"Prominent Americans viewed the prince's trip as an opportunity to showcase the country's brightest thinkers and shrewdest capitalists, and to flex its developing imperial muscle" (Abbott, 73). Having set the stage brilliant vis-a-vis the official nature of the prince's visit -- and mentioning the recent American acquisitions (Hawaii and Puerto Rico) to give an international political perspective -- Abbott further raised the stakes and value of the prince's visit to the Everleigh Club. The author notes (74) the American superstars of business (J.P. Morgan, Adolphus Busch, and Charles Schwab) and the world famous American inventors (Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison) that the prince was introduced to in New York City prior to his Chicago visit.
As well crafted as Abbott's build-up to the prince's attendance at the Everleigh Club is, it pales in comparison to the "slipper sipping" of champagne and the other wild goings-on at the club (76-77).…… [Read More]
Yes, she had a motive, she was abused. But what are all the facts of the case? Did she lie in her testimony? hy was she repeatedly denied clemency? Did she really suffer from BS? On a side note, her own trial attorney, Theodora Poloynis-Engen, admitted that she thinks she did not suffer from BS (Hastings, 1993).
One has to ask these questions because BS is seen as an excuse to justify and rationalize violence. And to a society that promotes the principle that violence is not (never) the answer, the idea that violence can be permissible under certain conditions is a subversive force that can lead to a slippery slope of tolerance to, and acceptance of, violent acts. Sin by Silence does not investigate these larger implications in enough detail, then again, and maybe it doesn't need to. Its main message is clear enough, silence in the face of…… [Read More]
Interestingly, his daughter Pearl is also the physical manifestation -- or at least the most incarnate presence -- of his redemption. It is after she kisses him that he dies, in a strange reversal where the sin, i.e. Pearl, shows her acceptance of the sinner, and the understanding this imparts to Dimmesdale frees his soul. It is not quite the happy redemptive ending the reader might feel he deserves, but after his years of torment it might actually be the biggest reward he could ask for.
Hawthorne uses Chillingsworth, too, to show another aspect of the relationship between sin, acceptance, and redemption. Chillingsworth ever even admits to himself that he has sinned -- he lives his life seeking only revenge, which is to say he lives his life only in the purpose of sin. When this purpose is thwarted by Dimmesdale's public confession and death, Chillingsworth quickly withers away and…… [Read More]
Men are reportedly involved in different offensive and aggressive acts, which are deplorable and condemnable. The mankind has contributed significantly towards the social, political and economic growth of any particular region, but if the progress is evaluated critically, we observe that the progress achieved is much less than what the potential of the individuals can offer. So where do we lose our abilities, the abilities and qualities of people are lost, because of the involvement of the mankind into different argumentative sessions, which delays and curtail the progress and its scope.
The human social system has varied geographically, but the essence remains the same. Irrespective of the geographical affiliation, we have observed that people with different background are involved in such actions which are cause of distraction from the main purpose and objective. Often, we experience such situations in the business activities and politics, where individuals end up with differences…… [Read More]
His murders appear to be the retribution for the sinners. The movie shows through the personage of Somerset, a detective, that the hope and the belief in virtue in the heart of people, especially experienced people, is almost gone. The sins are progressing so fast that even people who may seem innocent are guilty, too. A clear example can be observed through the death of Mill's wife in "Seven." The misdeeds of the contemporary society can hardly fit in the Circles of Hell that Dante introduced.. All of the seven capital sins are so common that it can undermine the faith in everything. Several sins are the most well spread among people nowadays: pride, the prototype of all the other sins, greed, gluttony and envy. People become proud of being who they are, wearing the clothes they are wearing, they do not share with the ones that are in need,…… [Read More]
Q1 Give reasoned arguments for why you believe the concept of sin is diminished in the public square. Provide supporting evidence for your arguments.
Given the increased focus on individualism in our culture, the idea that any personal choice is a sin makes many people profoundly uncomfortable. The concept of sin suggests that there are eternal truths which must be obeyed and to deviate from them is absolutely wrong. Contemporary secular culture is much more relativistic and many people do not believe that very many things are wrong in an eternal, moral sense, so long as they do not immediately hurt other people. That they may hurt the person committing the sin or that they may have long-term harms for others is ignored.
Q2. Identify one area in society (the public square) where the concept of sin is eroding.
One area in society in which the concept of sin is…… [Read More]
The human problem that religious traditions attempt to solve
eligion is one of the oldest human activities that have ever existed since man started interacting with each other. With interaction, there are bound to be challenges coming up between the people involved and concerns of what is the wrong thing or the right thing to be done in such circumstances. This is where the issue of sin and ignorance comes up and in order to well explain and define these, religion is evoked. This shows that religion and man has been growing hand in hand from historical times and as times go by, there are different forms that religion takes within different societies. Indeed it is religion that separates us and sets us apart from the other living species on the earth.
eligion exists to solve a given range of problems and the most fundamental one is the…… [Read More]
There is no judgment from God on the believer, nor annoyance with God in respect to the believer -- neither in the last day nor today.
From a familial aspect, God is significantly displeased with our behavior and punishment is sure -- either from God or from our own consequences of that sin. One could look at David's prayer of repentance in Psalm 51 to see the devastating effects of sin in his life. In addition, almost all references to the law of sowing and reaping are addressed to God's people -- not to the world. (Numbers 32:23, Galatians 6:7-8). Colossians 3:25, "ut he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons."
