Book Of Revelations
Millennial Views and the Book of Revelation
The Book of Revelations -- the final segment of the New Testament -- is a particularly contentious and divisive section of the Bible; considerable ambiguity exists surrounding whether to interpret the scripture literally or metaphorically, and the episodes described often seem especially fantastical. Moreover, the author's rhetoric leaves room for multiple interpretations, resulting in the reader drawing unverifiable interpretations. Acknowledging the caveat that there is no available method for arriving at a conclusive meaning for the Book of Revelations, this essay nevertheless adopts the literal, pre-millennial viewpoint, which states that the second coming of Christ occurs before the millennium. There are multiple reasons for this stance, each of which will be further elucidated throughout this paper; first, there is no reason to believe that what was written by John the Apostle was written in vain; second, the use of what…… [Read More]
Book Of Job and the Questions of Suffering
The Book of Job and the Question of Suffering
The religions of the ancient near East were mostly polytheistic. Its history spans more than two millennia, from the Bronze Age to the early Iron Age. There are various sub-religions that make up these religions of the ancient near east they include; Assyro-Babylonian religion, Canaanite religion, Egyptian religion, Minoan religion and many more. These religions had broad aspects that they share including purification and cleansing rituals, sacrifices, divination, polytheism and sacred prostitution, and they were centered on theocracies
This analysis will take an in-depth look and an exploration of the book of Job in the Bible. It will further look at the questions of suffering in the book. The book of Job was written by an unknown author, it is possible that it is the most ancient literary account in the Bible. It…… [Read More]
The book highlights the actions of the divine, rather than the actions of man.
However, if one takes the historical interpretation of the Book of evelation, the moral content is not lessened. It then stands as an example of what happens to one if they continue to act in a certain way. It is another example of God's punishment and wrath for those that do not obey his word. In this case the author would have been speaking about the many Gods and idol worship of the omans at the time.
Whether one takes a historic perspective or a futuristic perspective, the moral lessons of the Book of evelation remains intact. The intent of the author to change the reader's mind was cleat. This was not simply reading meant to entertain. One must also consider that the author would have had a limited readership at the time of his writing.…… [Read More]
Book v Market
Understanding Financial Concepts in the eal World: Book Value v. Market Value in MAKO Surgical Corp
Few economic events in recent memory have thrown the basic concept of book value vs. market value into sharper relief than the dramatic and ongoing changes in home prices across the country. Many homeowners found themselves "underwater" or "upside-down" on their mortgages, meaning that they owed more money for their homes than they were actually worth -- it was often more advantageous for these individuals to simply walk away from their homes and default on their loans. Yet how is it possible, one might wonder, for a home to be worth less than what was paid for it assuming it was still in the same basic condition? This is precisely where an understanding of the difference between book and market value becomes necessary, and where the frustrations of many homeowners truly…… [Read More]
Book of Psalms is a unique book of the Bible. More than any other book of the Bible, it is a personal testament of faith, an intimate communication between the author and his God. Its flowery, poetic style of writing sets it apart from most of the other books of the Old Testament. With the possible exception of Song of Songs, the book of Psalms is a series of lavish poems, full of descriptive terms and overflowing with the obvious passion that the author felt for his God. While the books preceding it in the Bible are books of law and books chronicling the prophets, and the books after it are stories of the trials and tribulations of the Hebrew people, the Book of Psalms is a book of personal declarations of faith. This paper takes a closer analytical look at the book of Psalms.
The book of Psalms has…… [Read More]
Book of Job provides some useful insights about the nature of man and God to people who find themselves asking one of the most ancient and common of human questions: "why do bad things happen to good people?" Both believers and nonbelievers often find themselves wondering at what seems to be the incredible randomness of horrific acts that occur to people who seem to be good, or innocent (like children, infants, and people who have devoted their lives to others). Many Christians find themselves wondering why God would inflict such terrible suffering on the world, if he is truly a kind and benevolent being who watches over the human race as his own children. They wonder if God is simply punishing the afflicted for their sins, tying to teach a lesson through the affliction of suffering, and even sometimes question whether God is truly a benevolent and kind entity. Suffering…… [Read More]
Book Smart vs. Street Smart
In "The Night in Question" by Tobias Wolff, the difference between "book smart" and "life smart" are evident. Book smart people have little common sense; they are often vain and live their lives as if they were fiction. They can be pedantic and put too much faith in words. Book smart means you may be able to understand and derive pleasure from words, but you might not do so well with real people, in real life situations. Life smart people are just the opposite. In one word, they are savvy. They have common sense, they understand things quickly, and they know how to choose their friends. Life smart people know when to keep quiet, and understand the boundaries of behavior. Book smart people may function well in academic and research environments, but they do not do well in real life situations, and they do not…… [Read More]
This lets us know that Christianity is not something that should be forced on us. Those receiving what Paul preached received it by faith.
Although times have changed the Book of Acts serves as a good foundation for Church government. Jesus was very clear in his instructions on what should happen after his resurrection. Many verses in books of the New Testament speak of this. He would not have been allowed to die on the cross and ascend to heaven had he not accomplished what the Father sent him here for. The apostle Paul and others were clear in their understanding of what the church should be.
