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Love for Centuries Great Leaders Entertainers Mothers

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For centuries, great leaders, entertainers, mothers, teacher and a variety of others have searched for the meaning of love. However, even the best philosophers, with the profound thoughts, could not fully define love.

Perhaps the reason for this is that love is such a broad subject. There are dozens of answers to the question, "What is love?" Love can be selfless, selfish, giving, jealous, unconditional, temporary, and many other things.

People establish relationships with many different types of people, including family members, neighbors, co-workers, friends, spouses, significant others, and more. People have been taught that the love is different depending on whom they love.

The emotion of love is the same regardless of whom it is felt for. Lovers want their loved ones to be happy, accept them as they are, and appreciate some aspect about them. However, even though love is the same, it feels different depending on whom the loved one is.

Love is very complex and dynamic. Different people love in different ways, and there are many types of love, as well. This essay narrows the types of love down to the basic ones.

Types of Love

The first is romantic love. It consists of memories…… [Read More]

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Why Parental Love for a Child Should Be Unconditional

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Merit: Reflection

David Brooks (2015) makes a valid point in his New York Times article "Love and Merit." His aim is to show that parental love is more important and effective than meritocratic love. The difference between the two is that the former is unconditional and gives the child the sense that he or she is loved no matter what -- even if he or she fails at everything the child attempts, the parent still loves the child. Meritocratic love, on the other hand, is based the child's success at various tasks, whether school, sports, or sociality. Meritocratic love, Brooks argues, reinforces the wrong ideas in the child -- namely, that the child is only valuable so long as he performs well. But this notion sets up a false idea within society. It props up a person's sense of self-worth by gauging the person's value according to standards that do not transcend to the higher realm of truth, beauty, goodness and love. Love, Brooks argues, especially from a parent, should be akin to charity: it should not judge or be discriminatory. It should see goodness everywhere it looks. Children, Brooks suggests, need such unconditional love so that they can grow…… [Read More]


Brooks, D. (2015). Love and Merit. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/24/opinion/david-brooks-love-and-merit.html?smid=pl-share

Shakespeare, W. (n.d.). "Sonnet 116." Shakespeare Online. Retrieved from http://www.shakespeare-online.com/sonnets/116.html
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History of Love Is About

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A good example of this can be seen in the passage which says, "She gave him a photograph of a boy who was now five. She said you stopped writing. I thought you were dead. He looked at the photograph of the boy who would grow up to look like him, who, although the man didn't know it would go to college, fall in love, out of love and become a famous writer." (Krause) This is illustrating some of the losses that Leo is seeing with Alma and his son.

The way that love creates bonds for Leo is through observing his son from a distance and seeing him develop over the years. This occurs after Alma dies and he watches him become a famous writer. At the same time, Leo wants to receive the credit for writing a novel that was published. These events are showing how love creates a bond for him through seeing his son grow up. He also is feeling love about the story he created and wanting to be recognized for his contribution. (Krause)

Kraus is telling everyone that history and love can be conflicting events. This is taking place, when different situations will have…… [Read More]

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Krause, Nicole. The History of Love. New York: W.W. Norton, 2005, Print.

MLA Format. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/06/
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Reflection Assessment God Love

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Friendship, Marriage and God

One of the most compelling themes of the Christian gospel is love. Christian love refers to many things including the divine love of God for Creation, and also to human love for each other. Human love can manifest in a number of different ways or types of relationships. Marriage and friendship are two of the most important and universal types of human relationships that are based on love. In spite of differences in culture, language, and ethnicity, all Christians perceive and communicate love in similar ways. Christian love as a strong theological component, as for the first time in recorded history, God became equal to love: "God is love," (1 John 4:8). The Bible also shows how and why love can be psychologically as well as spiritually transformative, which is why the theme of love remains constant throughout the New Testament. Essentially, there are three distinct but related types of love in Christian doctrine: agape, Eros, and philia (Carmichael 4). Agape refers to the outpouring of divine love from God "through the Holy Spirit" and into the hearts of human beings (Romans 5:5). Eros is squarely focused on the love between husband and wife, which is…… [Read More]

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Carmichael, E.DH Friendship: Interpreting Christian Love. New York: T&T Clark, 2004.

Cooke, Bernard. "Christian Marriage: Basic Sacrament." In Scott, Kieran and Warren, Michael. Perspectives on Marriage. 3rd edition. Oxford University Press, 2006.