Furthermore, God cannot wipe away the possibility of sin. To do so would be to wipe away our free wills. He would have to make it impossible…… [Read More]
Fundamental Option vs. Traditional View of Mortal Sin
This paper explores the fundamental option of mortal sin compared to the traditional view. The traditional view of mortal sin has always looked at certain sins as leading to death. They separate the individual from God. Among these include sins like lust, pride, gluttony, greed and the like. These sins may be absolved through reconciliation to God. In modern times however, the fundamental option is introduced, which presents the idea that such sins are not mortal sins, unless the individual committing the sin rejects God entirely. There are many that accept this option, some under the premise of the New Covenant, stating love removes all sin, or that human beings are not responsible for certain individual choices they make. Pope John Paul II claims however, that such an option is heretical in nature and that only by fully choosing to…… [Read More]
There are several women in the crowd who turn out to see her public humiliation that feel Hester should have been punished with death, instead of the letter on her chest. As time goes on, some of the townspeople start to realize that Hester really is a good person, and while she may have sinned, she is not the only one to ever have done so. In one instance, when Hester first begins to see that some people may have sympathy toward her, Hawthorne says "ut sometimes, once in many days, or perchance in many months, she felt an eye -- a human eye -- upon the ignominious brand, that seemed to give a momentary relief, as if half of her agony were shared" (Hawthorne, p. 1293).
In this passage, Hawthorne is not only showing that people had sympathy for Hester, but that she had sympathy for them. If the…… [Read More]
While I am tempted to think that nobody will find out about it, one of the things I should remember is my relationship with God, which is of great importance to me. If I give in to temptation, I damage my relationship with God, like Adam and Even did. By externalizing the temptation, they sinned. If I were to give in to the temptation of cheating on my taxes, I would also externalize the thought to do so, and therefore sin in both thought and action. This would damage my relationship with God.
The temptation is however very strong, driven by the dual factors of time and that nobody would probably find out. On the other side of the argument, the potential damage to my life as a Christian is a strong driving factor to not let the sinful thought become external and enter into the reality of my life.…… [Read More]
Bullying is a terrible act that inflicts pain and damage on the victim. Victims may feel a need for revenge. There are times when people that are bullied wish to harm others and that is not what God wants or desires for the person. Jesus Christ absolved everyone of Original Sin by dying on the cross. Does one think that Jesus Christ wants revenge on those that tortured Him? Jesus and God wish for people to forgive and let go of the pain and darkness that overwhelms the soul when pain is inflicted upon it.
Leviticus 19:18 ‘You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD.’ (Carroll & Prickett, 2008). Such a quote from the Bible teaches that people must love one another. The point of living is to live…… [Read More]
The problem of evil refers to the existence of evil in the world. If God is good, why does He permit evil to occur? Ivan takes the question a bit further by putting it this: he can understand evil happening to those who deserve it, who are not good—but why would a good God allow evil to be visited upon a child? It is what Adams refers to as “horrendous evil” (26)—evil so bad and so uncalled for and so unnecessary that it seems beyond rationalizing, beyond justification, and beyond any type of explanation for how a good Being Who cares for His creation could possibly sit by and watch and allows such horrendous evil—such as the torture of an innocent child to occur. Yet, Christians should not be shocked by the suffering of child—the Slaughter of the Innocents marked the first instances of death wrought by the Incarnation (Matthew…… [Read More]
Marcella identifies as an able-bodied person and because she has a sibling with a disability she believes she must also identify as a person of privilege because she can walk around on her own two feet while her disabled sibling cannot. I believe that Marcella is suffering from sort of socially-induced guilt complex—as if she has to feel guilty for being able-bodied, which I think is nonsense. I am tired of people accusing themselves of privilege as though they should feel guilty about being who they are. This is absolutely ridiculous and I wish it would stop. Marcella does not have to feel ashamed of being able-bodied just because others are disabled. There is no guilt in being able-bodied. I would never consider myself as a person of privilege because I am able-bodied. Maybe it’s because I’m African-American, but I think this privilege “talk” is way too politically correct and…… [Read More]
Morality is not a cookbook that one can follow in a step-by-step fashion.
This is a potent reply to people who often ask, 'why cannot I be good, without Christ,' or without even a sense of a constant, steadfast, personal ethical system. hen ministering to others, frequently one is asked: 'but can't I just follow the golden rule?' Although there is some truth to the importance of simply doing unto others as one would have done to one's self, more is needed when deeper ethical questions emerge. Furthermore, Paul would contend that simply following the law, Mosaic or otherwise, is not taking advantage of Christ's full gift to humanity. There is no driving, internal emotional drive to follow the law without the acceptance of grace and the sense that what one does on earth is thanks for Christ in heaven, for Christ's sacrifice.
Paul's primary theme in Romans 5 is…… [Read More]
Sin can either be apparent or internal; it can be obvious to the public and can be part of the bad feelings one has toward other people. Apparent sin is what people observe and because of this, sin can be divided into two misdeeds. First, the guilt of the sin itself, such as stealing, drinking wine, or adultery; second, the guilt of saying it with pride and in public which demonstrates one's indifference to God's commands. This also sets a very bad example for people because it encourages them to commit their own sins as if it was something natural. Thus, within time, people will become accustomed to sinning which ultimately will help to spread corruption in the entire community.