Christians today should not stray from the teachings in the Book of Acts. Many things have changed throughout the years. We are no longer living in Biblical times, but the one thing that is certain is that the word of God will always…… [Read More]
In Chapter One, Carlzon discusses the overall business climate that
existed in the late 1980's and how his personal business strategies related
to his employees helped SAS to achieve such unprecedented success in the
airline business world. "In a changing business environment," says Carlzon,
"you can't wield total control from the top of the pyramid. You must give
people authority. . .They are the ones who can sense changes in the market"
and through providing employees with "security, authority and the right to
make decisions based on current market conditions," the CEO of any given
company places himself in "the best position to gain a competitive edge" in
not only the airline business but also other businesses which rely upon a
broad and happy customer base (38).
Throughout the rest of the book, Carlzon examines in-depth numerous
aspects of the business world which he feels affects the success or failure…… [Read More]
Book Of Acts
Does Acts offer a pattern for how Church government should be structured?
Actually, there is nothing this writer has found in Acts that specifically tells how to set up a church government. However, the establishment of a Christian church is explained in numerous accounts and passages. In Acts 2:38 Peter is telling his audience that if they repent, and agree to be baptized, they will be forgiven of their sins and "…will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." But just being relieved of one's sins, and accepting Christ as one's savior isn't an answer to how a church should be governed. The spiritual world and the physical world must come together for the Christian Church to be effective. And the Book of Acts does provide that guidance, according to Thom Rainer of the Green Valley Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.
Yes, Rainer admits, the Book of…… [Read More]
In the article, "Unlocking the Power of John's Gospel," ay Bystrom (2004) declares "John's Gospel is like a river in which a lamb may bathe and an elephant swim -- both shallow and deep at the same time. The new convert and the mature disciple will profit from a careful reading of John's Gospel." (Bystrom, 2004) The Gospel of John represents Jesus Christ as the Son of God and illustrated Christ's deity in an ideal picture. John vividly depicts the events he witnessed and gave an accurate character description of Jesus Christ. The purpose of the gospel of John is to inspire faith. Bain (2008) states, "The profound truth of Jesus, Son of God, is presented in simple language that a child can understand, but with a wealth of meaning that the learned cannot exhaust. The fourth gospel makes an excellent guide to the new convert." The Gospel of John…… [Read More]
To him be the glory forever! Amen." This is significant, because it shows that by accepting God into your heart you can be able to spend all of eternity in paradise. Regardless of what your occupation or social status would have been when you were living on Earth.
How secure is eternal life?
An eternal life with God is secure only if you are willing to accept God into your heart and ask for forgiveness for the different sins that you will commit. An example of this can be seen in Romans 4:13 -- 18 where it says, "It was not through law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. For if those who live by law are heirs, faith has no value and the promise is worthless, because law brings wrath. And…… [Read More]
However, he makes it equally clear that he feels no obligation to help Agamemnon's men.
Achilles' responses to all three ambassadors make it clear that he feels that Agamemnon has not treated him fairly or with respect. He feels like he has repeatedly put his life at risk and accomplished much as a warrior, only to be spurned by Agamemnon. Moreover, Achilles countered the arguments made by the ambassadors that his quarrel with Agamemnon was silly, since it was over a woman, with his counterargument that the entire Trojan War was over a woman. What is most remarkable is that the ambassadors and Agamemnon continue to refuse to see any merit in Achilles' responses. In fact, Diomed chastises Agamemnon for ever sending ambassadors to Achilles, saying, "you ought not to have sued the son of Peleus nor offered him gifts. He is proud enough as it is, and you have…… [Read More]
Book Of Ruth
Ruth, and God's apparent absence.
The Old Testament is filled with stories of mighty works between God and man. In supernatural ways, god seem intimately involves with his creation in order to reveal himself in their lives, and weave Himself into their history. Moses, Joshua, Abraham, and Elijah - these mighty leaders seem to be lead, or maybe pushed, to great deeds by intimate interactions with the creator of the universe. So when Ruth appears on the scene, and apparently lives a quiet and self determines life in the middle of what appears to be someone else's plans, where is God? Why is this person 'left to fend for herself' when God can be dramatically active in the lives of his people. Is she somehow less important? If so, why is her story included in the bible. Surely other people lived more inspirational lives than the Moabitess…… [Read More]
Book of Kings 9
FIRDASI: BOOK OF KINGS (SHAHNAMA)
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Firdawsi: Book of Kings (Shahnama)
hat are the pre-Islamic Iranian features of the story? How do they square with Islam?