Lawler, Michael G. "Marriage in the Bible." In Scott, Kieran and Warren, Michael. Perspectives on Marriage. 3rd edition. Oxford University Press, 2006.

Scott, Kieran and Warren, Michael. Perspectives on Marriage. 3rd edition. Oxford University Press, 2006.
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Analysis of Christian Love and Friendship

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Christian gospel is love. Christian love is conceived of as the divine love of God for Creation, but equally as important to Christ's teachings is human love. Human love can manifest in a number of different ways or types of relationships. Marriage and friendship are two of the most important and universal types of human relationships that are based on love. In spite of differences in culture, language, and ethnicity, all Christians perceive and communicate love in similar ways. Christian love as a strong theological component, as for the first time in recorded history, God became equal to love: "God is love," (1 John 4:8). The Bible also shows how and why love can be psychologically as well as spiritually transformative, which is why the theme of love remains constant throughout the New Testament. Essentially, there are three distinct but related types of love in Christian doctrine: agape, eros, and philia. Agape refers to the outpouring of divine love from God "through the Holy Spirit" and into the hearts of human beings (Romans 5:5). Eros is squarely focused on the love between husband and wife, which is a special type of Christian relationship. Finally, philia is a broad term referring…… [Read More]

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Carmichael, E.DH Friendship: Interpreting Christian Love. New York: T&T Clark, 2004.

Cooke, Bernard. "Christian Marriage: Basic Sacrament." In Scott, Kieran and Warren, Michael. Perspectives on Marriage. 3rd edition. Oxford University Press, 2006.

Lawler, Michael G. "Marriage in the Bible." In Scott, Kieran and Warren, Michael. Perspectives on Marriage. 3rd edition. Oxford University Press, 2006.

Scott, Kieran and Warren, Michael. Perspectives on Marriage. 3rd edition. Oxford University Press, 2006.
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Duality of Love the Principle

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But it was from the difference between us, not from the affinities and likenesses, but from the difference, that love came: and it was itself the bridge, the only bridge, across what divided us" (Le Guin).

The "love" referred to in this quotation that arose between the female Estraven and Ai stemmed from distinctions of gender, since it originated due to the attractive nature of Estraven as a woman and of Ai as a man. However, this love actually transcends mere gender, which is evinced by the fact that the love is not sexually consummated in a physical form, but is rather consummated in an unconditional form of love that is the basis of the "friendship" that arose between Ai and Estraven. This love is perhaps the ultimate expression of the loyalty and fidelity that Estraven always demonstrated towards Ai, and which now is finally reciprocated by the latter. So although gender is influential in this passage and throughout the Left Hand of Darkness, it is only noteworthy for the fact that it reinforces the novel's primary theme, that of the duality between betrayal and fidelity that the relationship between Ai and Estraven characterizes.

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Jordison, Sam. "Back to the Hugos: The Left Hand of Darkness by Usula K. Le Guin." The Guardian. 2010. Web. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2010/mar/25/left-hand-darkness-ursula-guin

LeFanu, Sarah. "The King is Pregnant." The Guardian. 2004. Web. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2004/jan/03/sciencefictionfantasyandhorror.ursulakleguin

Mahoney, Simon. "Le Guin, Left Hand of Darkness." The Future Fire.  http://reviews.futurefire.net/2009/07/le-guin-left-hand-of-darkness-1969.html 

Thea. "Book Review: The Left Hand of Darkness." The Book Smugglers. 2010. Web. http://thebooksmugglers.com/2010/01/book-review-the-left-hand-of-darkness-by-ursula-k-leguin.html
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Samurai's Garden Love Loyalty and

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Like Stephen, Sachi's illness is feared by many because it is contagious -- another reason Stephen has been sent away is not just to recuperate, but because of the fear that he may infect his young sister. Sachi's courage in the face of social exclusion and the love she feels for Matsu inspires Stephen to have courage to rebuild his life, even while the world is falling apart and he struggles with his illness.

