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How Gertrude the Great Saw Christ

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Gertrude of Helfta
Gertrude’s experienced relationship with the incarnate Christ was like that of a child seeking a support. She was a young nun at the time and confesses that she had built up a “tower of vanity”[footnoteRef:1] within herself and that Christ came to tear that tower down so that He could make room for himself. In the first apparition, she wanted to reach and touch Christ, whom she described as the most beautiful of all persons ever seen, but she could not touch Him because of some obstacle that was in the way. She saw that this obstacle was her sins and her attachment to things of the world. In order to fully experience union with God, she had to rid herself of these attachments and empty herself of her vanity and pride. [1: Gertrude of Helfta. The Herald of Divine Love 1 Translated by Margaret Winkworth. Classics…… [Read More]


Gertrude of Helfta. The Herald of Divine Love 1 Translated by Margaret Winkworth. Classics of Western Spirituality Paulist Press, 1993.

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LGBTQ Youth in the United Methodist Church

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The United Methodist Church (UMC) is a mixture of being rooted in the traditions of the Christian experience and being grounded in the here and now. For an LGBTQ youth, the church’s outlook can be frustrating and confusing. How a good pastor responds to the feelings of this youth can be a determining factor in the extent to which the relationship blooms and flourishes or wilts and dies. The church pastor is there to set the example and serve as the voice of the UMC. Therefore it is important to consider this case study in detail to discover what is at the heart of the youth’s feelings and how the youth might best prepare for whatever may come with the UMC.
The Particular Experience
In this case, an LGBTQ youth came to the UMC looking for guidance. The youth was anticipating a welcoming reception, comfort, support and acceptance. She…… [Read More]


Agnew, R. “Strain Theory.” In V. Parrillo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of social problems. (pp. 904-906). Thousand Oaks: SAGE, 2008..

Cohen, Jonathan, ed. Educating minds and hearts: Social emotional learning and the passage into adolescence. Teachers College Press, 1999.

Huitt, W. (2011). A holistic view of education and schooling: Guiding students to develop capacities, acquire virtues, and provide service. In Revision of paper presented at the 12th Annual Conference sponsored by the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), Athens, Greece.

Ritter, Chris. “Augustine, Luther and the Inward Curve.” https://thegospelmatters.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/speaking-of-sin-luther-augustine-and-the-inward-curv/

Stoneking, Kristin. \\"Beloved Community In the UMC.\\" Fellowship 81, no. 1-6 (2017):10.

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Sociology of Religion Resistant Towards Scientific Approaches to Studying Religion

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For grasping religion and science’s scope, besides the connection existing between them, it is imperative to acquire, at a minimum, a general idea of what entails religion and science. In any case, the two concepts aren’t invariably rigid terms having definite meanings. In fact, both words coinage dates back to the recent past and their meanings differ for different cultures and eras. Two centuries ago, the word “religion” was seldom utilized. Aquinas and other medieval era writers interpreted religion as prayer or piousness; besides orthodoxy, no other “religious” systems was ever conceived of (Harrison 2015). “Religion” as a term garnered its significantly more wide-ranging present meaning owing to initial anthropologists’ efforts.
Further, the word “science”, as employed presently, became widely known and utilized during the same century. Earlier, “science” as we know it was represented by a different name – experimental philosophy or natural philosophy. Only in the year…… [Read More]


Bashour, B., & Muller, H. D. (2013). Contemporary philosophical naturalism and its implications. Contemporary Philosophical Naturalism and its Implications (pp. 1–199). 

Carroll, S., (2009). Science and Religion are Not Compatible. Retrieved 13 November, 2017 from http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/cosmicvariance/2009/06/23/science-and-religion-are-not-compatible/#.Wgl7BJc2e00

Carroll, S. M. (2005). Why (Almost All) Cosmologists are Atheists. Faith and Philosophy, 22(5), 622–640.

Clark, K. J. (2014). Religion and the sciences of origins: Historical and contemporary discussions. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014

Clouser, R. (2006). Prospects for Theistic Science. Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 58(1), 2–15.