The Book of Kings is written in Farsi, unlike the Quran. The Book of Kings celebrates the glory of pre-historical and early historical Persia through its kings. It begins with the legends. Iran is viewed as the fatherland, and the axis of the world. Zoroastrianism is mentioned, especially in the early legends. Firdawsi compares the Zoroastrianism to Islam, which in itself is blasphemous. Unlike the Quran, The Book of Kings is…… [Read More]
Book Of Samuel
Establishing a Monarchy
The Book of Samuel holds a plethora of information and history concerning the ancient Israelites and Canaan. "Jewish tradition, the Book of Samuel is a single volume; the SEPTUAGINT and the Latin translation, the Vulgate, divided it into two parts and that division was followed in printed Hebrew Bibles from the early 16th century" (Wigoder, Skolnik & Himelstein, 2002). The writings themselves comprise some of the oldest Hebrew manuscripts. The social and political climate discussed in the Book of Samuel was that of a young nation, establishment of monarchy, and a desire for stability. The Book of Samuel begins with Samuel's birth and after weaning, his life with priests. It is mentioned in the Book he assisted with religious services and heard three times the voice of the Lord. This prompted him to tell Eli of the words he listened to and enabled the…… [Read More]
God's promise had been enough for Moses when he doubted his ability to confront Pharoah: "Go and make disciples of all nations... And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:19, 20) But it wasn't enough for Gideon who went on and on with this questioning and despite consistent reassurances, kept doubting himself. Gideon is not only weak, he also lacks real faith. He didn't want to die which is strange because all chosen people are supposed to be fearless. Gideon on the other hand was very fearful and wanted to be reassured that he won't die. He was not even sure if the messages were coming from God so he asked for signs:
He demands a sign, and soon receives one that ought to have convinced the most sceptical mind in the world. But Gideon, the true ancestor of all…… [Read More]
military and National Guard career spanning more than four decades, Michael D. Doubler (2003) is highly qualified to chronicle the history and evolution of the National Guard. Doubler's (2003) analysis roots the National Guard in the original colonial militias, showing how colonial and then state militias morphed into a formidable and cohesive federal force. Although the author avoids political analysis or critique of the roles the National Guard has played, Civilian in Peace, Soldier in War does provide an ample outline of National Guard history. he book accomplishes more than a simple chronology, however. Doubler also details the function and readiness of National Guard in different situations.
he National Guard occupies a curious role in the American armed forces. hat role has also shifted dramatically over time, in response to factors like changing domestic needs, changing domestic policies and politics, and also changing international realities. Currently, the National Guard falls…… [Read More]
Christopher Wright's book
In contemporary times, many modern and post-modern Christian churches and denominations focus almost explicitly on deconstructing passages in the New Testament to reinforce the value of Jesus and his effect on Christianity. As such, there has been a dearth of emphasis on the Old Testament and its role in not only facilitating the New Testament, but also in influencing the life and position of Jesus as the Messiah. Christopher Wright, who holds a doctoral degree from Cambridge in Old Testament ethics and has authored a number of books related to the Old Testament's place in Christianity, has written another book that attempts to rectify this oversight. Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament focuses on the continuity between both testaments of the ible to demonstrate their collective impact on Jesus. The Christ did not operate in a vacuum; to the contrary, he was part of a lengthy lineage…… [Read More]
break all the ules": What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently?
The Book entitled as "First, Break All the ules; subtitles as: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently" was written by Buckingham, Marcus and Coffman, Curt who published the story in the year of 1999. In this action, they were able to raise public awareness regarding alternative solutions to bring back effective customer satisfaction with the guidance of role model managers that were responsible for giving back more responsibility for their proficient actions to guide employees. This book has been made to bring up statistical management planning activity that will help all managers to formulate effective business plan to help improve employee's performance in order to increase their level of productivity in an operating business establishment. The book has gained numerous recognitions due to the educational content that are helping academic students as well as business managers who wants…… [Read More]
Since its original release in 1999, Power in the Pulpit has become a classic in its field and one of the only credible texts of its kind. In Power in the Pulpit, veteran preachers and theology scholars Jerry Vines and Jim Shaddax focus on helping readers understand how to develop and deliver effective expository sermons: sermons that remain true to the core wisdom of the Bible and which explain Biblical truths to a congregation. Although social values, norms, and historical conditions change, the fundamental elements of expository preaching remain the same. The universal truths of the Bible can be incorporated into sermons that are relevant for a diverse, broad, and changing population, which is why Power in the Pulpit is as relevant in 2017 as it was two decades ago.
Power in the Pulpit is divided into twelve chapters, not including an introduction, conclusion, and appendices. An acknowledgements section details…… [Read More]
African-American: SUMMER SUN RISIN'
W. Nikola-Lisa, Author, Don Tate, Illustrator, illus. By Don Tate. 2002.
An Afro-American lad helps his parents to work on their farm, rather leisurely as they enjoy the gradual movement of the sun to dusk. The family creates time for some fun after a long day's work on the farm, including hoeing, milking the cows, tending hedges, among other tasks in the simmering heat of the day's sun.
A summer day is captured by the artistic expression of verses in colloquial and paintings on paper texture. The expression on the characters' faces depicts contentment and confidence. The manipulation of the views may be rather disturbing, but the images will surely capture the audience. The full-bleed works of Tate portrayed advantageously in the horizontal view of the book's format, stretch the expanse of the plains one bit more by portraying the horizon as an unmistakable…… [Read More]
1 What is the goal?
The goal of the company is to make money—plain and simple. Alex realizes this after Jonah asks him to think about what the goal of the plant is. The goal for Alex, given him by Bill Peach, is to make operations at the production plant profitable in three months time. This is quite a challenge considering the plant has been unprofitable and behind schedule for a good long while. The main challenge, as the author puts it, is not a problem of obtaining new smarts or intelligence, but rather the challenge of drumming up the courage to face the inconsistencies of life dead-on and to not look away from them. This is where the beginning of problem-solving begins to take place. No matter how many models one has or what level of education or what field of education, if one is not willing to look…… [Read More]
Essay: “The Elements of Character” – Family Research
1. Whom do you plan to write about? Why have you chosen this family member?
I plan to write about my elder brother. For purposes of this discussion, I will assign him the name Warren. I have chosen this family member for two major reasons. To begin with, he will be easily and readily accessible for this interview. Secondly, we tend to be really close and I have seen him struggle on various fronts in the past.