By talking to Sachi, Stephen learns more about the complexities of Matsu's character. Matsu is initially a closed and rather taciturn man, but this surface appearance conceals great strength. "I believe Matsu always had inner strength, even as a young boy," says Sachi (Tsukiyama 80). Like Sachi, the gardener has been able to weather adversity while still holding within his heart compassion and love towards others. He is clearly the samurai of the title, and in the garden he tends there is a symbolic representation of his fidelity: "thee bridge represented the samurai's difficult path from this world to the afterlife. When you reach the top of the bridge, you can see your way to paradise...to simply live without fear has been a true paradise" (Tsukiyama…… [Read More]

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Tsukiyama, Gail. The Samurai's Garden. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1996.
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Love Defining Love Love Is Not a

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Defining Love

"Love is not a feeling. It's an ability." -- Peter Hedges

When asked to define "love" in one word, many adjectives come to mind -- wonderful, unconditional, mysterious, and powerful. Love is considered one of the greatest emotions known to human kind and ranges from familial love to romantic devotion to the benign love that exists between good friends (Rosenburg, 2009). Love can be a sentiment or an action; a noun (love is a many splendored thing) or a verb (love like you've never been hurt). Love creates families, motivates acts of kindness, and inspires people to creativity. We view it as a protective force, such as a mother's love for a child. However, it can also move into more dangerous territory. Thousands perish in wars fought for love of God and country. Truly, there are myriad lens through which to examine this complex concept.

Webster's dictionary generally defines love as "the intense emotion that we feel when we are drawn to a person or object we believe has value, worth, or goodness" (Merriam-Webster, 2012). This description allows us to merge our intellectual understanding of love and our shared emotional experience of it as well. Perhaps the…… [Read More]


Elliott, M. (2012). The Emotional Core of Love: The Centrality of Emotion in Christian Psychology and Ethics. Journal of Psychology & Christianity, 31(2), 105-117.

love. 2012. In Merriam-Webster.com. Retrieved October 12, 2012, from  http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/love 

Mills, S. (2011). Defining Love: A Philosophical, Scientific, and Theological Engagement - By Thomas Jay Oord. Religious Studies Review, 37(3), 196. doi:10.1111/j.1748-0922.2011.01532_30.x.

Oord, T. (2012). Love, Wesleyan Theology, and Psychological Dimensions of Both. Journal of Psychology & Christianity, 31(2), 144-156.
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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

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Love is a word that is often overused and sometimes underappreciated. And despite the confusion some people have in separating romantic love from sensual pleasure, or real love from friendship -- love is among the most powerful ideas in the world. Given all the tension and hatefulness in the world, it is the opinion of this paper that any love is good love, no matter how bizarre or byzantine it may appear to society.

The widely diverse and dissimilar kinds of love that writer Raymond Carver alludes to in his short story simply reflect the vast chasm between one personality and the next. It may seem blatantly obvious to say this, but individual approaches to love -- and reflections on love -- are of course based on each person's life experiences. Bob Dylan wrote a song -- "Love is Just a Four-Letter Word" -- that has an ironic twist to it, but is wholly appropriate because love can turn to another four-letter work, hate. Moreover, love can turn just as easily into pain (another four-letter word). There are people I know who think they love each other but in fact they are just friends who love to party, have sex,…… [Read More]

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Carver, Raymond. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. New York: Random

House, 2009.
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True Love Is Analyzed

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Love Actually is a course that teaches students to understand and appreciate the various facets of love from a variety of different perspectives. The course is stratified according to the different weeks it runs, with each week presenting a different theme related to the notion of love. In this way, students can get a more comprehensive understanding of love from a variety of approaches that can collectively influence their regard for this force in the world today.

The focus of the first week of this class is an overview of the very notion of love itself. It is critically to denote that love actually implies a degree of intimacy with others, which is demonstrable via the "bond" of romantic mating 1. Of course, there are numerous degrees of intimacy with which one can have with others -- which means that there are numerous varieties or shades of love. Perhaps a better way to contextualize this idea is that there are different shades of love. For instance, one does not love a romantic partner the same way that one loves a pet. Nonetheless, it is imprudent to assume that the degree of intimacy fostered between a pet and its owner does…… [Read More]


Lehmiller, Justin. The Psychology of Human Sexuality. New York: Wiley Blackwell, 2014.

Ryan, Christopher, and Jetha, Cacilda. Sex at Dawn. New York: Harper Collins Publishing, 2010.

Slater, Lauren. "Love." National Geographic Magazine, February, 2006.

1. Daniel Mendelsohn, "But Enough about Me," New Yorker, January 25, 2010, 68.
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Zamyatin We 20th Century Russian Literature

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paradox of the perfect selfless citizen O-90

On one hand, the soft, unified and always feminine presence of O-90 in Yevgeny Zamyatin's novel We stands as an idealized example of unquestioned obedience to the authority of a unified and totalitarian state. The future dystopia of We in the form of One State in We has entirely erased the concept of human individuality and independent thought. It has produced a citizen body that is entirely permeated by its beliefs, of which the spherical O-90 is perhaps the most obvious physical and psychological example. However, O-90's existence in a state of emptiness and her willingness to become a psychic void lacking a sense of self also means she is paradoxically capable of embodying the ideal of unconditional love, more than anyone else in the novel.

