Theology Essays & Term Papers

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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 is important to millions of Christians and Jews across the world and Gilgamesh is an epic story that

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 disturbing views the Promise Keeper's hold is that of male superiority. The Rev. Tony Evans, a Dallas

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 Biblical events synthesized with religious concepts from Michelangelo's contemporaries. These ideas inclu

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 Bible. One idea that was taken from the Bible was the "Judgment Day". This will be a day when Christ wi

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 great debate. The opinions concerning his birth, and consequently about the beginning of this

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, arguments may be made that other Near Eastern texts, particularly Sumerian, have had their influences

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 [Jesus] did not give in to temptation, nor violate the moral standards of God, nor was He inconsistent

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 whatever that person makes of it. Religion can be a persons assets, family, or other individuals or

name = Dustin Toll email = 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 shams. It is obviously something, like Myths, made to explain the world. But certain religions, such

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 to everything on the earth. They believed that when you died you became part of nature with everythin

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. These men were in a position that made them seek a higher being who would advise them and enable them t

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. That is the day that God returns to the world and grants entrance to Heaven to all who have believed

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 philosophy, that of the Church of Scientology. The name Scientology, as he created it, was derived from

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 eternal life in heaven. They are a pledge of the presence of the trinity of the father, son and holy sp

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 after this knowledge that you have acquired. I see the Christian Spirituality as a journey of life th

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 faith in Paul's teachings, justification through faith in Jesus Christ, and the circumcision of Gentile

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 in pieces; and no one had the strength to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and on the mount

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 education and raised him to fear God. Although Peter accused himself of wasting his youth, by the

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 task was to defend humankind against nature (Freud, pg. 19). It accomplished this by generating religi

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. As the Church grew, the Bishop could not come to all the Confirmations. Finally, the Church grew so

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's life and his religion together. It is beautiful in its simplicity, yet contains many levels of dep

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 God and live according to His Divinely revealed Law. The most important truth that God revealed to

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 political dogma. El Salvadorians were confronted by a structured society which neglected the division,

"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 elements which have undergone transubstantiation - a change in essence. Such transformation results i

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 spirituality. The Central Theme: Jesus' Love It was at this time that our Lord showed me spiritually ho

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 referents for this term. He most clearly defines gospel in historical terms: The gospel is, after

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 philosophical system, even an ide-alistic or panpsychistic one? This question, as formulated by Langdo

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 following questions form the framework for this inquiry: 1. How does the author see Jesus? 2. How doe

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. The appro-pri-ate pericope is Lev 19:1,2, 15-18. Sources/Traditions/Form Leviticus as a whole is

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 should be retained to clarify the antecedent. The proper ending for the pericope is 8:20, completi

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/Form Chapter 32 is ancient material, dating to the united monarchy, incorporated into Deuteronomy d

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 25:19-34. The pericope as selected is a well-defined and complete text consisting of introductory materia

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 practice and the criticism and suggestions noted in Making Sense, to the purpose of entering the dialog

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 scenario, the UPI reported that on January 1, 1980, "Thai pirates held 121 Vietnamese women and children

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 religion, a philosophy, and ideology, or even a cultural lifestyle. The philosophy itself

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. First is the story of the first man and woman, where God takes a rib from Adam, the man, and creates fro

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, observing every aspect. I believe the New Testament law and 4th or 5th century theologians inspired hi

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 of peoples who settled in that land. Zarathustra rejected the polytheism of contemporary Persian reli

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 web pages, newsgroups, forums, and e-mail. -------------------------------------------------------

"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 a life that would end in physical death in a hostile environment. Their sin was the beginning of si

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 heard that every time you say "Jesus" three times, it relieves some soul in purgatory. Pretty wonde

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 died about 222. The only story of his life we have is from someone who hated him and what he stood

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 scientific. One request that Chenu makes is for the reader to forget the definition of science as we comm

"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 derived from reasoning. It is man's attempt to justify what it holds to be true in faith. As humans

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. Revealed theology comes from such sources as the Bible and according to St. Thomas Aquinas gives us the

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 this to me. They know there is nothing that I could do about being born a Christian. Even though I wa

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 Black? First of all what's his color?" Cone would answer this question by stating that someone who

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”, Anselm began his dialectic argument to define the God as ‘something-than-which-nothing-greater-c

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 are not always going to get everything right. I also think that sometimes it is a process of trial

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 knowledge, for science, had to be taken seriously. Earlier theologians had proved the justification for re