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Theology essays / Divinity And Humanity
Divinity and Humanity A fundamental question that has had philosophers and theologians puzzled for ages is exactly how we relate to our higher power. The search for this answer is so important to us because once it is known, we will all know how to better serve God and be righteous. With this knowledge, we will also attain a better understanding of the universe we live in and our exact pl...
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Theology essays / St. Thomas Aquinas
I chose to write about Saint Thomas Aquinas because I have heard of his life and found it interesting. There was also a large pool of knowledge to research from, about Saint Thomas Aquinas. I also knew he is called Doctor of the church and I wanted to learn more about that. I was interested in Saint Thomas Aquinas because he was misunderstood by his peers and was also called "the Dum...
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Theology essays / Ideas Have Consequences
Ideas have consequences. This is a statement that can be proven, whatever time period you look at. As far back in time as history books go, great people and nations have had seemingly great ideas, which when implemented, resulted in mass disaster. Take for example the ancient Aztec Indians. They believed that the sun was actually a living being, and that for it to sustain its light and ...
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It is not possible or commendable in mainstream United States to imitate biblical-times gender role patterns. In biblical times, male and female weren't associated according to gender as much as they were according to relationship. Because of the enmeshed society where individuating was not only not done but wasn't seen as normal or healthy we cannot as individuals in the United States ...
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Theology essays / Inherit The Wind 2
Are You A Man or A Monkey ? A Disturbing Movement of Anti-Intellectualism in America It s more valuable to see with the eye in one s heart, rather than see with the eye in one s head. The epic crusade of science and technology versus theology, both religions of sorts dating back in time more years than any of us can begin to comprehend. Maybe that is why, as a whole, we have such a ...
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Theology 2200 Karl Rahner, a German theologian, is regarded by many as the foremost Roman Catholic thinker of the 20th century. He believes that every human being is essentially spiritual and that the truth about the human person is revealed in God. This he believes is true whether directly adverted to or whether the person opens him or herself to it. Rahner also believes that there are ...
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The birth narratives of the gospels of Matthew, Luke and John are versions of the stories of the Messiah’s birth. They are not exactly the same. John’s gospel doesn’t even give word of the virgin birth. In Biblical Theology class, we remembered each birth narrative as “the one with the shepherds,” or “the one with the wise men.” Matthew’s go...
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Theology essays / Schools
Scold your wife sharply, bully and terrify her is a quotation from a fifteenth century Catholic Church publication called Rules of Marriage , a document which does not just condone wife battering but actually recommends it as a meritorious action that will bring spiritual benefit to both husband and wife: to the batterer and battered alike (Women s International Network News). This is just ...
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Theology essays / Luther Love Disscussion
Eric Pacheco Love As Ethic and Idea Rewrite Paper 2 Spring April 2001 Throughout history and especially since the sixteenth century many Roman Catholic’s like Martin Luther, have distinguished ordinary or "acquired" prayer, even if occurring at a super conceptual level of love, adoration, and desire for God, from the extraordinary or "absorbed" contemplation which is entirely th...
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Theology essays / Martin Luther 2
Martin Luther Who is Martin Luther? How did he come about? What has he done to change Christianity? Are some questions frequently asked by adults and students who don t know to much about Martin Luther. So this paper is going to discuss the following issues or question that were just asked. So that hopefully when this paper is over the issues will be answered, and in the process people wi...
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Martin Luther’s development of his theology, Lutheranism, took many years of Biblical studies, monastic living and inner soul searching. Luther had been designated by his father to be a lawyer. He pursued this wish by attending the University of Erfurt, a university that was considered to be the best and a university in which religion played a dominant role. In 1505 he passed his Ma...
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Theology essays / Martin Luther
MARTIN LUTHER Martin Luther was a German theologian and religious reformer, who started the Protestant Reformation, and whose vast influence during his time period made him one of the crucial figures in modern European history. Luther was born in Eisleben on November 10, 1483 and was descended from the peasantry, a fact that he often stressed. Hans Luther, his father...