Of course, unconditional love is something hardly tolerated as a product of a unified state ideology. Love is not a value that successfully propagates the notions that enable the totalitarian institutions of One State to flourish. But because of the mindlessness and unity encouraged by the state, O-90's is capable of utterly unconditional love for the object of her affection. She has no self and no sense…… [Read More]

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Zamyatin, Yevgeny. We. New York: Eos, 1984.
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Papa's Waltz by Theodore Roethke

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These are far different ways of symbolizing similar coping skills, but they do have many things in common. Both poems use symbolism to mean more to the reader, and they make the reader think about their own life, too. They do this by painting vivid word pictures.

Imagery in these poems is very important in getting the details across. Frost uses the peaceful image of a snowy wood to contrast with the narrator's clearly busy life. Frost writes, "He will not see me stopping here / To watch his woods fill up with snow" (Frost). The reader can almost see the image of the woods at dusk, and the silent falling flakes of snow. Who would not want to linger there? Roethke's poem also uses vivid imagery to make the poem stick in the mind of the reader. He writes, "The hand that held my wrist / Was battered on one knuckle; / At every step you missed / My right ear scraped a buckle" (Roethke). The reader can almost see the image of the father, a working man, waltzing his small son around the tiny kitchen. The imagery helps the reader understand the poem and appreciate the characters. It…… [Read More]


Frost, Robert. "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." Personal Web Page. 2005. 14. Oct. 2005.  http://www.ketzle.com/frost/snowyeve.htm 

Roethke, Theodore. "My Papa's Waltz." FavoritePoem.org. 2005. 14 Oct. 2005. http://www.favoritepoem.org/poems/roethke/waltz.html
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Grandfather My Grandpa Was a

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I felt a little said I couldn't take them all home and show them to Grandma, but that was soon overcome by feeling good about letting them go instead of being greedy and wasting nature's beautiful resources.

That just had to be one of the best days of my life because I still remember it with warmth in my heart, appreciation for what I learned, and a deep love for Grandpa for taking the time to teach me.

He saved my cousin Richard's life too. I was eight. Richard was twelve, and almost didn't make it to thirteen. It was Christmas vacation at Grandma and Grandpa's house in Arkansas. A heavy snow had fallen, and us kids were having an all-out snowball fight near the lake. Of course, Grandpa had warned us several times not to go near the lake, but, hey, we were kids and we were having fun, and who cared about the old lake anyway.

Richard fell backwards off the boat dock and into the almost frozen water. He sank like a rock but came back to the surface, his heavy winter clothing soaked, heavy, and dragging him down. We were all in a panic. He was…… [Read More]

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Unfaithful and the Faithful A

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As Jason states,"Twas not for the woman's sake I wedded the king's daughter, my present wife" (Euripides 547). This shows that he has no real regard for his new wife. He also goes on to describe how they will benefit from the marriage. In part, Jason is telling the truth. He has married to further his position. His lie to Medea is that he pretends he has done it for their family, when his only real concern is himself. This shows that Jason is driven and unscrupulous, focused on getting what he wants and willing to manipulate and wrong others to achieve his own needs. This difference in what they want from life is part of the reason that Jason is an adulterer and Charles is not. Jason's drive for success is the reason he is not faithful to Medea. Jason's focus exclusively on his own personal success also means that he does not care about ruining his relationship with Medea. In contrast, Charles's joy in life comes from his relationship with his wife, so he would not even consider being unfaithful and ruining the relationship.

A related difference between Charles and Jason is their level of self-involvement. Jason is…… [Read More]

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Euripides. Medea. New York: Dover Publications, 1993.

Flaubert, Gustav. Madame Bovary. New York: Penguin, 1982.
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Charles Pierce

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Charles Peirce maintained that unconditional love gives rise to courage that helps in the generation of new ideas. This love known as agapism generates in a person a desire to break free of old habits and take risks which reflects the unfolding of God's mighty plan of evolution.