Dutch. S. (2011). Why Science Cannot Address the Existence of God, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. Retrieved 13 November, 2017, from https://www.uwgb.edu/dutchs/PSEUDOSC/GodExist.htm

Forrest, B. (2000). Methodological Naturalism and Philosophical Naturalism. Philo, 3(2), 7– 29

Garwood, C. (2008). Flat Earth: The History of an Infamous Idea. 2008 New York: St. Martin\\'s Press

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The Reversals of Fortune in Luke With Mary

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One of the most quintessentially Christian messages is related to the reversal of fortunes, to the exultation of the poor and the demotion of the rich and powerful. The story of Mary and her annunciation embodies the great reversal, which is as tangible and concrete as it is spiritual in nature. In Luke especially, the reversal provides meaningful instruction in how to prepare for God’s judgment. Luke describes the story of Mary and Elizabeth, especially with the “choice of Mary” as an “example of God’s preference for those who do not enjoy abundant prosperity,” (p. 463). However, these passages can be broadly misunderstood and misinterpreted. Luke is not suggesting necessarily that God actively scorns the wealthy. God’s mercy is boundless and infinite. What these passages about fortune reversals imply is that “in an unjust world, the form this universal love takes differs according to circumstance,” (p. 266). The wealthy and…… [Read More]

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The First Council of Nicaea

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The First Council of Nicea established and solidified the fundamentals of Christian theology as well as outlining the organizational structure of the Catholic Church. Among the most pressing issues discussed at the Council was the nature of Christ being “consubstantial,” of the very same substance, as God the Father, and yet who “became human” for the good of humanity. Known thereafter as the Nicene Creed, the concept of the Holy Trinity as spiritual unity—with Christ as equal to the father and differentiated solely in Christ’s role as redeemer--remains a fundamental Catholic tenet and one embraced by many other branches of Christian faith. The need to resolve the debate over the nature of Christ was in part precipitated by Arius and expressed in doctrines claiming that Christ was “created,” as if out of nothing. According to the Council, it would have been impossible to “create” Christ out of nothing because Christ…… [Read More]

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Cassian and the Conferences

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There are various types of prayer that can be used to connect with one’s beliefs and a higher power. These types of prayers allow people a variety of ways to worship and feel unified with God. Cassian in his work (Conferences), expounds on prayer and connecting via the highest form of prayer. Evagrius in a similar fashion has the same kind of desire to explain what such a prayer would entail and does so not just by verbalizing it, but by living it. This essay will briefly reflect on the various types of prayer and how the highest form of prayer can be performed according to Evagrius.
The first type of prayer is blessing and adoration or what some call worship. This kind of prayer is about acknowledging one’s dependence on God and exalting God. Another kind of prayer is prayer of petition. This is where people ask God for…… [Read More]

‘Essential knowledge’ is what can be read and learned in the Bible. Evagrius had a daily routine that allowed him to absorb and become well versed in essential knowledge. “His work and other exercise was accompanied by the recitation of biblical texts. When copying he would have meditated on the text he was writing: when doing other kinds of manual labor, he could recite from memory” [footnoteRef:3] This kind of routine can be seen as the highest form of prayer because it is putting into practice the idea of becoming one with God. If becoming one with God is absorbing the ‘essential knowledge’ and one performs such a task each day, that is the physical and literal representation of prayer. [3: Columba Stewart, \\\\"Imageless Prayer and the Theological Vision of Evagrius Ponticus,\\\\" Journal of Early Christian Studies 9, no. 2 (Summer 2001): 185, doi:10.1353/earl.2001.0035.]

In conclusion, prayer is a powerful means of connecting with God. There are various ways to pray to God. Some of which can be considered the highest form of prayer because one is gaining the ‘essential knowledge’ to connect with God.

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Religion and Selflessness

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Religion and Selflessness

In “Homo Religiosus,” Armstrong presents the idea that people need to believe in God to make sense of their own lives, to order their lives, and to give their lives meaning.  She argues that this is a very ancient idea and that people should be used to this need by now because it is not going away and is unlikely to ever go away.  Nelson suggests, however, that our consciousness is not necessarily linked to our desire or ability to “do better.”  Nelson points out how reality TV watchers find the horrific and the brutal to be “great to watch”—and she cites a number of examples to prove it:  from To Catch a Predator to Shattered and Unbreakable.  These programs show that people are no different from the days of the Gladiators:  they still want to watch others suffer and be tormented—it stimulates them and entertains them…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Armstrong, Karen.  “Homo Religiosus.”

Nelson, Maggie.  “Great to Watch.”

Thurman, Robert.  “Wisdom.”