Internal sins are also another way to disobey God and be driven away from His mercy. It is like willing a bad feeling to another person or knowing about the…… [Read More]
Crime vs. Sin
A criminal justice agency, specifically the police department relies very heavily on its organization to fulfill its duties to society, which is to protect from crime and to serve justice (Kenney & McNamara, 1999). The justice which is to be served depends on the severity of the offense or crime. Crime is quite a complex subject which can be divided into two different categories: natural crime and legal crime. Only legal crime can be processed/punished by the Criminal Justice System. These are acts which are the direct violation of the law which varies from state to state and country to country (Finnis, 2007). This is known as Mala prohibita, or something which is known as a legal crime which is punishable by the law (Vila & Morris, 1999). Natural crime is something which is not written; it is determined by the society you live in and most…… [Read More]
Sugary sodas contain corn syrup, but the American Agricultural Department subsidizes American farmers for growing corn, and this is one of the reasons that high-fructose corn syrup is so ubiquitous in the food supply. e are taxing corn syrup and subsidizing it at the same time, in other words. "The bigger issue, which the industry neither can nor particularly cares to rebut, is that the product [corn syrup] exists at all. e pump absurd quantities of cash into subsidizing corn (we also have a huge tariff on Brazilian sugar cane, incidentally). Over the past 10 years alone, Congress has appropriated more than $50 billion to encourage farmers to grow the stuff. But people don't want to eat $50 billion in subsidized corn. And if the cobs just sat around developing mold, Congress would cut off the spigot. Enter high fructose corn syrup, which sucks up the subsidies and created a…… [Read More]
King David is a significant character in the Bible because he foreshadows the coming of Christ, Who was foretold to be a descendant of the House of David. David’s faith also foreshadows the faith that Christ sought among His people (yet in most cases failed to find). While the Bible is the only historical source of information for King David, other than the Tel Dan Stele in the archeological field, an analysis of the person of David is revealing as it sheds much light on the character of God and the merciful nature of the Divine Being Who represents the central heart of the Bible. In the story of King David, it is God’s mercy after all that shines most brightly. David was an individual who had many flaws and imperfections: he could very easily be considered a “bad guy” for his numerous transgressions—such as his adultery with Bathsheba…… [Read More]
Good people do not use their power as belonging to the dominant group in society to make those who are minorities -- because of their race or their gender, their religion or their ethnicity -- feel lesser.
Simple, right? Multiculturalism preaches tolerance, and this is a very good first step. But critical multiculturalism teaches tolerance plus the need to be honest with ourselves and others about who in any relationship or interaction has power. Simple, right? Well, not really. One of the striking things about the responses to Straw was that while many of his critics chastised (or excoriated) him for siding with Western values against the values of his Muslim constituents, some of those who supported him praised him for siding with Western values (such as freedom and self-autonomy) against patriarchy and sexism. When he said that veils were not a good thing for a society that includes Muslim…… [Read More]
Faustus, as Christopher Marlowe's character, is a German scholar who wants to exceed the limits of traditional logic, medicine, law and religion by practicing black magic. Through this, he calls upon Mephistopheles, a demon, who arranges a deal between Faustus and Lucifer for 24 years of power and glory in exchange for his soul. Despite Mephistopheles' warnings about the horrors of hell and his own doubts about what the deal really means, Faustus persists in the decision to enter into the bargain, which he signs in his own blood. ich gifts and displays of pleasure from Mephistopheles and Lucifer, though, distract his doubts and lull his senses and reason, in addition to Mephistopheles' impressive information about the nature of the universe. The parade of the seven deadly sins particularly wins Faustus' mind and will. In the fulfillment of their end of the bargain, Mephistopheles takes Faustus to ome, the court…… [Read More]
He reflects that the: "wonderful thing about porter was the way it made you stand aside, or rather float aloft like a cherub rolling on a cloud, and watch yourself with your legs crossed, leaning against a bar counter, not worrying about trifles but thinking deep, serious, grown-up thoughts about life and death." The disapproving comments of the "shawlies" or women watching the boy get sick voice the reader's likely feelings about the incident: "isn't it the likes of them would be fathers?"
The narrator's voice from then on, also by necessity, is more coherent than the interior voice of a tipsy child, but he still tries to convey the child's physical sense of discomfort, like the child's anger that he does not feel "grand" like his father assures him that he will after he is ill, or when his father's friends tell him he will feel right in a…… [Read More]
Lawrence often compares the mechanistic world of industrialize Britain with the world of nature, and the fecundity and sexuality of the natural world is seen as distorted by the mechanistic world that has developed in this century. In such a comparison, Clifford is on the side of the industrial world, while Connie comes out on the side of the natural world. Yet, this is not what society wants women to be, and yet it is also the reason women were so restricted by society, because they were viewed as dangerous threats to the natural order because of their inherent sexuality.