2. What do you already know about this person? What do you need to find about him or her?
I know that Warren is often passionate and focused in all the endeavors he sets his sights on. I also know that he is a hard worker and does not often give up on his dreams as long as he is convinced that there…… [Read More]
Cindy Chupack talks about dating, love and not dating in a hilarious way. She is honest, witty and totally charming in her book (Chupack, 2013). She discusses ‘relationship reruns’ – a point where you sober up and realize that the men you meet are no different from the ones you previously dated. She also talks about ‘relocationships’ – when you have to move place and live in an area you would have never imagined. Just like a post-date phone call late in the night, Dispatches from the Dating Front Lines is quite reassuring. It states, “…you may be single, but not the only one.”
Think of an individual who goes shopping, spends a lot of money and feels excited about the purchases made (Chupack, 2013). Later, the shopper feels guilty and regrets spending so much money on unnecessary things. That is how it goes with a dater’s remorse. Although some…… [Read More]
Each chapter provides sufficient entertainment material to draw the interest of lay people, while balancing this with a good amount of academic information for those who wish to study the country and its people. The narrative throughout the book is bound together well by starting each chapter with a narrative about Gloria or those who share her world. Another strong connecting factor is the quotation at the start of each chapter, which is relevant to the specific topic of the chapter as well as to the general ideas in the book as a whole. While these are excellent techniques, I think the structure of the chapters themselves could have been handled better by more consistently organizing the information in each.
One shortcoming of the book is the internal structure of each chapter, which can be haphazard in some cases, and also a lack of consistent focus on the laughter element.…… [Read More]
This report is based upon the book Titans of Takeover by Robert Slater. This book was originally published in 1987 by Englewood Cliffs, and then re-published and copyrighted in 1999 by Beard Books.
Introduction of the Author
The book Titans of Takeover was authored by Robert Slater, who is famous for his strong stand against President Ronald Reagan's attempts to make the U.S. marketplace a free economy by doing away with the Sherman and Clayton Antitrust Laws. He proved to America that although such a move would appear to yield immediate benefits by putting the nation's economy on the map against the vibrant economies that gave no room to antitrust laws, it would, to an equally large extent, produce devastating outcomes on the economy in the long run. Slater has authored a couple of other bestselling business books and authored several articles on the Wall Street Journal, in…… [Read More]
, pp.69-70.] [5: Ibid., p.85.]
The rather stern critique offered of Fee and Stuart herein should not indicate that this book is entirely without value, merely that its presentation in title and chapter headings is somewhat misleading. There is plenty of common sense in what Fee and Stuart are doing here, but the difficulty is that very often an intelligent decision on their part is mingled with an overall failure to highlight many of the most important issues involved in the interpretation of a iblical text. Their last chapter on Revelation indicates both the best and worst of their method. In some sense, Fee and Stuart are going to be on their most careful behavior in this passage, as the idiotic handling of Revelation by any heretic with a penchant for paranoia has been well-evidenced over the past two millennia. ut the history of this particular iblical book, such as…… [Read More]
Book of Judges defines the historical and period of events between the conclusion of Joshua and the commencement of the Prophet Samuel. The term "Judges" is in reference to the leaders raised by God to lead Israel in the early determinative years in Palestine. In times of crisis, these leaders arose and conserved the inexperienced nation. Although the leadership of Joshua led the people of Israel into the Land, there were not able to conquer all of the people at the time. Some of the people marked for destruction by God were conquered while making enemies of the ones who weren't.
The people of the Hebrew Tribes inhabited parts of the Land and began dwelling as a proto-nation that would later in time of the Monarchy, become Israel. The Book of Judges provides a somewhat vague synopsis a couple of key events during that period. The primary issue facing the…… [Read More]
Bethany Moreton's "To serve God and Walmart: The making of Christian free enterprise." (Harvard University Press, 2009)
Author Bethany Moreton's work provides an insight into Walmart's corporate history and its swift climb, within 50 years, from a little discount retail chain opened up by Sam Walton to an international retailing giant. The author goes beyond readers' expectations to include Walmart Country's religious, social, and cultural history (the term 'Walmart Country' would refer to its politically charged birthplace and surroundings of East Oklahoma, north-western Arkansas, and south Missouri). It is a place where the retailer's customers, supervisors and staff collaborate with missionaries, evangelical housewives, and pastors, within a doctrine of free enterprise and community service.