Charles Peirce developed an interesting theory of love and evolution that combined biology with philosophy to give us a scientific version of his philosophical musings. In these theories he combined Darwin's theory of evolution with ethical teachings and his own philosophies to explain how mind worked and the significance of love in our lives. He believed that concepts of evolution and philosophy were intricately connected and were part of the same process. This idea was expressed in his "The Law of the Mind" and is largely based on such concepts as Synechism, Tychism, and Agapism. These terms literally mean continuity, chance, and love and Peirce's idea of combining them stemmed from the belief that these concepts together formed the larger process called reality. Peirce's Law of the mind hence states:

...there is but one law of mind, namely, that ideas tend to spread continuously and to affect certain others which stand to…… [Read More]


Charles Sanders Peirce, Collected Papers, Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Charles Sanders Peirce (author) Philip P. Wiener (editor). Values in a Universe of Chance: Selected Writings of Charles S. Peirce. Doubleday. Garden City, NY. 1958
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David Powlison's Book Seeing With

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While Powlison may not agree with those approaches, he does acknowledge their existence. Therefore, in the second part of his book, Powlison examines psychological knowledge of human behavior and motivation.

However, it is important to keep in mind that the Bible is the basis for all of Powlison's discussions. While he may develop a personality theory, it is a personality theory based on Scripture. According to reviewer Bob Kelleman:

"the strength of this section is found in Powlison's insistence on building a view of human nature not coram anthropos (from the perspective of humanity), but coram Theos (from the perspective of God). We can understand people via people, or we can understand people via God. Powlison rightly chooses to understand the creature not through the creature but through the Creator (Kelleman).

To do this, Powlison uses x-ray questions, which he says reveal what God sees when he looks at an individual. He almost dismisses modern diagnostic tools, because he says that God not only sees what makes people tick, but also accurately interprets what he sees (Powlison, p.125-126).

However, these x-ray questions are not meant to be answered by God, but by the person who is being asked the question.…… [Read More]

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Cross, F.L., ed. "Atonement." The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church. New York:

Oxford University Press. 2005.

Kelleman, Bob. "Book Review: Seeing with New Eyes: Counseling and the Human Condition

through the Lens of Scripture." Discerning Reader. N.p. 2 Aug. 2009. Web. 22 Oct. 2010.
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What Tools Should the Congregation Have for Their Own Discipleship Process

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Congregation Should have for their own Discipleship Process

When it comes to discipleship, one can too often think about the tools necessary for the church and church leaders in helping to motivate people to become disciples. A far more elusive question examines what the actual members of the congregation require in order to flourish and excel within their own discipleship process. It's important to bear in mind that Jesus commanded us to "go and make disciples"; not converts, social justice agents, or moralists. Members of the congregation were called to the church in order to engage in a transformation of the inward self, as Jesus emphasized that the inward transformation would produce the outward fruits. Thus, the church does have a certain obligation to disciple those who are members of the congregation and thus, certain tools need to be used to accomplish this. This paper examines the tools that the congregation and members of the congregation can use collectively and together in order for the transformation of congregation members to disciples is complete.

Deuteronomy 6:4-6

One of the most basic tools that the congregation will absolutely need to have for their own discipleship is the act and element of love,…… [Read More]


Biblegateway.com. (2013). Colossians 3:1-17 (New International Version). Retrieved from Biblegateway.com: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=colossians%203:1-17

Biblegateway.com. (2013). Deuteronomy 6:4-6 (New International Version). Retrieved from Biblegateway.com: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+6%3A4-6&version=NIV

Biblegateway.com. (2013). Jeremiah 31:3 (New Living Translation). Retrieved from Biblegateway.com: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+31%3A3&version=NLT

Biblegateway.com. (2013). Leviticus 19:18 (English Standard Version). Retrieved from Biblegateway.com: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus+19%3A18&version=ESV
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Life Philosophy How Shall I

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The feeling of being lost and lonely can be overwhelming. Those are the times I must work especially hard; those are the times that test my faith in God. I may come to feel psychologically strong by moving through difficult periods with grace and trust. Feeling at home in the Universe is a rare feeling, which may only come a few times in my life. However, I can prepare myself by living the good life and by trying to feel spiritually comfortable each and every day. I can do this by continual studying, regular prayer, and open-minded, open-hearted interactions with other human beings. Only through avid spiritual pursuits and a living a healthy lifestyle can I ensure living in tune with God's will.

