quote by Lesslie Newbigin, from his book The Open Secret, to be a great and apropos description of what we find in our exploration of The Theology of the Pain of God by Kazoh Kitamori. Kitamori’s thoughts are definitely shaped by the Japanese culture, but yet can be applied to the universal church theological thought process....   [tags: christian, jesus, church]
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Theological Virtue of Charity - ... The theological virtue of charity revolves around three significant elements (Velde, 2006). These elements are a charity, faith and hope. To gain charity, faith and hope should be active to some significant levels to ensure that there is a means to an end. Charity is a critical aspect that activates the elements of faith and hope. However, to some extent, the three elements are not isolated. Hope and faith can be independent. However, charity depends the individual’s ability to have faith and to be hopeful....   [tags: Saint Thomas Aquinas]
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A Review of Donald Fairbairn's Eastern Orthodoxy Through Western Eyes - A Review of Donald Fairbairn's Eastern Orthodoxy Through Western Eyes "Our calling is not to blaze a trail, for Christ has done that for us. Rather, our task is to join the many who have walked and are walking the path, to follow the footprints leading to eternity and to God." -Donald Fairbairn In Donald Fairbairn's "Eastern Orthodoxy Through Western Eyes", Fairbairn takes the basic beliefs of Orthodoxy and explains them from a Western point of view. It's evident that this book was written for those of the Protestant faith due to the language used and the issues they address....   [tags: Eastern Orthodoxy West] 1630 words
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Women and the Trinity - Women and the Trinity For most of us, faith development is a process. We grow in wisdom and stature and favor with God. As a Christian woman I know that my consciousness about the feminist agenda has evolved in stages also. First, I became aware of the generic language. Words like "mankind", "brotherhood", and the overused pronoun "he" was supposed to describe all of humanity. IT was clear that they contained a masculine bias. Little girls grew up hearing those words literally and scaling down their self-image....   [tags: Papers] 1114 words
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Fading Christian Relevancy Exposed by Sallie McFague - My first encounter with Sallie McFague’s article was jarring: her eco-feminist metaphorical approach to theology is somewhat unexpected to those unfamiliar with Religious Studies. Yet I suppose I have misjudged much of this field of study by unfairly coming to expect either wholly traditional or wholly radical claims. McFague’s approach, however, seems relatively moderate and reasonable in all its assertions, and its neo-Derridian deconstruction had my inner cultural analyst bursting with excitement....   [tags: Religion Philosophy] 2482 words
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