Moreton has penned an in-depth and captivating analysis of the popular global retail giant, America's largest private-sector employer, and the largest global public company. Through an elaborate case study, the author has effectively assimilated its cultural…… [Read More]
According to Pilarski (2007), "the financial situation of the airline industry, especially in the U.S.A., has been between disaster and catastrophe," (p. 3). Financial wizards like Warren Buffet have made "bombastic pronouncements" related to the economic illnesses of the airline industry (9). Dynamic entrepreneur ichard Branson, himself seduced by the desire to own an airline, has likewise stated, "How do you become a millionaire? Start as a billionaire, and then buy an airline," (cited in "In-Depth Drilldown Of The Airline Industry - Part 1, 2012). Airline companies operate with razor-thin profit margins, if any at all. Moreover, the situation was bad enough befofre but has grown worse since September 11. "Since 9/11, we've seen tremendous changes surrounding the airline industry: security, regulations, and operational costs. Overall, these variables have had tremendous, and far-bearing, negative impacts on the industry," ("In-Depth Drilldown Of The Airline Industry - Part 1," 2012).…… [Read More]
As a child and young adult, the "self-esteem movement" had very little bearing on my experiences or my education. I was a capable well-adjusted student, and I received a good deal of support from my parents and teachers. I felt comfortable in school and progressed without any issues, and while I was a solid student, I was never extremely noteworthy for either positive or negative reasons. I don't recall the adults in my life making any specific effort to teach me about "positive thinking," and as far as I can recall I had a natural comprehension for my own strengths and weaknesses, and did not associate my weaknesses as failures. For example, I was far better at reading and writing than math. I did not see my lack of math skills as a negative, but I simply grew more interested in subjects that involved reading and writing.
During…… [Read More]
Jonah uses the ocratic method to help Alex think differently about the problems he is experiencing in the plant. Jonah is not always available when Alex would like to connect with him, and after providing a little bit of information -- pivotal though it may be -- Jonah often leaves Alex hanging, presumably because Jonah knows Alex will rise to the occasion and puzzle it out. At periodic intervals throughout the book, Jonah and Alex talk about key points. These discussions are represented in the paragraphs that follow.
One of the first challenges that Jonah addresses with Alex is getting him to begin to think about what productivity is and how it is measured. Because of their conversation, Alex is able to think about what the company is measuring -- what it considers efficiencies -- and how this information is or is not related to the company goal. In particular,…… [Read More]
Bread and Roses
Watson's book deals with a period in America's labor history that most history books ignore, and it captures this period in a fresh, unforgettable manner.
he strike, in early 20th century New England, commenced on January 12, 1912 with textile workers storming out of a mill in Lawrence, Massachusetts. It engaged the attention of the International Workers of the World (IWW), also known as the Wobblies, and the American Federation of Labor, and, from thence, absorbed nationwide interest with charismatic and fearless veterans of other strikes involved. Replete with descriptions of unforgettable acts of cruelty, and the dedicated and inspiring acts of sacrifice of participants from fifty-one nations, with the inclusion of a protracted murder trial that centers around the issue of free speech, the Bread and Roses strike is a story that is as pertinent as ever.
hrough Watson's unforgettable prose, we are drawn into the…… [Read More]
The Book of Mark
According to Burton Mack's analysis of the synoptic gospels, A Myth of Innocence: Mark and Christian Origins, the Gospel of Mark was likely written in 70 CE in Syria. The Gospel of Mark tells the story of a Jesus who is not born in an overly divine fashion in the sense that it contains no story of Mary's impregnation by the Holy Spirit nor Jesus persecution by Herod. Nor does it contain an extensive Judaic linage of the figure of Jesus, or extensive sermons, like the book of Mark. Instead, it begins with Jesus' baptism as a teacher by the hands of John the Baptist.
According to Mack, the Jesus of Mark's envisioning is an angry, rather terse parable-teller and speaker of wisdom literature, designed to be obscure in meaning than easily understood. He is a man whom stands outside of conventional, Judaic society and…… [Read More]
American colonies can be divided into those in New England, those in the middle region of the country, and those in the South. The histories of each section were different, and though all were basically British by the time of the American Revolution, other European nations had founded or developed different parts of the New orld. New England was developed by the British and the Dutch; the South was settled by the British, Spanish, and French at different times. The image of the Puritans of New England has become emblematic of the colonial era for most Americans, though, and historian Michael Zuckerman describes the life of a community in Puritan New England in the eighteenth century in his book Peaceable Kingdoms (1970), pointing out the importance of the town meeting and other influences of the community as a whole that kept the peace and served as government, police power, and…… [Read More]
Christian Holy Bible known as Acts, many people who read Acts may feel or be inclined to believe that it is a book of historical record and fact. However, there are many theologians and scholars that do not look at the book this way and this report shall look at the work of Powell and Boring when it comes to this fact. There are many in the Christian faith that assert that the Holy Bible should be taken "as is" in terms of what it says and so forth but there are others that put forth a great amount of caution when it comes to this idea and they have specific examples when it comes to the same. While many Christians may be inclined to take the book of Acts at its word, there are many reasons why this is less than wise.
Straight off the top, Powell is…… [Read More]
Morality in Little omen
In Louisa May Alcott's Little omen, Josephine March is able to be moral despite the great pressures and responsibilities imposed on her by her gender, the economic and political circumstances of the time, her role as elder sister, and her immense creative talent. However, Jo is also notoriously stubborn, proud, and easily provoked to anger, vices that consistently challenge her moral resolve throughout her adolescence and early adulthood, but ultimately Jo is able to overcome these vices with the help of moral guidance given to her from her family and upbringing so that she matures into a humble, charitable, and temperate character, far more mature than the fiery character of her youth.