A may gain strength, direction, and the uplifting of my spirit also through enthusiastic spiritual pursuits. Church and other spiritual social gatherings will allow me the opportunity to share with others and learn from them. Interpersonal relationships will give me the chance to practice what I learn on my spiritual path: compassion, understanding, empathy, understanding, and unconditional love. Living a healthy lifestyle by treating my body well, eating good food, exercising, and treating myself with respect are…… [Read More]

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John Shelby Spong New Christianity

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As Spong has closed his career as a formal minister, retiring from the bishop position in 2000 have has become even more controversial than ever before:

Spong believes in a transcending reality at "the very heart of life" that presses toward life and wholeness. He describes God as the "Ground of Being" and "universal presence" that undergirds all life and is present in all that is. He regards heaven as a symbol standing for "the limitlessness of Being itself," describes Jesus as "a God presence" whose burning awareness of God made him a doorway to divine reality, and believes that the divine source of life calls human beings to live fully, love wastefully, and have the courage to be. Spong describes his project in classic liberal terms -- walking the "razor's edge between orthodox overbelief and losing the 'Christ experience'..."I do so not because I reject the church, but because I am convinced that if we stay where the church now is, the faith that we profess as Christians will surely die. The floods of creedal distortion have destroyed our fields, contaminated our groundwater, and made our faith-assertions of yesterday unlivable places for us today. No matter how deeply we…… [Read More]

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The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments: Revised Standard Version. Rev. ed. Toronto: Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1952.

The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments: King James Version. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1984.

Bakker, Jay. & Brown, Marc. "What the hell happened to Christianity?"

December 18, 2006 CNN.com at http://www.cnn.com/2006/U.S./12/13/bakker.brown.commentary/index.html
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John 5 13-21 Passage -- John

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Gnostics believed that they belonged to the "true church" of an elect few who were worthy; the orthodox Christians would not be saved because they were blind to the truth.

Part E -- Content - if we then combine the historical outline of the "reason" for John's writings with the overall message, we can conclude that there are at least five major paradigms present that are important in a contextual analysis of John.

John 5:13 - I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This seems to point that John saw a clear difference between those who believed in Jesus as the Son of God, but were unsure about eternal life. However, if we look back at other parts of his Gospel, we do find repetition of this theme. In John 1:5-7, for instance, he notes that some say they have fellowship with God, but still walk in darkness; in John 2:3-6, some say they know God, but do not keep his Commandments; and even in John 2:9-11, some say they love God, but hate their brother. These are all contradictions that,…… [Read More]


Raymond Brown, "Does the New Testament Call Jesus God?" Theological Studies.26: 1,


Clark, N. Interpreting the Resurrection. (London: SCM Press, 1967).

Hamilton, James. God's Indwelling Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Old and New Testaments.
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Successful Loyal Relationship of Horatio and Hamlet in Hamlet by Shakespeare

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Hamlet and Horatio

The relationship between Horatio and Hamlet is one based on extraordinary trust and confidence. It is this trust that allows the two to share everything and to not fear being labeled. This is a very important and critical feature of the foundation on which this friendship is based. While there are others who love Hamlet, most of them are quick to judge and label Hamlet. Horatio is not that interested in dismissing Hamlet's actions as acts of lunacy. He is aware of what Hamlet is doing and cares about it despite that. He is genuinely interested in Hamlet's welfare and Hamlet recognizes this. At one point in the play, he praises Horatio lavishly to make it clear that he values their friendship. In Act 3, Scene 2, Hamlet calls for Horatio in his preparation for the play. Horatio is quick to answer his call to which Hamlet responds with lavish praise telling him that he is "e'en as just a man / As e'er my conversation coped withal" (3.2.54-55).

Horatio is a man who is not driven by passion. He complements Hamlet's personality, Being a deep thinker, he is not easily moved by fits of anger or…… [Read More]

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Mothering and Development the Presence of a

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Mothering and Development

The presence of a sensitive mother throughout a child's developmental period is an essential determinant of healthy growth and maturation. The establishment of a solid social and emotional foundation during a child's formative years can not only aid in preparing one's youngster for life in the outside world, it can also instill a beneficial groundwork in the basic concepts of the self (Cassidy, 1990). In order to achieve such noble maternal goals a good mother needs to possess a plethora of fostering characteristics. The most important of such qualities include love, responsiveness, consistency, an eye to encourage and the ability to provide the child with a sense of security. Successful implementation of the aforementioned traits will allow the child to develop a healthy attachment to the mother. This attachment is most often constructed in the stages of infancy. Through the informative and enlightening work of John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth we have learned that a healthy sense of attachment to one's mother permits for a secure base from which a child can safely explore and return to (Holmes, 1993). The presence of this safe haven subsequently helps to create a fit internal working model, which is crucial…… [Read More]


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Screwtape Letters the Aspect About

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The specific distractions Screwtape tells his nephew to use include an intellectual curiosity, things ascertained and appealing to the senses, and certain contemporary issues such as World War II. He tells Wormwood that it is best for the young man to be an extremist -- and to be extreme at anything, in whichever direction -- because in doing so there is a lack of temperance which alienates oen from God and makes one susceptible to the machinations of distractions.