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Theology essays / Luther
Martin Luther was a German theologian and religious reformer, who started the Protestant Reformation, and whose vast influence during his time period made him one of the crucial figures in modern European history. Luther was born in Eisleben on November 10, 1483 and was descended from the peasantry, a fact that he often stressed. Hans Luther, his father, was a copper miner. Luther received a sou...
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Thanatopsis and The Bible In William Cullen Bryant s early nineteenth century poem Thanatopsis, a collage of imagery and ideas surround a central theme of the cycle of life. Within this poem lies a story of great wonder and hope. The story is that of the afterlife in which Bryant conveys a lot of the same ideas of a majestic and heavenly paradise that are present in the Christian Bible. Since B...
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Theology essays / Management
. I have spent the first half of this semester studying the historical fiction of ancient cultures, more specifically, the book Genesis, the epic of Gilgamesh, and the Enuma Elish creation story. It was interesting to discover the uniqueness and at the same time, the similarities of the stories. Many of the details in the stories were similar, yet some aspects were different. For the pu...
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The Society of Jesus, better known as the Jesuits have seen many tragedies as well as successes. One of their most recent tragedies occurred in Central America. Six Jesuit priests along with other staff members were killed, these killings were caused by the governments of more than one country. The Jesuit order was started by St. Ignatious Loyola. He worked as a mercenary but was forced into ...
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Theology essays / Joseph Cebula
Blessed Josef Cebula Father Cebula lived in Poland and in the latter stages of his life his country was greatly affected by World War II. Over 107 polish martyrs died in the Nazi concentration camps during the war. He studied theology and also philosophy and taught the people about God. He was involved in many seminaries and he taught for most of his life even though he was weak. As an ...
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Theology essays / Christina Rossetti
'The World' by Christina Rossetti Purpose In this poem Rossetti is explaining a friendship, in which that person is two faced. At day she is 'Ripe fruits, sweet flowers' and at night a she changes into a 'beast she grins at me'. Ideas In Victorian theology, 'the world' of material pleasure and self-indulgence signified evil, in contrast to spiritual or heavenly aspiration. The...
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Theology essays / Ephesians
Ephesians is to the epistles what John is to the Gospels: the most exalted and universal of them all. Paul probably wrote Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon from prison in Rome around AD 60 or 62. Ephesians seems to be a letter for all the churches in the region Asia Minor), for it mentions no specific controversies in any local church. Instead, its topic is universal. Tota...
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Theology essays / John Calvin
John Calvin John Calvin was born in Noyon, France, on July 10, 1509. He is best known for being a French theologian, church reformer, humanist, and pastor. Protestant denominations in the Reformed tradition regard him as a major formulator of their beliefs. He went to school starting at age fourteen. He received his formal education for priesthood at the College de la Marche and the College...
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One of the most significant events of the Renaissance was the religious movement of the Sixteenth Century. This milestone, known as the Protestant Reformation, was the most serious upheaval in the Christian Church since the introduction of Christianity into Europe. Primarily, this revolution was neither political, philosophical, nor literary. It was a revolt that was centrally religious and idea...
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Theology essays / Bonhoeffer
Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Liberation Theology Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Theology of Liberation is a source of hope for the world's downtrodden, particularly in underdeveloped countries. From his theology of liberation has sprung emulators, and many liberation theologians sing his praises. Born out of an era of hate and war, his liberation theology contrasted Adolf Hitler's aims of violence and genocide...
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Theology essays / Creed Or Chaos
Creed or Chaos Dorothy L. Sayers looks deeply into the controversial topic of the church s downfall including how and why dogma plays a vital role in ones distrust in the spiritual strength of Christianity. Creed or Chaos focuses on dogma as such a doctrine of faith proclaimed by the church and it s misinterpretation as an ideology. In The Greatest Drama Ever Staged is The Official Creed ...
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Theology essays / Does God Exist
Are You A Man or A Monkey ? A Disturbing Movement of Anti-Intellectualism in America “It’s more valuable to see with the eye in one’s heart, rather than see with the eye in one’s head.” The epic crusade of science and technology versus theology, both religions of sorts dating back in time more years than any of us can begin to comprehend. Maybe that is why, as a...