The first instance of Jo's vices getting the best of her is when she remains angry at Amy for burning her manuscript even after Amy apologizes. The next day Jo does not warn Amy…… [Read More]
Although many different themes populate Herman Hesse's novel Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair's Youth, in some way they all seem to relate to the concepts of spirituality, and to spiritual enlightenment in particular. In many ways, this novel functions as a spiritual journey for its protagonist, Emil Sinclair, who is guided by his close friend, confident and mentor Max Demian. While chronicling Sinclair's spiritual awakening, Hesse utilizes a number of passages that are emotionally intense in order to better demonstrate the overall significance of the spiritual implications of this story. A close examination of the text in Demian reveals that the author uses emotional language to issue a sense of excitement and enthusiasm in both the reader and in Sinclair to propel the latter towards the theme of spiritual enlightenment.
In many of the passages of this novel, there are concepts and characters that are referred to in…… [Read More]
ook of Margery Kempe is about late medieval English life. The central theme is not about simply a woman, but a woman thoroughly rooted in the world. She portrays the manners and the tastes neither of the court nor of the nunnery, but the piety, the culture, the profit-oriented values, and the status-consciousness of the late medieval town.
Margery's disengagement from conventional female roles and duties and consequently her daring rejection of the values of her fellow townspersons s a response to her growing commitment to her spiritual vocation. Her attempt to gain personal, financial, and spiritual autonomy is a tale of radical reversal that touches us on many different levels. Margery does what very few are able finally to do, and the fact that she does so as a woman enhances the force of her story.
Her story begins conventionally enough. She is married, soon thereafter conceives her first…… [Read More]
book of Matthew is theology. The book, written by an unknown evangelist, is dedicated to the truth of Jesus Christ as the son of the living God. It is without a doubt that the author believed the truth of the conception of Jesus Christ. Therefore, Matthew 1:16, 18-25 is clear about this conception. However, there are numerous views negating this belief. Brown, claims that it is unrealistic to believe in the virgin birth because it is not mentioned anywhere in the New Testament other than in Matthew and Luke. This, according to him, is an indication that it was a late invention or one proposed by the early church, because such a remarkable and relevant issue could have been mentioned by other New Testament writters. In addition, Campenhausen performed a survey of the theology of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ in the early church. He observes that the virgin…… [Read More]
Strangers in Their Own Land, Arlie Hochschild presents what she calls the "great paradox" of American society: why ultra conservatives vote against their best interests. By almost all accounts, red states are poorer economically, have much poorer health and educational outcomes, and a lower quality of life overall than blue states. That being the case, why would the reds continue to vote for the same platforms, even going so far as to make their situation potentially worse by voting in Tea Party candidates or the likes of Trump? The answer, according to Hochschild, is that conservatives tend to vote for emotional reasons. Because of its inherent irrationality, the great paradox cannot necessarily be resolved, as Hochschild points out. However, the great paradox can be understood with an empathetic viewpoint. Using empathy encourages understanding, which can in time tear down the cognitive and emotional barriers that create divisiveness and impede social…… [Read More]
Asia Was the World by Stewart Gordon
A Discussion of a Period in which Asia Thrived
For roughly a millennium, Asia represented on of the most advanced societies in the world at a time in which the West was undergoing a period which was later referred to as the "Dark Ages." China, by contrast, was a cultural and economic powerhouse in which religion, commerce, and intellectual capacities flourished. This contrast would have been readily apparent and enthralling to any individuals who visited the East from the West. Many people made the trip to the West to engage in trade and many of the merchant travelers kept a journal of their experiences visiting this culture. Stewart Gordon bases his work on the actual accounts of merchant travelers and people who lived and worked in the region. These personal accounts provide unique insights into the period in which "Asia was the World"…… [Read More]
The Nature of the Book Trade between China and France
In the past, it was apparent that the Chinese government’s approach to matters culture and art did not significantly differ from its stance on a variety of other factors that involved various internal affairs of the nation. However, while it may have exercised some control on the distribution aspect of culture and art, it has largely remained ineffective as far as control on the consumption front was concerned. In general terms literature has always been an important item of culture and art. In recent times, more and more current authors are exploring modern literature. Towards this end, geographical boundaries no longer act like a limiting factor. As a matter of fact, this is increasingly becoming a competitive frontier amongst contemporary authors. Chinese authors, who have been missing in action in this particular case, are catching up. In addition to…… [Read More]
Plot to Kill the President by George Robert Blakey. he paper attempts to define the weak and strong points of the book as well as define the theory that the author believes pertains to the assassination of John F. Kennedy in the 1960's. here was one source used to complete this paper.
he last four decades have been filled with discussions and theories about the assassination of American president John F. Kennedy. While some believe it was a plot planned and carried out by the government's own CIA others hold steadfast to the belief that the president was indeed killed by a lone gunman on the knoll that day. While these two theories are well-known and often discussed on talk shows as well as dinner parties there is another theory that is not as well-known but every bit as intriguing. he book by George Robert Blakey and Richard Billings titled…… [Read More]
Earth for Me
Sheehan, Susan. (1983) Is here No Place On Earth for Me? New York: Vintage Books.
