History: Christian Essays & Term Papers

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The Hebrews, Greeks, and Romans were all key civilizations pertaining to the molding of civilizations to follow. They all contributed certain aspects of their lives to other civilizations and also achieved great tasks while their civilizations thrived. The Hebrews contributed one of the greatest things any ancient society could give. Their religion, Judaism, and also the key idea of monotheism; that is to say the idea of having and worshiping one God, not may like the ancient Greeks an

Anti-Semitism In America Today Anti-Semitism is hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group. Believe it or not anti- Semitism is occurring today. Jews are being harassed throughout the US too often. Jews have been getting abused by people for years and years now. Most of this abuse has and is still coming from Christians. The Anti-Semitic term did not come into play until the late 19th century. Anti-Jewish feelings however can be

The Role of Miracles and the Supernatural in Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages Supernatural events and miracles are very common in medieval lierature. Many of these miracles were used for common purposes, which were to provide examples of an ideal Christian way of life and promote conversion to Christianity. They do this by writing about miracles that punished people who acted improperly, miracles that took place to reward Christians for doing good deeds, showing extrem

Structured Religious System Whilst life had its roots in chaos since the earliest times humankind has sort structure in all aspects of life. It seems that without structure humankind would be still be living in the dark ages, we wouldn t be living in harmony with each other, we wouldn t have civilization as we know it today. From the earliest days all cultures have developed a structured belief or religious system it seems that most cultures needed an outside god to worship and rituals t

Christianity as a Way of Life The descriptions of the Roman Empire and state authority offered in Christian texts seems to be one that is oppressive. Since the state often punished Christians for disturbing the peace, the Empire is often shown as merciless and callous. However, texts seem to suggest that the Empire did not treat Christians any differently from the other citizens of the state. Christianity in itself was not illegal under Roman law, so Christians were not targeted specif

Christianity played a major role throughout the Middle Ages in society and politics. The Middle Ages, classified from 600 AD to 1350 AD, was significantly effected by Christianity because of the impact it had on the daily lives of people of the time. The beginning of the Early Middle Ages, after the Fall of Rome in 476 AD and the period known as the Dark Ages, the reorganization of the empire brought a desire for faith and religion, primarily Christianity. This trend of Christian importance wa

Between the first and fourth centuries Christianity gradually became the prevailing religion of Rome. The burden of how to respond to this new religion was placed upon the Roman government. Many kings or emperors of the Romans responded to Christianity in a different fashion. Over this large amount of time Christianity fought its way into the hearts and souls of the Roman people. Through the first general persecution of Christians by Decius in 250 A.D. to the conversion of the emperor to C

Christianity Buddhism Islam Concept Provided a substitute to the secular, rational values associated with classical culture in the west. The cause of human suffering was desire. The attachment to material things and ignorance. The concept was born among the tribal peoples of the Arabian peninsula. Philosophy Promised redemption from sins and a life to come from which material adversities were absent. If you live with the right: views, intentions, speech, actions, livelihood, effort, m

When "catholic" is used as an adjective, it means universal, open or general. I have read art magazines and reviews that have described certain art collections as "catholic in its uniqueness." The fact that Catholicism has its root in the word "catholic" is not a coincidence. In his essay "Catholicism: A Synthesis," Richard McBrien says that it is this notion that distinguishes Catholicism from other religions, Christian and non. The notion is that Catholicism is a religion that is based on op

The Protestant Reformation Many ideas of the Renaissance like humanism, individualism and secularism stimulated a strong critique of the church+s policy and the clergy+s behaviour. Many people regarded it as a scandal that the catholic church sold indulgences. Indulgences were documents, stamped by the church which could reduce your sins. People who bought indulgences believed that this document could pave their way to heaven. In northern Germany they went so far that they even sold indulgenc

The Roman Catholic Church is the single largest Christian body. Catholics are Christians who follow the pope in Rome in matters of faith. Jesus' Church is called catholic because it is his gift to all people. The word catholic means "universal" and has been used to identify the church since its early period when it was the only Christian church. The Roman Catholic church is the only Christian church that the descendants were appointed by Jesus Christ on to the 12 apostles. The church was a g

Flame In The Wind Flame in the wind was a good movie that dealt with one mans struggle between the Christian faith and the Roman Catholic faith. It took place in a time when anyone not professing to be a Roman Catholic was burned at the stake or imprisoned for life. It all started when Carlos began reading the actual Bible. The Roman Catholics for bided the reading of the scripture but Carlos was infatuated with the scripture immediately. As he read he began to notice the discrepancies betwee