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Theology essays / The Priesthood
The Priesthood I chose this carrer to make it up to God for all the bad things I've done in life. the job of a Priest is a difficult yet rewarding one. Priests guide people spiritually and emotionally. The typical day of a priest with morning mass, then prayer, and finally other activities such as personal counsiling or confession. A priest may also visit a hospital to comfort ...
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The Crucible: A Film Review Who'd have thought that simple dancing could cause so much chaos in a small town. This is precisely what happens in the film The Crucible (Nicholas Hytner, 1996), which was originally written as a play by Arthur Miller. This story is based on actual events, which helps in showing the accuracy of the events. The story takes place in Salem in 1692, during ...
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Theology essays / Religion
By all accounts scientific, religion is a belief in an entity and a philosophy founded on the basis of morality rather than one, which is provably factual. Theology we tend to forget is as much theory as any one of the numerous sciences. The difference is however that theology is an age-old study, still as yet unproven and far inferior to the study of evolution. To the spiritually enlightened...
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Theology essays / Lutheranism
Lutheranism is a major Protestant denomination which originated as a 16th-century movement. It was led by Martin Luther. Luther was a German Augustinian monk and professor of theology. He originally planned to reform the Western Christian church. Because Luther and his followers were excommunicated by the pop, however, Lutheranism developed in a number of separate national and territorial ch...
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Theology essays / Women And The Trintiy
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 women 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 t...
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Theology essays / Jeremiah
Brian Brames Old Testament 103 The life of Jeremiah Jeremiah may be one of the most intriguing and revealing of the Old Testament prophets. With his continual return to god and the constant struggle between his heart and the voice of god. This elevates him as a human being and not just as an instrument of god (Paterson 144). He is one of the most human of prophets mentioned in the Old...
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Theology essays / Christian Morality
Christian Morality. Moral truth is in objective reality, as Christ taught. The Basics. Christ taught that there is a logic to morality defining human responsibilities based upon the laws of life. Evidence shows that sin victimizes persons and corrupts minds, but theology portrays sin as being subjectively arbitrated by God and therefore in need of being interpreted by those who speak for ...
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Theology essays / Augustine
Midterm Exam Approaches to God 267 1) What do Luther, Aquinas, Augustine, Decartes, and Kierkeguard hold about the relationship between faith and reason? All of these great philosophers had varying views on the relationship between faith and reason. Martin Luther was a key historical figure and a key historical figure of his time. He rose to fame for his 95 thesis and is credited with ...
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Theology essays / Martin Luther
The Reformation all began in the fall of 1517. It was the eve of All Saints’ Day, 31 October 1517. On this day a professor of biblical studies Martin Luther at newly founded University of Wittenberg in Germany. He stated his arguments in the 95 Theses. They were heavily academic, and moderate in tone, the news of this spread like wildfire throughout Europe. Within a fortnight univer...
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Free-Will and Repentance in Dr. Faustus In Christopher Marlowe's The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus, the theme of free-will is manifested throughout the play but the necessity of repentance is not actually demonstrated. Dr. Faustus was a scholar like no other in his time, but he felt that the knowledge of Human scholarship - whether Philosophy (Aristotle), Medicine (Galen), Law (Justinian), o...
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Theology essays / Darwin Research
Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. He was the son of Robert Waring Darwin and his wife Susannah; and the grandson of the scientist Erasmus Darwin, and of the potter Josiah Wedgwood. His mother died when he was eight years old, and he was brought up by his sister. He was taught classics at Shrewsbury, then sent to Edinburgh to study medicine, which he hated, and a final ...
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Theology essays / Puritanism
Essay Question: Carefully define Puritanism. What is the meaning of puritanism in American history? Describe the idea of the Covenant as Puritans understood it. How were their ideas about the Covenant applied to their experience in America? Puritanism is one of the most important aspects of the American culture. Many of this country s beliefs come from puritanism background. What is Puritanism...
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Theology essays / Gutierrez
Gustavo Gutierrez is one of the fathers of what has been termed Liberation Theology. He is a native of Peru and is most well known for his book, A Theology of Liberation. Similar in nature to Bonhoeffer, he believes that theology must start with the sufferings of the oppressed. Liberation theologians in general believe that "God speaks particularly through the poor, and that the Bible can b...