These temptations fail for a variety of reasons. One is due to the power of the love of God, which sustains the young Christian through virtually all of his travails and triumphs, as well. Yet there are certain events that take place that fortify his faith. One of these is his relationship with a Christian woman, as opposed to the lewd one Screwtape is hoping he falls for. Also, his early death helps to bring the patient closer to God as well.

Screwtape's relationship with Wormwood is actually emblematic of the devil's relationship with mankind. Screwtape is nice to Wormwood and friendly to him so long as Wormwood serves his purpose in corrupting man or the patient as the young man…… [Read More]

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Lewis, C.S. The Screwtape Letters. New York: HarperOne. 2009. Print.
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Shusaku Endo the Concepts of

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Indeed, the Japanese persecutors were well-aware of the concept of sacrifice in Christianity that they even used this as a bait to convince Father Rodrigues to renounce his faith: "It is only a formality. What do formalities matter?...Only go through with the exterior of trampling."

Of course, the act of trampling on the fumie can also be interpreted two ways: one can assume that Father Rodrigues agreed to step on the fumie because of the soundness of the said argument, although for the Japanese society, which takes actions as the embodiment of an individual's thoughts and feelings, this action simply and ultimately signifies the priest's renunciation of his faith. Gessel (1999) explicated that Father Rodrigues's gesture of putting his foot on the fumie is a symbol of setting aside all the religious debates that lead only to conflict and is performing an act of compassion...By "losing his life" as a Catholic priest, Rodrigues found the meaning of his mission to Japan, which is simply to make the lives of the humble and the powerless bearable (45).

This analysis also reflects the contradiction between Father Rodrigues as a European Catholic priest and another character, the Japanese Kichijiro, as a Japanese Christian-turned-traitor…… [Read More]


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Gessel, V. (1999). "The Road to the River: The Fiction of Endo Shusaku." In Oe and Beyond: Fiction in Contemporary Japan. S. Snyder and G. Philip (Eds.). Honolulu: Univ. Of Hawaii Press.

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Psychology the Text Discusses Several

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Self-Concept is what one believes about themselves. These beliefs stem from the notion of unconditional positive regard and conditional positive regard. Unconditional positive regard takes place when individuals, especially parents, demonstrate unconditional love. Conditioned positive regard is when that love seems to only come when certain conditions are met. Rogers's theory states that psychologically healthy people enjoy life to the fullest and thus they are seen as fully functioning people (Humanistic Perspective, n.d.).

Abraham Maslow felt that individuals have certain needs that must be met in a hierarchical fashion. These needs are grouped from the lowest to the highest. These needs are seen as including basic needs, safety needs, love and belonging needs, achievement needs, and ultimately, self-Actualization. According to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, these needs must be achieved in order. This means that one would be unable to fulfill their safety needs if their physiological needs have not been met first (Humanistic Perspective, n.d.).

I have learned that the humanistic theory is what helps to explain how people develop their own personalities and what makes them tick. Each person is seen as an individual that has their own potentials to meet in life. The way that each of us…… [Read More]


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Simpsons Offers a Comedic Look

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To win back his son's love, Homer knows he has to do something to impress him directly: he has Tony Hawk help him win a skateboarding competition. Homer's willingness to eventually come through for his family is admirable. Marge's patience is even more admirable, because she has seen Homer risk the children's lives as well as her own. Ultimately, Homer and Marge Simpson set aside their differences and move on, still bonded together as husband and wife. They never reach the point where they are just "staying together for the kids" as many married couples do. In every episode in which Homer and Marge seem to be at the breaking point, they reunite with love and passion.

Their sexual relationship is strong too. Peterson & Green note that a "satisfying sexual relationship is one of the keys to a quality marital relationship." Several Simpsons episodes depict Homer and Marge exploring the sexual dimension of their relationship. Obviously a core strength of their marriage, Homer and Marge can become better parents when their needs in the bedroom are met.