PROTESTANT REFORMATION: A MENTOR TO CHRISTIAN CIVILIZATION When we talk about Protestant Reformation, what usually comes to our mind is a movement that brought about negative effects not just in Europe but also in the whole Catholic Church, which are still being felt and experienced even today. Although it may be true that the Protestant Reformation had been one of the causes of the gradual decline of the Catholic Church during the 16th century, it also brought about numerous contribut

France Calvanism Before Martin Luther, few dared to openly question the Catholic Church. After his initial challenge people were for the first time in 1000 years more comfortable questioning the beliefs formerly pushed upon them. One of the most influential of those that dared to have such original ideas was John Calvin. Living in France at this time, opposition to the Catholic Church was not well received and he found it necessary to flee to Switzerland. There he teached with the Pro

Luther's Movement of Liberation Luther's teachings opened up an entire new freedom to the peasant class. The peasants were now free from the bonds of rigorous catholic doctrine that had kept them at the mercy of the Machiavellian papacy, who passed law not for the good of the masses, but to please their own ends. The revelation that Luther brings to light is that the Christian soul only needed faith, and faith alone to reach heaven. During the passages, Luther never speaks of the cath

Why Would France, a Catholic power, help Protestants in the Thirty Years War? The Thirty Years War was a time of great religious conflict. The Calvinists opposed the Lutherans and the Catholics opposed the Protestants. Each side had no tolerance for the other and felt a deep hatred for them. The war consisted of four stages, or periods. The first of these stages was the Bohemian period. When Ferdinand came to power, in Bohemia, he immediately abolished religious freedom. The Protes

For the worship service, I visited one of the Quaker’s Friends meeting houses. Since my family’s religious background is Catholic Christian, This offered interesting views and different perceptions. Quaker’s history and believes were especially brought me interest. When I went to the Quaker’s Friend’s house I was nervous because I felt I am the first visitor and I did not know what I supposed to do in there. However, people in Friend house was really frie

Ignore fact and reason, live entirely in the world of your own fantastic and myth-producing passions; do this whole-heartedly and with conviction, and you will become one of the prophets of your age. Bertrand Russell wrote this controversial statement in his essay, How to Become a Man of Genius. Bertrand Russell was a man who some deemed one of the most provocative philosophers of his time. Other people would say that he was just a man who hated Christians. He spent his life writing and philo

In the course of reading Chapter 1 of our book, I came across something that I have known all along but taken for granted, as though it was not more important than my upcoming doctor s appointment. It is the simple yet breaking fact that I do not know what I believe in, or rather, I know what I believe, but I don t exactly know why I believe. And I am not alone in my plight. Most Filipinos, unfortunately, are guilty of this folly. We all have faith in God, not because we know the Sacred Script

During the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church directed its main goal as a basis for unity. Ironically, they preached so much on this theme that more people looked to the church instead of Christ as their savior. Because of this, the Catholic Church and the Christian religion suffered from corruption and moral problems. The Catholic Church was organized in divisions comparable to the Roman Empire. The bishop became the head of the church and had complete authority. During the fifth and

According to Gregory of Tours there should be no other religion besides Christianity. Gregory being a devout Christian, wants to instill his beliefs upon everyone else, especially the heretics, namely the evil sect Arianism. Gregory also believes, by choosing his God, no evil can be done, because even if a person is a sinner, God will pardon the person and their sins. Gregory especially loved the Franks. He viewed them not as destroyers, but as saviors of Christian Gaul. For they had be

The Catholic Church in America In 1493, 12 priests accompanied Christopher Columbus on his second voyage of exploration. Once they reached the new world they started several mission comunities. The missionaries who preached to the natives of the southeastern and southwestern portions of what is now the United States were mainly Spanish Franciscans, Dominicans, and Jesuits. Between the middle of the 16th century and the end of the 18th century they established many communities in what

The Protestant Reformation started in the 1500's when the Church started giving indulgences, or pardons for their sins, when someone gave money. The Catholic Church had always taught that when people die they cannot enter heaven before suffering some form of punishment for their sins in purgatory (a place between heaven and Hell). When a person was granted an indulgence, he was freed from some of his suffering in purgatory. In Germany a monk named Martin Luther wanted the Church to change m

In the play of Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, many forms of love are shown through each character. Cyrano, Christian, Roxanne, Le Bret, De Guiche, soldiers, and Rageneau are characters that showed their love for someone who they love. Also loves have many different significant meaning in my mind. Love is something so strong that it would alter people's action. Cyrano's love for Roxanne was so deep that he would do anything just to make Roxanne happy. Even if that means helping Christ

Catholics go through a cycle of events in their spiritual lives known as the seven sacraments. Although all Catholics can not partake in each sacrament, the majority receive the Holy Eucharist and are baptized as children. The sacraments are the rites of passage in the Catholic faith. Some of the sacraments require proper preparation and knowledge of the one s faith. The seven sacraments include Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Reconciliation, Marriage, Anointing of the Sick, and the Holy