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Richard Fox compiles a very informative, but complex resource in his full-scale biography about America's greatest twentieth-century theologian, Reinhold Niebuhr. Although sometimes over-indulging the reader with somewhat trivial facts, the material covered provides an in-depth portrayal of the life of this religious thinker, political organizer, preacher, and famed teacher. Karl Paul Reinhold...
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Theology essays / Speaking The Truth
Speaking The Truth Theology is Language about God. Christian theology is language about God s liberating activity in the world on behalf of the freedom of the oppressed. Christian theology must begin with Scripture and with Christ. Christian theology is language about the crucified and risen Christ who grants freedom to all who are falsely condemned in an oppressive society. By using Scripture...
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Theology essays / Reinhold Niebuhr
Niebuhr, Reinhold (1892-1971), American Protestant theologian, whose social doctrines profoundly influenced American theological and political thought. Born in Wright City, Missouri, June 21, 1892, he was educated at Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois; Eden Theological Seminary, Webster Groves, Missouri; and Yale Divinity School. In 1915 he was ordained in the ministry of the Evangelical Syno...
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Theology essays / Galileo
1. Is Galileo’s argument based on science or theology? Galileo’s argument is based on theology because that was what was mostly mentioned and that the science and the Bible were not contradicting each other. He always seems to compare science to the Bible and its Words because they were compatible. Galileo said, “ But I do not feel obliged to believe that the same Go...
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Theology essays / Puritans
Puritans Puritanism began to establish in the late 1600 s when many people within the Church of England wanted to purify and create a middle course between Roman Catholicism and the ideas of the Protestant reformers. Puritanism is a term that originates from the religious group called the Puritans. They were a denomination formed by the great Protestant Reformation in Europe. They were known a...
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Theology essays / Abelard And Heloise
Physical tragedy turns to sp Abelard and Heloise - Essay on any aspect of Abelard and Heloise, by Chaucer - Abelard Heloise Chaucer Literature English Canterburry Tales Anthology Letters Lover Physical tragedy turns to spiritual triumph in the relationship of Abelard and Heloise, recorded in their personal correspondence and Abelard s Historia Calamitatum. Prompted by the sufferings o...
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Theology essays / Theology Response
I vividly remember walking down the aisle during my 8th graduation. The ceremony had just ended and I was proceeding to the cafeteria for dinner. Then all of a sudden, my grandpa, who has always been relatively close to me, pulled me aside. He whispered into my ear the key to life. "Work like you don't need the money, love like you've never been hurt, and dance like you do when nobody's w...
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Theology essays / John Donne
Although the main focus of many of his poems is death, Donne’s ego seems to steal the spotlight. In Holy Sonnet 10, he manages to defend humankind against death, possibly because he feels he cannot be defeated by God. As with most themes in his work, however, he often changes his opinion, leaving a confused reader to attempt to find his real belief about death. It is safe to assume ...
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Theology essays / Theology Of The Hammer
In order for us as a society to move forward, I believe that we must adapt the same central ideas that Habitat for Humanity implements. The mission for Habitat for Humanity simply is to eliminate poverty housing by partnering with families to build and renovate houses. They implement "Matching the Word with Deed" (Fuller 21). I feel that this is important because preaching the good word o...
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Intelligo Ut Credam (I Know in Order to Believe) by Kenneth A. Holt The influence of Aristotle on Thomas Aquinas is evident from the fact that Thomas gave had to give knowledge gained by human reason quite a different value from what was usual in the theological tradition. There was no disputing the fact that reason has its own independence against faith. The new desire for knowled...
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Theology essays / Little Chidren
Deana Hazeltine 1-26-01 Biblical Theology Book Review A review on “A little exercise for young theologians” Helmut Thielicke, in the book “ A little exercise for young theologians,” starts off being really harsh on young theologians to get his point across. At first my reaction was to think he was being a little too critical. I understand that in the process of learning you...
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Theology essays / God's Existence
In the beginning of Scholasticism, one of the biggest problems is the place of dialectic, because it was often inconsistent with theology. Anselm made a moderate point between dialectic, philosophy and theology; “We believe in order to understand rather than understand so that we may believe”. From that point of view, He proved the existence of the God. In the “Proslogium”...