In Lawrence's conception, living according to nature precludes the possibility of sin, though society may see the issue in a different light. hile one could apply this idea to Hester and Tess as well, their authors clearly do not view the issue in that way, though they do find their…… [Read More]
The second category of sin punished in hell is violence, as God wants violent people to suffer in seventh circle of hell because of their dedication to ignore their human natures in favor of behaving similar to animals. Hell punishes here people who committed violent acts against others, against themselves, and against God or one of His creations.
Dante focuses on two main concepts when talking about violence: bestiality and infertility. Humans are typically considered to be a combination between angels and animals, meaning that they are expected to share traits with both groups. The seventh circle of hell contains a series of creatures that appear to be human, but that also have characteristics from animals. Infertility is most probably meant to be a reference regarding the fact that violence is always in vain, considering that it never generates any benefits. Life appears to be absent from the seventh circle,…… [Read More]
Many believe that this judgment takes place within a person's lifetime through sufferings for acts committed, and one does not have to wait for the end of time. The basic belief of Christianity is that there is a Christian God, who is benevolent and giving, but who is also a vengeful God. In fact, a large part of Pilgrim theology was premised on God being vengeful, and that self sacrifices were needed to appease God. Christians also believe that Christ was the son of God, who came to fulfill the Messianic prophecy espoused by sages from the Old Testament. Goodness, kindness, good deeds, generosity, honesty are divinely inspired. Christians keep Christ as a cherished beacon to be emulated every step of the way. Good deeds (which would satisfy uddhists) without true faith is meaningless.
The uddhists have an assigned eight-step path to enlightenment. These are not far removed from any…… [Read More]
high degree of misinformation I had received from traditional teachings about the church and the beginning of Christianity. Moreover, I was struck by the notion that most other people in the Western world receive this same degree of intentional misinformation, so much so that I have even heard people defend the idea that knowledge of the historical church is irrelevant to modern Christianity. Reading through the class material, I was struck by how critical this historical information was to the understanding of the actual church. One critical piece of information is the idea of Jesus as the head of the church, despite him not establishing Christianity as a separate religion. Another critical idea was that prophets could play a continuing role in Christianity, when my traditional understanding had suggested that after Jesus there would be no more Jewish prophets. I also found myself wondering about the very obvious and significant…… [Read More]
Her natural involvement in raising Sohrab, however, serves as a completion of Soraya's own personal redemption -- she is saving one of the many lost children of Afghanistan -- as it does for Amir, making redemption not only achievable but the natural result of its earnest pursuit.
The sins that are committed by the various individuals in the book are largely defined and described by the characters themselves. Their various paths to redemption are equally personal. As the central character and narrator of the novel, this is most visible in Amir; his understanding of his own and of his father's sins is what drives many of his decisions and attitudes in life, and what causes him to seek redemption in the first place. ithout this drive and the clarity of his perception, redemption might have proved impossible after all.
Calliouet, Ruth. "The Other Side of Terrorism and…… [Read More]
By examining violence and women in both Sin City and the Tekken series, one is able to see how seemingly similar representations of gender and violence actually create wildly different meanings depending on the particular medium. While Sin City and Tekken participate in the visual language of gender, when it comes to the relationship between gender and violence, Sin City focuses on the victimization of women's bodies at the hands of men while Tekken disavows any connection between the violence committed and the gender of those committing it. This analysis reveals an important distinction between violence committed by or against gendered individuals and violence committed because of gender, because as Tekken demonstrates, the former situation actually offers the possibility for a more expansive representation of gender.
Bryce, J.O., & utter, J. (2003). Gender dynamics and the social and spatial organization of computer gaming. Leisure Studies, 22(1), 1-15.
Funk, J.B.,…… [Read More]
Forgiveness of Sins in the Early Church: Doctrine Salvation 3rd Century and 5th Century Christianity
Christianity in the 3rd century was mainly the era when Ante-Nicene Fathers wrote after the Apostolic Fathers. Also, the oman Empire was had its height and experienced the Crisis of the Third Century. It was a time when the emperor Decius endorsed measures that were intended to reestablish unity and stability. However, in the 5th century in Christianity, there were many developments going which led to more fracturing of the State church of the oman Empire. However, it was the worse time for Christians because a came a time of heavy persecution. With that being said, forgiveness of sins in the early church from 3rd -- the 5th century became very important in the faith.
With two or three exceptions, the orthodox church of Tertullian's day had this belief that post-baptismal sins would not be…… [Read More]
Let it be understood here and now, once and for all, that there will be no return to Russell County of that tragic era, the days when the law violator reigned supreme, and trampled the Constitution and laws under his foot. From this day forward the reign of law has come to Russell County to stay, and stay it will under the providence of God and all the power of Alabama's government....
To those who have had part in the lawlessness in this country, who have made crime their livelihood, who have grown fat in the debauchery of our youth and the destruction of the morale of our Nation's young soldiers, your day is ended, your hour of reckoning is at hand, you stand at Armageddon.... (Ibid.)
III. The Name, "Phenix"
Excuses and Reasons
Besides, you start drinking whiskey gambling, it gives you an excuse for losing.
That's something you…… [Read More]
Finally, learning how to rely on and depend on others can help people rely on and depend on God. The exercise teaches the value of trust and shows that we can depend on other people as well as God.