Christian was a young man that lived long ago. In his time, they didn’t have the same technology as we do today. Christian wanted to explore the world as we know it, so he decided to have a time machine transport him to the future a few hundred years later, during the 1990’s. He was the most curious and interested in what we call the mall, which has many weird and fascinating things in it. This is the story of his adventure at the Cherry Hill Mall. When Christian arrived here in

Ku Klux Klan What is the Klan? The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan is a fraternal, patriotic movement promoting the ideals of Western Christian Civilization and White Racial political self-determination. It is not merely a "social association", but a dynamic, crusading White movement of world-historical perspective seeking the establishment of White Christian Political Self Determination. It is working to rebuild our collapsing society on the principles of Christian honor, honesty, duty

This book is about a girl named Cassie Bernal. Until about half way through her high-school career she became a devot christian who stood up for her faith. Unitl that turning point she was very rebellious and dindt pbey her parents. They didn't know what to do with her so they put her in a private school. She met a girl from school that would change her life. She invited her on a youth mission trip. During that trip she gave her life to the Lord. After that point she totally turned ar

St. Mary’s Catholic Church vs. St. Peter’s Catholic Church Who would think that two Catholic churches would be so different from one another? I attend two churches of the same religion; it is a very diverse experience at each one. I am a member of St. Mary’s Bryantown Catholic Church, but I also attend St. Peter’s Catholic Church. I attend both churches because there are features at both that I like and at times one is more convenient. However, there is also one

When analyzing the various personae exemplified in the novel Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, it is evident that each character changes throughout the plot. The characters Roxane, a beautiful, intelligent, love-seeking woman, Christian, Roxane s young lover who is terribly afraid of the spoken verse, and Cyrano, the distant cousin of Roxane, who happens to be in love with her, all changed throughout this play, in all cases for the better. In the introduction of the play, Roxane is quite

I agree with the Uncle that the Bible should be analyzed and interpret like any other book. Just because you are a Christian does not mean you can interpret it correctly. I come from a Christian family and we all have read the Bible. But I know that I have interpret parts of the Bible in a different matter then other members of my family, they have as well. For someone to say that only a Christian can interpret the Holy Bible is insane, people interpret things the way they perceive

TIMOTHY - A CHRISTIAN REPUTATION Scripture: Acts !6 vs. 1-3, Galatians 5 vs. 16 Timothy had grown up knowing the bible his mother Eunice, and his grandmother Lois had taught him the old testament. However timothy s father was greek and didn t always agree with the ideas of the Jewish religion. So just like some of us Timothy had to make choices in his home not everyone in his home agreed with. TImothy was just a teenager when he would accept Jesus Christ as his personal savior.

Dorothy Day and Her Controversial Views Dorothy Day was a very compassionate women. She has made many contributions to our society though she could be considered a socialist and a pacifist. Her views on Christianity were to "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." According to Day, as Christians and children of God, we should all be called to treat the poor as one of us, even though they might not deserve what they get. Many people feel that the poor are that way only because

Bless Me, Ultima Religion is a major theme in the story Bless Me, Ultima. Throughout the novel, Tony is faced with different beliefs and traditions that he can live by, and he is often confused about which path to follow. As he grows and is exposed to new people and things, he frequently questions his belief because he sees that there are other paths he can follow. This confuses him because deep inside he knows that he wants to follow God because he is afraid of believing in anything e

The Canterbury Tales Central Character: young Christian boy Point of View: Told by the Prioress in 3rd person Setting: Town in Asia Summary of the Plot: A young Christian boy 7 years old learns a new Christian hymn and sings it all of the time. He walked through a Jewish ghetto to and from school singing it. Satan tells the Jewish people that the boy was disgracing them and he should be killed. So the Jewish people catch him and slit his throat. His mother finds him dead, but still

An Ever Lasting Religious Experience Faked It is against God s wishes to fake an conversion, it against his faith to even change religions, it is against every rule in the bible to lie and say something that is not true, even when their in church in front of Jesus crucifix. Well, my friend John faked his conversion from Catholic to Baptist because he wanted to be in a religion with leadership, worship, and music. The leadership was not their when he was attending the Catholic Church b

The Thirty Years' War was a defining moment in the 17th century of Europe. The dynastic ambitions of many countries resulted in war over certain land. Religion also played a similar factor in the Thirty Years' War. When the war was being fought at first it began as a religious war but as it progressed it became more political. The importance of religion was secondary to the dynasties will to control certain areas of Europe. When the Peace of Augsburg was signed in 1555, it settled the disp