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In A Black Theology of Liberation, James H. Cone wrote of Jesus Christ as a symbol of opposition to oppression. He argues that black theology is the only legitimate theology because it emerges out of oppressed people and it applies to everyone, the oppressed and the oppressors. Jean Genet wrote the following: "One evening an actor asked me to write a play for an all Black cast. But what is a ...
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Theology essays / Theology Reflection
Theology Reflection Chapter 4-Page 66-Number 1 Imagine a situation in which you are arrested and imprisoned for being a Christian. What are you thinking as you sit in your prison cell? Write down your feelings and behavior as if writing a journal entry. As I sit in my prison cell for something that I have no control over, being a Christian by birth, I wonder why they would do th...
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Theology essays / Does Goe Exist
Does God exist? Theology, cosmological, teleological and ontological arguments are all have ways to prove the existence of God. With all of these great arguments how can one deny that there is a God. There is a God and with these reasons I will prove that. There are two types of theology discussed in chapter nine of Kessler "Voices of Wisdom," revealed and natural theology. Reveal...
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"Theology in fact has always and still needs philosophy's contribution. As a work of critical reason in the light of faith, theology presupposes and requires in all its research a reason formed and educated to concept and argument" (97). Our beliefs and understandings about God stem from theology. Our knowledge comes from those teachings. In this manner, it can then be stated that theology is de...
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Theology essays / Chenu
The question of whether or not theology is in fact a science is one that is not new. Chenu disputes this question but in the end comes up with an affirmative answer that yes, theology is indeed a science. One point that Chenu brings up is that we should look at the Aristotelian definition of science and consider the words of St. Anselm: Faith seeking understanding which is inherently scient...
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Theology essays / Saint Clement The First
Feastday: October 14 Imagine that your biography was written by an enemy of yours. And that its information was all anyone would have not only for the rest of your life but for centuries to come. You would never be able to refute it -- and even if you couldno one would believe you because your accuser was a saint. That is the problem we face with Pope Callistus I who die...
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Theology essays / Charismatic Prayer
Charismatic Prayer By Neil Clemens When I pray, I usually stop and contemplate what I need to pray about or think about what I need to pray for. After lots of research on charismatic prayer, I found out that it is a various genre of prayers. The prayer that stuck out most to me is the one where you say simple holy words in a loving manner, such as "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, save souls". I've ...
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Theology essays / Eve In The Bible
"Eve" The story of the creation of Adam and Eve must be one of the most widely known stories of all. The entire story transcends religious, ethnic and social backgrounds. Adam and Eve were the first people to populate God's new creation. They were placed by God in the Garden of Eden. It was a utopia unparalleled by human invention. Because of sin, they were driven from the garden and began ...
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Should the Ten Commandments be Posted in Schools? ---------------------------------------------------------- Notes: All scripture quotes, unless otherwise indicated, are from the New King James Version of the Bible. The views expressed below are not necessarily those of the author, but rather are intended to make people think. Feel free to distribute this essay anywhere you want, including ...
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ZARATHUSTRIANISM ORIGINS OF BELIEF AND AFTERLIFE Zarathustrianism, also known as Zoroastrianism, originated in Persia and was founded by the prophet Zarathustra, who may have been an agrarian living ca. 628 - 551 BCE. Zarathustra was a member of the Aryan race, heeding from Iran, which is the ancient name of Persia, and it is derived from the root "Arya" or Aryan, the Indo-European branch o...
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Theology essays / Martin Luther
Luther, Martin (1483-1546), was a German theologian and religious reformer, who initiated the Protestant Reformation, and whose vast influence, extending beyond religion to politics, economics, education, and language, has made him one of the crucial figures in modern European history. Luther was not the regular theologian; viewing things systematically, but rather enjoyed his work immensely, ob...
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Theology essays / The Book Of Genesis
Genesis The book of Genesis tells the story of the world. It starts at the very beginning, when "God created the heaven and the earth." The book ends at the death of Joseph, son of Jacob and progenitor of Israel. Genesis had two very uneven sections in it. The First part of the book, from about chapters 1-11, contains many stories that cover the very first events in human history. Firs...