When Benjamin Wilder reminisced recently about Sylvia's summer in Chicago, he said he could have tolerated Sylvia's presence in his house for a few more weeks if he had had to, but she was taking such a toll on him that he had asked himself whether it was his mission in life to make her behave acceptably. His answer to that question was no. He felt that if she had stayed with him much longer, he would have lost his mind." (Sheehan, 1983, 223)
he book Is there no Place on Earth for me? is an account of Sylvia Frumkin, a pseudonym used to identify the true identity of a young woman who began suffering from schizophrenia in her teens. Sylvia was institutionalized early in her illness, and spent much of her…… [Read More]
spiritual matters do so with an eye to explain spiritual matters in a way that is acceptable to modern man. For these authors, Jesus was a great man, but not the son of God. For this group, the early church was a group of misguided and overly enthusiastic groupies who needed a political leader with divine attributes, and the record of Jesus contained in the New Testament is nothing more than the embellished stories which they told each other in order to find comfort in their political and social misery. Not so for Dr. Stewart Custer. Dr. Custer's treatment of the Book of Acts in his book Witness to Christ is a biblically-based scholarly work which expounds on the record while honoring the identity of Christ as the Son of God, and God the son. For bible students who want to get to know the historical context of the early…… [Read More]
Mother to Mother by Sindiwe Magona. Specifically, it will critically analyze the book. The book "Mother to Mother" is a touching and elegant story of race relations and misunderstanding in South Africa. The author bases her book on a true incident, but looks at it from the eyes of a mother who loves her son but recognizes his inadequacies. It is a devastating look at apartheid, violence, and anger in a society long split between black and white. Well-written with emotion and pathos, it is a book that discovers the difficulties of reconciliation and continuing with life after the death of a loved one.
This emotional book looks at both sides of a young white woman's murder in a black township in South Africa. The book begins with the haunting line "My son killed your daughter" (Magona 1), and that line grabs the reader from the beginning, and makes them…… [Read More]
orse Than atergate: The Secret Presidency of George . Bush, by John . Dean: Implications for Modern American Education
The book orse Than atergate: The Secret Presidency of George . Bush, by John . Dean (Little, Brown, 2004) has as its central theme the excessive secrecy of what Dean calls the "Bush-Cheney presidency (xi) or the "Bush and Cheney presidency" (21)since, according to Dean, Cheney, not Bush, often makes key decisions. Dean asserts that "in many ways it is a co-presidency" (11), with Bush as the front man, and Cheney, being the actual decision-maker, preferring the shadows. Both men are excessively secretive, and their secretiveness, argues Dean, threatens democracy, liberty, and public accountability, and also encourages incompetence by allowing Bush and Cheney to escape public scrutiny (185-88). Moreover, Dean portends the potentially harmful effects the Bush-Cheney presidency has had, and may continue to have, on the rights and protections of…… [Read More]
Mama Might Be Better off Dead
For the past several decades, health care reform has been on the top of the political lip service agenda. Presidential candidates debate heatedly over which types of Medicare or Medicaid reforms should be instated and purport to want "universal health care." They call out for assistance to low-income families and claim that no American citizen should go without health care services. Yet through all their platitudes one thing remains painfully clear: they really just don't care. Not only has little been done to ensure that every American, regardless of race, receives the best health care services available but the situation seems to be getting worse as the income disparity gap widens with every successive year. In her 1993 book Mama Might be Better Off Dead, Laurie Kaye Abraham illustrates the impact of America's failing health care system by focusing on one family. The Banes'…… [Read More]
alarm clock will break and so you'll oversleep. When you do wake up, you will burn your lips, tongue and liver on your coffee. Your car will refuse to start, and when it does you will discover that one of your tires is flat. While changing your flat tire you will be bitten by a black-widow spider. Just as you arrive at the emergency room, the nurses will go out on strike. A small earthquake will then strike, crushing your car in the hospital garage. You will develop gangrene after you leave the hospital without being treated - but not before a bicyclist runs into you as you walk home, knocking you down and breaking your glasses.
Okay, maybe we haven't all had days that were exactly this bad, but sometimes they come close - which is no doubt one reason that many people are so attracted to conspiracy theories.…… [Read More]
Crossfire by Jim Marrs is an encyclopedic collection of information about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. As a trained journalist, Marrs fills the more than six hundred pages of his book with details both commonly known and potentially revelatory. Virtually every conspiracy theory ever applied to the assassination is examined along the supporting and disproving evidence.
The biggest problem with this book is the sheer amount of information it provides. There are so many minute details covered, it is easy to loose sight of the big picture. For instance, regarding the pace of the motorcade through Dealey Plaza, Marrs offers the following:
The [Presidential] party had come to a temporary halt before proceeding on to the underpass." Phil Willis (p. 24)
A]fter the third shot, I heard Roy Kellerman tell the driver, 'Bill, get out of line.' And then I saw him move, and I assumed…… [Read More]
Discussing "The Deputy" by Rolf Hochhuth is perhaps one of the most difficult tasks ever and I would consider it almost as difficult as discussing Niezsche's "Antichrist" or any other controversial works, modern, contemporary or from any past period of time.