7. Body Outline: Drawing an outline of the body is a helpful exercise for people who have eating disorders. It can help people recognize that their body image does not match the reality of their physical form. In some cases, drawing the body can bring up strong emotions. For this exercise, drawing the body outline enables participants to explore self-image: the lies we tell ourselves and the negative self-talk we bombard ourselves with throughout our life. We can see how some of these lies were perpetuated by parents, by peers, by the media, and by society. By exploring these lies, we can hopefully begin to see the truth: to see our…… [Read More]
McGrath's comments above suggest periods of conceptual adjustment as observers of the Christian faith worked to make explanations for the presence, even the commonality, of sin as it exists in spite of God's innate goodness.
So again, to the idea that Christianity's incredible facets couldn't rationally be reached by outsiders to the faith with some guesswork does not hold up against the process by which we know Christianity came to be. McGrath points out that in this discussion on how best to reconcile sin with God's innate goodness, Christianity was in a place of coming into its own identity. Answering questions such as this quandary on the dualism of good and evil would be very much a part of 'guessing' the structure of Christian faith as it were, but directly within the framework allowed by the basic tenets relating to God, man and the universe.
The text by Lewis demonstrates…… [Read More]
The objective of this work is to examine Nathaniel Hawthorne's works and to conduct a comparison of the life of Hawthorne to his short stories and to examine how his life and his works paralleled one another.
The life of Nathaniel Hawthorne many times was played out in his stories as his life events and experiences bled forth into his works demonstrating the struggles that the writer faced within himself and his own life. unning through the threads of the stories of Hawthorne is the theme of Puritanism and this is clearly perceived as one reads the stories of Hawthorne entitled "The Scarlet Letter," "The Minister's Black Veil and "The Birthmark." In order to understand Hawthorne's view it is necessary that one understand what Puritanism is, believes, and represents.
Puritanism was first presented in the works of William Tyndale (1495-1536) as well as in the work of…… [Read More]
religion, answering three questions, one page per question.
Martin Luther once said "In order to be truly free, one must be properly enslaved." Evaluate this statement using your knowledge of the Catholic Tradition. 2) hat is the Catholic Tradition view of Original Sin and does this view still have relevance today, why or why not? 3) hy has the Church ruled and maintained the ruling that only men may serve as priests, should this practice continue or change, why? Three sources. MLA.
Martin Luther, a 15th century monk of the Augustinian order, symbolizes the split within Christianity between Protestants and Roman Catholics. Luther once said "In order to be truly free, one must be properly enslaved." He was referring to his belief that human beings have free will only by the grace of God. Luther believed that without God one would have no free will. According to Luther, a…… [Read More]
Divorce and Marriage
Divorce and remarriage
Divorce and Marriage is Permissible
In the current modern society, a breakup of the traditional marriage is the most significant challenge. Prior research on this matter suggests that 43% of first marriages end separation and possible within 15 years. Although these results are disputable, it is undisputable that the divorce is on the rise across the globe. The increase in divorce is the main cause of societal problems such as early pregnancies (teen pregnancies), suicide, alcohol, and substance abuse, and the hesitation of young people to engage in marriage. Therefore, divorce has resulted into many societal problems, and children have to pay the price. Disturbingly, a comparison between the Christians and non-Christians show that Christians are more prone to divorce (Paechter, 2013).
Therefore, it is clear that the divorce is a church problem. Considering that, Christianity teaches that lasting faithful marriages are part of…… [Read More]
For some people, beating on drums and meditation is a spiritual way to experience their religion on a higher level, which releases a different understanding.
The Decameron includes a frame story about the plague in Florence in 1348, which can be explained from the following.
AN EPOCH-AKING EVENT in the development of early Italian narrative is the canonization, thanks to the astounding success of Boccaccio Decameron, of the cornice, the framing device. The formula of the novelliere aperto, the loosely structured anthology of stories (such as the Novellino), becomes secondary to that of the novelliere chiuso, in which a meta-story encompasses all others. In contemporary developments within the genre of lyric poetry, the fragmentary collection evolves into the prosimetrum (Dante Trita nuova) and the canzoniere (Petrarch Rime). In order to monitor the progress of literary forms out of the archaic period, one must focus on the development of innovative modes…… [Read More]
Likewise, the two sisters who sacrifice so much for the man will their sacrifice as well, given their evidently ardent faith, however misguided. The setting of an Ireland where the Catholic faith remains such a respected institution gives further force to the power of the man, even though Joyce's powerfully symbolic language and writing style ultimately deflates the image of the man in death. Death, Joyce ultimately suggests, comes to use all, even a man who strove to have such a close relationship to God, and even a man whose life had such impact upon the young boy's conciousness and the conciousness of the sisters. But the drunkneness of Flynn, however, is a moral failing, rather than a largely unwilled affliction. Drunkeness, although it might be common to the community, mileu and setting of the short story, is not something that comes to us all like death, and the housekeeper…… [Read More]
For this reason, it is important to identify the most basic differences between Hinduism and Christianity (Christian esponse to Hinduism (http://contenderministries.org/hinduism/christianresponse.php)."
While Hindus believe in a Creator the truth behind that creator is that there are many Gods within the Brahman. The Christian faith provides one Lord, one God and one true creator.
The bible instructs man to worship and love only one God.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one." Deuteronomy 6:4
And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me." Psalm 50:15
In the Hindu faith each person is nothing more than a manifestation of the Brahman. It is something that can create great stress with the belief that one is on earth because in a previous life they were not worthy.