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Theology essays / Outline Of Buddhism
Outline of Buddhism Buddhism is the oldest of the four major religions in the world today. Its followers inhabit such countries as India, China, Bhutan, Mongolia, Korea, Vietnam, Japan, and much of southeastern Asia and parts of Malaysia. A rough estimate of the amount of devotees is 400 million followers and one million monks and nuns. Buddhism can be considered a re...
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The Origin of the Presence of Satan The United Press International stated that on October 11, 1978, a father "kept his daughter, Tina Ann, 10, imprisoned in a 3 foot by 4 foot closet in [his small, white frame house] while he slowly beat her to death. He buried her under a dilapidated shed at the rear of the house and the family left town several months later." In another horrid scena...
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The Offertory-In Perspective The offertory procession, as described in the rubrics of the LBW, and in detail in the Manual on the Liturgy is criticized in Making Sense: An Exploration of Word and Sacrament. Our customary format of brief response papers does not allow sufficient space to enter dialogue regarding this practice. This paper is an exploration of the issues raised by this ritual prac...
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Theology essays / Deuteronomy 32:36-39
Genesis 25:19--34 Scope, Selection and Content of Pericope Genesis 25:19 begins a new text section, marked by a topic marker "These are the descendants of name son of name" which begins new sections in Gn 2:4, 5:1, 6:9, 10:1, and 11:27. Gn 26, immediately following the pericope is an independent story about Isaac. The Jacob saga begun in 25:19 continues with 27:1, which directly depends on 25:19...
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Theology essays / Deuteronomy 32:36-39
Deuteronomy 32:36-39 Scope, Selection and Content of Pericope This text , within the Third Speech of Moses (Dt 29-32), is part of the Song of Moses (Dt 32:1-43). The text is part of the redemption and vengance section of the song. The selection, vv 36-39, is an appropriate pericope, even though it depends on the wider context for interpretation of its pronoun antecedents. Sources/Traditions/F...
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Theology essays / Deuteronomy 8: 7-18
Deuteronomy 8: 7-18 Scope, Selection and Content of Pericope Deuteronomy 8, an independent exhortation within the second speech of Moses (4:44-28:68), has the motif of remembrance/forgetting (verses 2, 11, 14, 18, 19) as a call to obedience (verses 1,2, 6, 11, 19). Beginning the pericope with 8:7 is unsatisfactory because it presupposes the preceding context ("For…"). At least 8:1...
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Leviticus 19:1,2, 15-18 Scope, Selection and Content of Pericope Leviticus 19:1,2, 15-18 is the Old Testament pericope appointed for 23 Pentecost A in the LBW. Verses 15-18 are a thematically related set of laws regarding relationships with "neighbors". The pericope is in-complete without the introductory statement of 1,2, because the laws in this chapter are all expansion and commentary on v 2....
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The Canonical gospels in Asian Faces of Jesus This paper examines the usage of the canonical gospels in four segments of Asian Faces of Jesus, edited by R. S. Sugirtharajah: "Christ and Buddha", by Seiichi Yagi; "Confessing Christ in the Islamic Context" by Alexander J. Malik; "The Crucified Christ Challenges Human Power" by Kosuke Koyama; and the interpretative sections by Sugirtharajah. The fol...
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Theology essays / Ten Thousand Names
Ten Thousand Names A second issue... is concerned with the question of the na-ture of the categories or concepts fundamental to or appro-priate for Christian speech about God. Should these be "personal," "historical," and "ontic" in character, as they surely are in scripture, or should they be ontological, metaphysical, and therefore "impersonal" in character, as in almost every speculative philo...
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Gospel, A Matter of Definition Reasonable God-talk presupposes that we agree on the meanings of the terms we use. A foundational term for Christian theology is 'gospel'. This term, however, has had multiple referents. This paper explores referents for 'gospel' and their implications. Theological authors are often inconsistent in their definition of 'gospel'. Donovan uses at least four different...