The Future of Catholic Education “Life is What Happens to You When You’re Making Other Plans” John Lennon In today’s educational system, we are encountering a massive shift in many issues. One major issue deals with Catholic education and what the future holds for it. In the context of education there is a massive change in the context of education which are causing huge structural changes. We are living in a time where our children need more and more Catholic based teachin

Christyann Salazar 12/5/99 Catholic Theology /Final Paper Question # 4 In the face of one of the biggest fears known to man-death-the Catholic faith provides a positive outlook upon the loss of ones physical presence on earth. Through the life and death of Jesus Christ (the hypostatic union of son and Father,) a Christocentric theology resolves the mystery of death through faith and grace. Gods only Sons death grants a Catholic Christian with an answer to the why of death, result

I have been around religion all my life, but only recently has it become important to me. I find this ironic, because I recently transferred to a ‘public’ DODDS school from a small, private Catholic school. Only after I was removed from the Catholic school environment did I begin to see what religion really is. I came to the Catholic school system in Leavenworth, Kansas in the fifth grade. Before that time, I was naïve; I barely knew any swear words and all I knew about s

Luther s ideas and reforms on Christianity were in direct conflict with the Catholic Church. These ideas, reforms, and thoughts on faith was the spark plug that started the Protestant Reformation. Luther began his career as an Augustinian Monk in the Roman Catholic Church. Consequently, Luther was initially loyal to the papacy, and even after many theological conflicts, he attempted to bring about his reconciliation with the Church. But this didn t last long because Luther waged battle with

People use one major excuse for their refusal of embracing Christianity in the Church:hypocrisy. This something that has been present in the Church since "Day One." People use many of the misdeeds done in the of Christ as evidence, such as Crusades, the Inquistion, witch trails, and many other horrible acts. Due to this behavior, a majority of them tend to say, "If that's what Christianity is all, then I don't want any part of it." First, it must be admitted that there is hypocrisy in the Chu

In Edward Albee’s controversial play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, religion plays a major, yet often overlooked theme. There are constant references to God and Jesus throughout the play; in the third act, “The Exorcism,” George recites the Requiem for the Dead, the Catholic funeral mass. Throughout the play, these religious references and the character of Honey come to symbolize the failure of religion. Albee added these references to point out the fact that although relig

Poetry is, more or less, up for interpretation. Most poetry is not written like a novel, it does not tell a specific story and give you all of the details you need to decipher it. A poem is there for the reader to interpret on his or her own. After recently reading Seamus Heaney’s poem, St. Kevin and the Blackbird, I have taken my own understanding of it, which could be completely different from any one of my classmates’ understandings. Coming from a Christian background, rathe

The bible states many different opinions and “facts” on predestination. I say “facts” because that is what one is led to believe that the bible teaches. In one area the bible says that a certain number was chosen at the start and that the number will neither increase nor decrease. Yet in another section it states that god chose all and man chooses his fate although god already knows it. Certain people become utterly and totally confused by these contradictions. I was one of th

One of the three basic pillars of the Roman Catholic Church is Tradition. The Church often uses this pillar of Tradition to validate its actions or to establish its own infallibility. One unspoken foundation that I feel is more essential, however, is that of Love. Love is what is taught in Scripture, another pillar of the Church, and should, therefore be the root of any traditions in the Catholic faith. By judging human actions or the spirit of God by cold laws enforced by the Church, w

Medieval Church History The Medieval period of the church was a time of growth and new understanding of the Christian faith. However this new birth of understanding did have disadvantages. Catholicism moved from focusing on God to helping to cleanse a nation of people. Inquisitions were used during the decline of the Roman Empire until the Spanish Inquisition's decline in the early 1800s. Both civil and church authorities can run an inquisition in order to root out non-believers from a

Modern Catholic writers, being no longer able to deny entirely the corruption of the Church which led to the Reformation, claim that the Popes detected such evil as there was and effected a complete internal reform independently of any pressure of Protestantism. It is one of the most bold or daring of the myths they impose upon their people under cover of their censorship. The names in the Myth, do not show up at all in history. The facts show that these few men began to draw up lists o

Book Review: Same Sex Unions in Premodern Europe by John Boswell The question of same-sex unions and their legitimacy in many different societies is a topic that has been hotly debated for centuries. One society in particular is pre-modern Europe. Noted author and historian Dr. John Boswell looks extensively at the topic of same-sex unions in his book Same Sex Unions in Premodern Europe. Dr. Boswell argues extensively in his book that the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches not on

History and Symbolism of the Celtic Cross There are many variations of the legends about the Celtic Cross. In modern times the ringed cross is sometimes a symbol of faith or to show ones Irish, Scottish or Welsh identity. An Irish Catholic priest might tell you that the circle on a Celtic Cross is a symbol of eternity that represents the unending love that God showed through Jesus' crucifixion. He might also say that the circle might show that through the crucifixion and resurrection Chris