The Christian faith believes that God created all mankind with free will. He…… [Read More]
Humanity has worth only when they struggle for survival. Otherwise they can be seen as no more than over bred lice. In terms of my own views, I have a somewhat more positive outlook. While it is true that overpopulation and disease are problems created by the carelessness of humanity, there are also many cases of charity and caring that places many human beings above the harsh perception as mere conceited lice who have survived a storm or two. The technological, economic, and humanitarian developments over only the last century shows the great potential of the human heart. While it is therefore certainly not to be denied that humanity has inherent evils, there are also many contrasting cases of excellence that should not be overlooked. As a member of the human race, I prefer to concentrate on the excellence in others and myself. I find that this makes life far…… [Read More]
25. How does New Age spirituality differ from that of Eastern mysticism?
Although the New Age readily embraces Eastern mysticism, it diverges from the old Eastern traditions because the New Age is more of a "hybrid spirituality," (131). The New Age combines Eastern and estern mystical beliefs. Eastern religions are not tailored for the modern world so the New Age mutates Eastern traditions to best suit the needs of the modern lifestyle.
26. How is paganism related to the New Age movement?
Paganism is integrally related to the New Age movement. Evidence of this can be found on any New Age bookstore shelf. The New Age movement is not necessarily demonic, as many modern witches do not believe in Satan, but neo-pagans assert a belief in a Goddess. Many New Agers support pre-Christian pagan beliefs and shamanism as well.
27. How does the eastern element of New Age spirituality contrast…… [Read More]
" Therefore, the Second Coming and the Rapture are coincidental events, both of which have to do with Christ returning to Earth. The Rapture specifically refers to what happens to human beings. Once Christ returns, the "thousand-year reign" on Earth begins. According to the FFM website, "Jesus Christ will one day return to bring believers home to Heaven and will reign with them over the Earth for 1,000 years." The thousand-year reign has scriptural origin, and is also called the Millennial Reign of Jesus. A "new heaven and earth," ostensibly a holier and happier one, will result from the Second Coming.
Speaking in tongues is a phenomenon that occasionally accompanies the baptism rite. Many Protestant and evangelical groups encourage speaking in tongues as proof of one's salvation during baptism (Robinson 2005). More formally known as "glossolalia," speaking in tongues is considered to be a supernatural manifestation of the glory of…… [Read More]
Angelology Satanology Define religious (ethical) dualism show difference kind dualism ( idea God Satan eternal equal forces struggled struggle eternity) Bible teaches God Satan. Show biblical teaching origin destiny Satan contradicts common understanding religious (ethical) dualism.
Theology promotes the belief that there are two entities, good and evil and that they are equally powerful. In contrast, Christianity and the Christian bible claim that God is much more powerful than Satan. Dualism in general thus contradicts the bible by claiming that the forces of good are equally powerful to the forces of evil. The devil was the first individual to have committed a sin and it originally appeared in the heart of Satan. Although Satan was initially called Lucifer (the light bearer), his glory ended when he decided to act in disagreement with God's word.
Vanity was one of Satan's principal characteristics at the time when he decided to…… [Read More]
Anderson, Neil. The ondage reaker: Overcoming Negative Thoughts, Irrational Feelings, Habitual
One of the most fascinating aspects of Neil Anderson's work of non-fiction, The ondage reaker, is that despite all of the different aspects of Christianity, spirituality, history, and contemporary culture that he details, the book revolves around a relatively simple precept. This tenet is the founding one of Christianity and the principle that has seen many an adherent through any assortment of beneficial or malefic circumstances. Quite simply it is that Jesus sacrificed himself on the cross, and in doing so gave a redemptive power to the world and to all who were willing to believe in him and his sacrifice. This power is referred to in Anderson's work again and again as a means of overcoming sin, evil, and self-indulgence, and to triumph in the spiritual warfare that the author posits occurs daily between Christians and minions of…… [Read More]
" When these words of mine were repeated in Pelagius' presence at ome by a certain brother of mine (an Episcopal colleague), he could not bear them and contradicted him so excitedly that they nearly came to a quarrel. Now what, indeed, does God command, first and foremost, except that we believe in him? This faith, therefore, he himself gives; so that it is well said to him, "Give what thou commandest." Moreover, in those same books, concerning my account of my conversion when God turned me to that faith which I was laying waste with a very wretched and wild verbal assault, do you not remember how the narration shows that I was given as a gift to the faithful and daily tears of my mother, who had been promised that I should not perish? I certainly declared there that God by his grace turns men's wills to the…… [Read More]
Find the radian measure of the central angle of a circle of radius r = 4 inches that intercepts an arc length s = 20 inches.
The formula for an arc length is a = r?, where'd is the arc length, ? is the central angle in radians, and r is the radius. That said, s = 20, r = 4, and ? is unknown.
= 5 radians
The central angle is 5 radians.
In which quadrant will the angle 100 degrees lie in the standard position?
The angle of 100 degrees will lie in Quadrant II.
In which quadrant will the angle -305 degrees lie in the standard position?
The angle of -305 degrees will lie in Quadrant I.
Find the length of the arc on a circle of radius r = 5 yards intercepted by a central angle 0 = 70 degrees.