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Theology essays / Lover And Mother
This paper received an A in Berkeley Graduate Theological Union's PLTS History of Christianity course. Lover and Mother Julian of Norwich, in Revelations of Divine Love paints a distinctive portrait of Jesus, focused on Jesus' love considered through the metaphors of lover and mother. Her image of Jesus casts light on the images we use to talk about Christ and offers hints for modern spirit...
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"My flesh is true food, my blood is true drink" (John 6:55) These were the words spoken by Christ himself, during the initial institution of the Eucharistic sacrament. Such phraseology, a primary article of Catholic belief was intended to be perceived in its literal sense, as opposed to metaphorical interpretation. The Eucharist is a sacrament of the Lord's supper, consisting of consecrated el...
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Theology essays / Oscar Romero
If one seeks to fully comprehend the complexity surrounding the life and untimely death of Oscar Romero, they must initially be exposed to the notion of liberation theology. The theory of liberation which emphasises social and economic justice for the poor, became a major force in El Salvadoran Catholicism. El Salvador is a country with its foundations in religion, a religion entwined with pol...
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Theology essays / Intro To Islam
In the Name of Allah, most Compassionate, most Merciful Introduction To Islam Islam and Muslims The word "Islam" is an Arabic word which means "submission to the will of God". This word comes from the same root as the Arabic word "salam", which means "peace". As such, the religion of Islam teaches that in order to achieve true peace of mind and surety of heart, one must submit to...
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12/14/98 The Shema- Cornerstone of Jewish Faith Shema Yisrael, Adonai Elohainu, Adonai Echad. If Judaism was to be summarized or affirmed in one sentence, that sentence might very well be the first line of the Shema. The Shema is a call for complete devotion, both mentally and physically. It proclaims the covenant received by the Jewish people and describes the close bond which seals a Jew'...
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Theology essays / History Of Sacraments
In the early church, before the year 313 A.D., Christianity was illegal. After the year 313, around 380, Constantine legalized Christianity. The first order in which the sacraments were celebrated was Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion. The process of receiving all three sacraments at once was done at the Easter Vigil, and they were performed by the bishops, deacons, and deaconesses. A...
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Zac Oberender Sigmund Freud: The Future of an Illusion The following paper contains an attempt to define Sigmund Freud's perception of religion. After defining his perception, I will then attempt to point out to a couple of strengths and weaknesses contained in his definition. Freud believed religion was a cultural product, the creation of civilization itself. Civilization's principal tas...
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Theology essays / St. Peter Canisius
St. Peter Canisius Peter Canisius was born in Nijmegen, Holland to a wealthy family in 1521. His father was Jakob Kanijis, an instructor of the princes court in the court of Duke Lorraine. He was a respected man, being appointed nine times as mayor of his native town. (McGraw-Hill) Although Peter's mother died at an early age, he had a loving step-mother who stressed ed...
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Mark 5:1-13 They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when he had stepped out of the boat, immediately a man out of the tombs with an unclean spirit met him. He lived among the tombs; and no one could restrain him any more, even with a chain; for he had often been restrained with shackles and chains, but the chains he wrenched apart, and the shackles he broke ...
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The Letter to the Galatians and the Issues it Contains Paul's Letter to the Galatians is written in a very emotional and serious style. He addresses important issues, and there is a sense of urgency in his words. In the work he criticizes the actions of the Galatians, and gives them an ultimatum for the future. Some of the topics which are addressed in the letter include the Galatians lack of fai...
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Theology essays / Spirituality
Spirituality Authentic Christian Spirituality to me is a daily practice of reading, prayer, meditation and contemplation. Where your experiences are centered on God though his son Jesus Christ. You need to learn about Jesus and his teachings, to participate on a daily basis and to be conscience of the happenings and doings of Jesus. Once you learn this you need to model your life aft...
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Theology essays / The Theological Virtues
T H E T H E O L O G I C A L V I R T U E S The theological virtues are the foundation of Christian moral activity; they enliven it and give it special character. They inform and put the virtues into context with modern life and they are implanted by God in the souls of the faithful Christians, in order that they may ultimately make them capable of becoming his children and meriting ete...