It is not easy discussing a book that accuses a pope, representative of Christ on Earth, of tolerating genocide and ethnical purification, of tacitly approving them and of thus being part to one of the most terrible and tragic things humanity has been forced to witness throughout its history. Indeed, modern culpability has been, in some way or another, been associated with the extermination of the Jews during the Second World War. Over 6 million Jews have died during that period. The number itself is overwhelming, however, we also need to consider that this came as a result of a systematized and concerted process of extermination. Over 25…… [Read More]
Villasenor, Victor. Rain of Gold, 1991.
What time period does this book cover? What historical events are referenced in the story?
The book takes the reader through three generations of a Mexican-American family, beginning with the early part of the 20th century, chronicling the Mexican Revolution to the end of Prohibition. As it is a memoir, it also contains references of the author's present day.
Describe and compare the birthplaces of both Victor's mother and his father? What unusual event took place when Lupe was conceived?
Juan Salvador was born in Mexico but soon fled the nation because of the revolution. When he was a child, he found himself going to work in the mines of Arizona. Lupe was born in a mine in Mexico, where significantly gold was discovered.
Who was Lupe's first love and why? How young was she when she met him?
Lupe was still a schoolgirl…… [Read More]
Cheaper by the Dozen
The autobiographical book Cheaper by the Dozen was written in 1949. Since then, it has been reprinted numerous times, most recently in 2003. The book, written by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. And Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, two of the twelve children of Frank and Lillian Gilbreth, is about Frank Jr. And Ernestine's recollections of growing up, in the company of ten other siblings and two high-powered engineers as parents, in a huge house in Montclair, New Jersey, around the turn of the 20th century. Much of the humor within this book is because the father of this huge family, Frank, is a good-hearted man who loves his twelve children and their antics, but is also an engineer (as is his wife Lillian) by profession, and an "efficiency expert." Frank Sr. likes to believe problems and conflicts can be solved in a sort of mechanical way, and sometimes…… [Read More]
City and Country in 'The Prince of Tides'
William Shakespeare's comedies often differentiate between the staid, political atmosphere of the court and the city, and the raucous carnival atmosphere of the forest and the countryside. Often, characters will escape the court to the forest to explore their inner depths and their passions. The result is a dichotomy that permeates several of his plays: even from close textual analysis of one passage in a Shakespeare comedy, the reader is able to discern whether the scene takes place in the court or in the forest.
There is a similar breakdown in Pat Conroy's "Prince of Tides." Scenes and flashbacks switch between New York City and the low-country in South Carolina. Like in Shakespeare's comedies, "Prince of Tides" also makes it very easy to discern exactly where each scene is taking place. In a novel of violence, deception and denial, the low-country in…… [Read More]
Money in Aviation: An Examination of Support
The history of American flight is generally one of pride and wonder. Historical figures associated with the first airplanes are generally revered by history books and society as a whole. These are figures like the Wright brothers, Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh and others who most agree made a positive impact on human life and symbolize a leap of mankind towards advanced technology and increasing modern times. Modernity. Technology. These are all things that airplanes and flight represent to Americans and they're widely viewed as things which have improved life on this planet for the better. This begs the question as to why the airline industry still remains one of the most volatile, low (or no) profits business around. The book, Why We Can't Make Money in Aviation, by Adam M. Pilarski, seeks to both scrutinize and illuminate the general failure of the airline…… [Read More]
Article Analysis in Relation to the Nature of the Book Trade between Europe and China
Written by T.P. Yang, The New Book Trade in Shanghai, is an amazing article that attempts to define the roots and growth of the new book trade establishments in China. Appearing in The China Weekly Review, the article not only highlights the factors that contributed towards the said growth, but also the reasons for the depression in sales during the previous year (1930), and the various approaches that merchants adopted in an attempt to remedy the situation.
In relation to the factors that contributed towards the growth of the new establishments, the author highlights five key points. These include; the growing demand from the reading public, the opening of outfits keen on spreading propaganda, the profit potential of the sector, the need to offer an alternative to the rigid processes of earlier entities, and the…… [Read More]
Ruth: The Evil Convert?
The book of Ruth is relatively unique in the Bible, or so it appears, because it alone of all the Old Testament books encourages racial harmony, intermarriage, and the production of half-breed children. Of course, Ruth is a convert to Judaism and is often among Jewish scholars presented as a perfect example of a proselytized individual. Despite this, she is still special among the Old Testament heros (or heroines) because she is presented both as a foreigner and as a righteous woman. Even Rahab, that famous prostitute from Jericho whose actions saved Joshua and allowed him to lead his people to destroy her city (killing every man, woman, and little child with the exception of her family), is not presented as being truly admirable. Rahab's actions are tainted by a certain fallenness, and there is certainly no sense that upright Jewish girls should seek to follow…… [Read More]
Justice ithout Trial
The author and professor of criminal justice, Jerome Skolnick, argues in his book entitled Justice ithout Trial: Law Enforcement in Democratic Society, that the first line of defense in the protection of personal safety and property any democratic society is that of effective law enforcement. However, the police form not a human line of protective and retributive justice, as they ideally should, but instead have created and fucntion as a subculture with little respect for other institutions of justice in the nation, such as trial by jury and presumptions of innocence. Instead, Skolnick states that even in allegedly democratic America, justice takes place without a trial, in the eyes of the prejudices of a policeman when they see a supposed perpetrator in the night. The presumption of guilt in the heart of the policeman, rather than the objectivity of a judge becomes the most compelling determinant of…… [Read More]