The formula for an…… [Read More]
Of all the people for consideration of placing in Inferno, Osama Ben Ladin is by far the most worthy candidate. He is directly responsible for the death of thousands of innocent men, women and children and has caused unspeakable grief and sorrow, not only in the United States, but around the world. His actions directly led to military intervention in Afghanistan and possibly in Iraq as well. These events have led to the loss of thousands more, with many being civilians unable to escape the death and destruction of war. Ben Ladin is also guilty of betraying the Muslim religion, using it to justify hate, war, and mass murder and has mislead the religious beliefs of his followers. In doing so, he states that God has blessed a group of vanguard Muslims, the forefront of Islam, to destroy America.
There's no question of whether Ben Ladin should to go…… [Read More]
The Nature of Evil
Evil is portrayed in a variety of ways in Genesis A and . Of the Junius Manuscript. Evil manifests despite God's attempt to give those who are loyal to him everything they need. The first manifestation of evil is in Heaven, when certain angels become proud and rebellious. When God decides to create Earth and human beings, evil also infests this. The phenomenon can then be seen in three ways. Evil as perverse, irrational and deluding are discussed as it is portrayed in the Junius manuscript. It appears to infest everything and everybody. Even God himself is not entirely free of the claws of evil.
Evil as Perverse
The first case of the perversity of evil is in line 20-33 (radley, 1982:13), where the chief of angels becomes first proud and then perverse. The perversity is manifest in the way that the angel and his…… [Read More]
The nakedness of Noah was somewhat shocking for readers of the Bible. This is because he was considered to be a righteous man, who was above many of the temptations (which often accompanies other segments of society). After the great flood, he was the one individual that would be able right the sins of humankind and enable God to start anew. (Holy Bible New International Version, 2007) (Davis, 1975)
During this time, Noah began to farm and grew grapes on his land. Noah drank from the wine and awoke naked with none of his clothes on. Evidence of this can be seen with Genesis 9: 22 -- 25 with him saying, "Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked and told his two brothers outside. But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father's…… [Read More]
I noticed the animals, the sensuality, and the angels flying to Heaven carrying off pieces of these "earthly delights," which made me wonder why they had to take sin or debauchery to Heaven. I also wondered what the four "islands" or buildings in the lake represented. One seemed to represent war, and other our easily "cracked" world under our feet. Obviously, all of the symbolism in the painting relates to sin and non-belief, but it is so filled with detail that it is hard to take it all in at once. Viewing it in person would probably clear up a lot of questions about it. it's also interesting that there is a group of animals in the center of the picture - it is almost reminiscent of Noah leading the animals two by two to the Ark. Is Bosch saying the only innocence on Earth is in the animals?
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Vine Deloria Jr.'s Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto
An Analysis of Vine Deloria, Jr.'s Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto
One of the more profound developments of the current Native American movement has been an effort on the part of Indians themselves to record their own history in order to help them gain control of their future. When Deloria promulgated his "Indian Manifesto" in 1969 with the title of Custer Died for Your Sins, it became apparent that he was at the forefront of this movement and the issues he identifies continue to be at the forefront of Native American concerns today. This paper will provide an overview of Deloria's book, followed by a discussion of six of the main points made by the author. A summary of the research will be provided in the conclusion.
Review and Discussion
According to his editors, Vine Deloria,…… [Read More]
According to Hebraic tradition, the chronological period in the book consists of the second month of the second year (measured from Exodus) to the beginning of the eleventh month of the fortieth year -- in all, roughly 39 years 9 months of wandering, with, of course, fewer in number at the end of the journey than at the beginning. Again, according to tradition, Moses was the author of all five books of the Torah, but stylistically, at least in both Hebrew and then Aramaic, the prose in Numbers is far dryer and more scholarly, leading most to believe that this particular section was derived from several priestly sources tentatively dated at 4th-6th century BC (Harris, 1985).
Since Numbers is divided into three parts, it is useful to provide an overview of the literative focus and consequences of each section:
Number's the eople of the Lord -- God ordered Moses to…… [Read More]
e cannot look to our circumstances for reasons to do anything wrong. Dimmesdale is no different from the young boy that grows up in an abusive household beating his wife and claiming that he is not responsible because of his environment.
Finally, Dimmesdale's suicide is the ultimate gesture of his weakness. He cannot be honest with those that assume to know him. He claims in these last moments that he withheld his "own heavy sin and miserable agony" (244) and now must let the truth be known. This is a brave move and it would have been even braver to live after confessing. Instead, he takes his own life. Many may assume that he took his own life because of grief and inner turmoil but it makes more sense to assume that he could not live with what he had done and he could not have lived with the kind…… [Read More]
Once his word is accepted as truth, he promises eternal salvation, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die," (John 11:25-26). Despite believing in the Lord and observing his rules by his rules, the Jewish people are still in danger for they do not accept Jesus to truly be God's messenger. If God's word is truth and is honestly recorded in the Bible, how can one ignore Jesus Christ as the Messiah? For he is "the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me," (John 14:6).
