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Paul and James Theology

Words: 577 Length: 2 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 96538645

The positions of Hartin and Zetterholm regarding the notion of Paul and his relationship to precepts of faith and works are not one in the same. Each author is discussing respective facets of Paul's theology. The former is comparing Paul's conception of the value of works and faith with that of James. The latter is simply recounting Paul's purported opposition to the Torah, which is partly based on his esteem for faith. Thus, the positions of the authors are not synonymous because they are elucidating different facets of Paul's theology.
Nonetheless, there are poignant similarities found within their arguments (and within their conclusions in particular) that are impossible for the diligent erudite to eschew. Zetterholm ends his piece by stating that there are new interpretations of the very period during which Paul was writing, spanning from approximately "200 BCE to 200 CE" (Zetterholm, 2009) which evince the fact that there…… [Read More]

References

Hartin, P. (2003). James. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press.

Zetterholm, M. (2009). Approaches to Paul, A Student’s Guide to Recent Scholarship. Minneapolis: Fortress Press,


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How Religions Use Symbols

Words: 1566 Length: 5 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 36329973

Sociology of Religion
1) Why are some people resistant to scientific approaches to studying religion?
Some people may be resistant to scientific approaches to studying religion because of their mistrust of the scientific process. It should be remembered that the scientific process really rose to prominence in opposition to the Church during the High Renaissance and after, eventually giving way to the Enlightenment Age, in which faith was marginalized and emphasis on naturalism given prominence in society. Therefore, religious people may view scientific approaches with some suspicion because they feel that religion is a matter of faith and not something that should be undermined by scientific inquiry.
However, faith rests upon reason and reason can be moved by scientific inquiry. Science is there to support the truth. Science can be used to show that something miraculous has occurred (as there will be no scientific explanation of the miracle, thus pointing…… [Read More]

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Salvation on Sand Mountain

Words: 1295 Length: 4 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 21706911

Finding Faith in Salvation on Sand Mountain
The Big Issue
Salvation on Sand Mountain by Dennis Covington is a work of non-fiction that sets out initially to objectively describe a time and place—the rural South in the early 1990s, specifically the part of the rural South in which snake-handling is practiced by Christian sects. What begins as an objective exercise in describing this peculiar region and its religions practices quickly becomes a personal exercise in reflection and faith. The author becomes so immersed in the world of snake-handling that he himself becomes one. The book thus follows in the genre of the documentary filmmaker Ross McElwee, who pioneered the aesthetic/experiential form of non-fiction filmmaking by setting out to document a time and place but ultimately turning the camera on himself and his own experience of it. Covington does the same in his book, and the end result is that the…… [Read More]

References

Covington, D. (2010). Salvation on Sand Mountain. NY: Da Capo Press.


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How Should We Then Live Francis Schaeffer

Words: 1328 Length: 4 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 48550403

Purpose of Text and Intended Audience
Written for a Christian audience ill at ease in the dominant culture, Francis Schaeffer traces European or “Western” civilization through a Biblical lens. The purpose of the text is twofold. One of the main functions of the text is to provide an alternative view of history and of Western civilization. While European history can never avoid direct discussions of the role religion has played in matters of identity construction and state-building enterprises, Schaeffer takes the discussion to a whole new level. For Schaeffer, Western history and culture has evolved either towards a Biblical worldview or antithetical to that worldview. A second major purpose of Schaeffer’s text is to offer readers solace, encouraging them to deepen their faith and forge ties with the Christian community that is likewise at odds with the modern world. Intended audiences are squarely Christian, specifically leaning evangelical, and socially conservative.…… [Read More]

References

McVicar, M.J. (2015). Christian Reconstruction. UNC Press.

Schaeffer, F.A. (2005). How Should We Then Live? L’Abri 50th Anniversary Edition. Crossway.

Williams, D.K. (2015). The partisan trajectory of the American pro-life movement. Religions 6(2): 451-475.