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Is there something to being human that cannot be explained through biology and psychology? And just how can mankind be saved through the actions of man? Perhaps the truth lies in the past, and how it affects the present. Not societal events, but personal experiences... Ranging to thousands of years ago. According to L. Ron Hubbard, this is precisely what lies in store for those who follow his phil...
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Theology essays / Judge Whom
Judge Whom? All religions must deal with the idea of life after death. Whether their belief is that there isn't life after death or they simply believe that everyone continues life somewhere. Two of the major religions in the world believe that there is life after death and that you must believe in God to receive everlasting life. One of the key aspects of everlasting life is Judgment Day. T...
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Coming to Terms with God's Will Liana R. Prieto (Fall 1997) Before their conversions Augustine and Romero are plagued with doubts, doubts about themselves, other people, the world they live in and, especially, God's will. The wrongs in Augustine's life lead him on a search for justice and fulfillment. Romero, as archbishop, is forced to face the evils running rampant through his country. The...
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Ralph Waldo Emerson was a nineteenth-century transcendentalism author. Self-reliance and independence were ideas that were highly valued by him as well as other transcendentalist authors of his time. The transcendentalist believed in non-conformity and a belief that nature was an influential aspect of peoples life. They believed in an Oversoul that everything was a part of; from humans to plants t...
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Theology essays / The Regligious Differences
name = Dustin Toll email = shabazak@hotmail.com publish = yes subject = Theology title = The religious differences papers = I have heard a lot on the subject of Religion. There are a lot of different religions including Shinto, Buddhism, Judaism and, the most popular, Christianity. What I am going to say would offend most people, as I plan to be blunt. I think that most Religions are sha...
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Science/Religion Definition of religion and defense Definition of Religion: Religion is norms,values, or a way of life to an individual or community. A spiritual guide that governs the way a person lives from day to day by giving that person hope, belief, and reason to exist in this world. Religion can be wha...
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LIKE US IN ALL THINGS BUT SIN: An examination of the question of the impeccability of Jesus Christ Class: THEOL 510 Liberty University 11 October, 1996 The New Testament authors had no qualms about declaring that Jesus was truly human and telling us that Jesus committed no sin. Bible passages such as 2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 4:15, 1 Peter 2:22 and 1 John 3:5 "witness that He [Je...
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Theology essays / Old Testament
Old Testament The Old Testament is a compilation, and like every compilation it has a wide variety of contributors who, in turn, have their individual influence upon the final work. It is no surprise, then, that there exist certain parallels between the Enuma Elish, the cosmogony of the Babylonians, and the Book of Genesis, the first part of the Pentateuch section of the Bible. In fact, ar...
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Theology essays / Zoroaster
Introduction Some time in the history of the universe, no one is quite sure when, there was born a man. This man would eventually be the first to found a monotheistic religion. The name of this man is Zoroaster; the name is actually a corruption of Zarathushtra. Zoroaster's birth date, along with whether his religion is actually monotheistic, is a subject of...
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A Cultural Analysis of the Judgment Day "Judgment Day" is a term popularized by Christ and his followers. This term refers to a time during Christ's Second Coming when Christ will judge all men. Therefore, many modern artists look into the Bible and come up with exotic ideas to explain the message in terms that can be understood by people that may not have had that much contact with the Bibl...
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he Last Judgment is the altarpiece in the Sistine Chapel commissioned by Pope Clement VII. The painting proceeds from the viewer's lower left in a circular pattern, with the resurrected presenting themselves before the Christ and the saintly witnesses and then descending to damnation at the lower right. The religious themes and influences in the painting are only partly Christian and include Bibli...
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As you may know, "Promise Keepers," a male Christian group, recently rallied on the capital grounds to revel in the spirit of God. However, Promise Keeper's is a radical Christian group that, frighteningly, may one day wield a considerable amount of political power. Frighteningly not only because they are a large Christian group, but because of the views associated with them. One of the most di...
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In two different stories it has been depicted that two men have had their lives spared by God. Several questions are asked to find out why. Why save anyone? Why not just kill of all men instead of sparing two distinct but similar men for the same kind? There are several stories that depict earthly destruction and the destruction of the human race. However, the story of the Noah and the flood ...

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