Accepting Jesus' message as truth is "being justified before God," (Halverson 2). Christianity, through Jesus is a fulfillment of the old prophecies and brings God to mankind in a personal way where each individual can accept…… [Read More]
This literary parallel also underlined in the final description of the portrait of what Dorian Gray has become at the end of the book, Chapter 20: "The thing was still loathsome -- more loathsome, if possible, than before -- and the scarlet dew that spotted the hand seemed brighter, and more like blood newly spilled. Then he trembled. Had it been merely vanity that had made him do his one good deed? Or the desire for a new sensation, as Lord Henry had hinted, with his mocking laugh?"
Again, there is scarlet, but this is the scarlet of blood letting, not an innocent blush of the young Dorian's lips. Once again, at the words of Lord Henry, even the older and more jaded Dorian is moved to tremble. He blanches at the sight of the picture, but for a different reason, because he can see the monster he has become,…… [Read More]
Ultimately, every person is a child of God, and this positive sense of self must be upheld by the counselor, who ultimately points the client to self-healing and a better relationship with the world and the divine.
The American Association of Christian Counselors states the Christian counseling is a: "Ministry to persons acknowledges the complexity of humans as physical, social, psychological, and spiritual beings. The ultimate goal of Christian counseling is to help others move to personal wholeness, interpersonal competence, mental stability, and spiritual maturity." This is clearly the goal of Anderson's approach to therapy. Anderson does not shy away from the difficult subjects that can arise in therapy, such as the subjects of incest, physical abuse, and depression. He acknowledges that forgiveness and coming to terms with pain is a difficult process, and one that cannot be easily healed with religious platitudes.
Anderson's book is particularly useful because…… [Read More]
Its a good idea to leave behind information that is not necessary for us any more like past phone numbers and names of strangers whom we may not meet again.
Episodic memories are the autobiographical events of a person's life based on his or her experiences, relationships, learning and ideas. In a loss of episodic memory, the links that exist in the temporal and frontal lobes of the brain are broken. This happens when the patient has suffered a head injury or has been in any form of trauma. Also, episodic memory failure happens when the frontal lobes are damaged and as a result, the patient is able to remember some information though not in the order in which it happened. Further more, this leads to false recollection of events that could not have happened.
Implicit memories are those that do not require intentional remembering or…… [Read More]
Racine's Phaedra -- Compared to Blake's "Lamb" and Melville's Billy Budd
As Bernard Grebanier states, Racine's Phaedra speaks "with the violence of life itself" (xiv). If one were to compare the French playwright's most famous female lead to the English-speaking world's most famous male lead (as Grebanier does), it would have to be to Hamlet, whose passionate assessment of life is likewise problematic. Indeed, Phaedra raises many themes, including the importance of origin, innocence, and sin -- themes that may be found in as seemingly disparate works as illiam Blake's "The Lamb" and Herman Melville's Billy Budd. hile Racine's Phaedra is the tale of a woman, torn by a passion that possesses her so cruelly that it destroys not only her life but the lives of others around her -- including the innocent man who is her obsession, Hyppolytus; Blake's poem deals with the triple theme of origin, innocence, and…… [Read More]
Regional Identity and Its Literal Purpose
Regionalism is a common sense of identity. It is an expression of an identity that shapes activities in a particular geographical region. In early 1980's regions resurgence of regional self-consciousness was part of the general democratization process. Members of different regions, minorities and majorities, reclaimed what they considered as history leading to regional development. The process of increasing social and political awareness has led to rise of cultural and political dimensions of regionalism (Roth 59). A group of identity is politicized when it affects human judgments on political issues, or affects human decisions on how we act politically like voting for someone. This can define regionalism as the politicization of regional identity. This implies that regional populations have certain common interests that they can advance as a group. They advance these interests to preserve cultural identity, which is threatened by cultural standardization and to…… [Read More]
hurt your children; I love your children.' So thundered Fr. Percival D'Silva, trembling, in his sermon at the lessed Sacrament Church in Chevy Chase, MD," wrote Maureen Dowd in her weekly column in the New York Times (Dowd, 2002). Fr. Percival has been one of the few to speak out against the defensive attitude of the Catholic Church -- one of obfuscation, dishonesty and callousness to the victims. Fr. Percival called for Cardinal ernard Law of oston, co-indicted in several child abuse cases, to resign.
The Catholic Church has been rocked recently by allegations of sexual abuses -- especially against children. The problem is not isolated but all pervading. The cases of child, sexual abuses are about the same percentage as the general population. Most of the cases are not, in the strictest sense pedophilic -- sex with pre-pubescent children, but ephebophilia -- abuse of adolescent children. In a comprehensive…… [Read More]
killed Jesus? (Outline)
Who was Jesus?
Was he human? Was he God or a part of God?
What was His mission?
Why was he on a Mission?
How is Contemporary Man related to Christ's Mission?
Who Were Against Him?
Why were they against Him? What did these people accuse Jesus of?
What was the penalty for the crime that Jesus allegedly committed?
How was Jesus brought to trial?
Who were the people responsible for Jesus' case reaching trial?
Who Judged Him? Who executed Him?
Who eally Killed Jesus?
Who really killed Jesus?
The actual truth about past events, as far as accuracy is concerned, is difficult to guarantee. This is because of the fact that one cannot really rely on accounts that may have been recorded with bias. However, the records about the life of Christ, His trial, and His death, are believed to be considerably accurate. This may be…… [Read More]