Marge is the main disciplinarian in the Simpsons household. Homer is relatively hands-off and laissez-faire and in fact needs discipline of his…… [Read More]

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Transformations and Realizations Every Human

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In the Metamorphosis, it is the image of the main character's family and those around him that is transformed. However, in the Death of Ivan Llyitch it is the main characters image of himself that is transformed. Gregor is the same person on the inside in his cockroach form that he was when he was a salesman. However, his family fails to see him the same. Gregor was happy, but becomes depressed as his family isolates themselves from him more and more. In the Death of Ivan Llyitch the main character moved from depression to joy. The characters in these novels occupy different ends of the emotional spectrum. Their emotional spectrum moves in the opposite direction.

The emotional transformation of the two main characters is opposite as well. Ivan's is an inner transformation. His physical world changes little, it is his emotional world and inner sense of self that changes. Gregor stays relatively the same, but those around him change. This is an important contrast between these two stories. It demonstrates that we have an influence on the world around us, and it also shows that the world around us has an effect on our inner selves as well. Gregor…… [Read More]

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Dead Man Walking-Mla Dead Man Walking Capital

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Dead Man Walking-MLA


Capital punishment, also known as the death penalty, is a controversial subject in modern day America. Should criminals be put to death for their crimes? Or should punishments be limited to prison terms? Americans lineup on both sides of the issue with some States favoring executions and others banning the practice. Tim Robbins's Dead Man Walking is a film which delved into this subject through the story of a nun who is asked by a death row convict to become his spiritual advisor. The movie was based on Sister Prejean's Book of the same title about her real-life encounter with a convicted death row inmate named Pat Sonnier. (Westlund ) The different sides of this complicated issue were explored through different characters in the story, each with a different view on the events which has resulted in a convicted murdered facing his own execution. The main character, Sister Prejean (played by Susan Sarandon) was drawn into a situation where she must discover her role in the issue. While she believes she is staying above the fray, she is sent off on an emotional rollercoaster involving a murderer, his family, the families of the victims,…… [Read More]

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Ethics for the New Millennium

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HH Ethics

In Ethics for a New Millennium, His Holiness the Dalai Lama discusses ethics from a universal perspective that transcends both religion and the jargon of scholastic philosophy. The study guide that accompanies Ethics for a New Millennium states, "with the growing secularization and globalization of society, we must find a way that transcends religion to establish consensus as to what constitutes positive and negative conduct, what is right and wrong and what is appropriate and inappropriate," (Los Altos Study Group 2). The Dalai Lama opens Ethics for a New Millennium with a general discourse about the nature of ethics, and the goal of ethics. For the Dalai Lama, the goal of ethics is relatively simple: to maximize happiness for all people. However, the Dalai Lama is not a utilitarian The Dalai Lama combines the traditionally utilitarian view that ethics serve the greatest good for the greatest number, with a virtue-based ethics model that assumes an inherently good moral character and demeanor for each person. Moreover, there is a distinct difference between temporary and superficial forms of happiness, and the deeper, more meaningful, and lasting state of happiness that is created by a compassionate mindset and doing good things…… [Read More]

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Ethics for the New Millennium. New York: Hudson, 1999.

Los Altos Study Group. "Study Guide for Ethics for the New Millennium. Retrieved online:  http://www.dalailamafoundation.org/dlf/en/documents/enm-study-guide-2007-09-07.pdf
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Cognitive Counseling This Is a

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Another person reading this information might think, "Well, this sounds good but I don't think I can do it." This person feels sad and discouraged. So it is not a situation which directly affects how a person feels emotionally, but rather, his or her thoughts in that situation. When people are in distress, they often do not think clearly and their thoughts are distorted in some way (Beck).

Cognitive therapy helps people to identify their distressing thoughts and to evaluate how realistic the thoughts are. Then they learn to change their distorted thinking. When they think more realistically, they feel better. The emphasis is also consistently on solving problems and initiating behavioral change (Beck).

Thoughts intercede between some sort of stimulus, such as an external event, and feelings. The motivator (stimulus) brings out a thought -- which might be a weighted judgment -- which turns into to an emotion. In other words, it is not the stimulus that somehow brings out an emotional response, but our judgment of or feelings about that stimulus.

Two other assumptions buttress the method of the cognitive counselor or therapist: First, that the patient is mentally and physically capable of recognizing his or her own…… [Read More]


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United States Has the Highest Rate of

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United States has the highest rate of confinement of prisoners per 100,000 population than any other Western country. Analyze this phenomena and discuss actions that you feel are necessary to combat this problem.

The United States currently has the highest incarceration rate of any nation worldwide. For example, greater than 60% of nations have incarceration rates below 150 per 100,000 people (Walmsley, 2003). The United States makes up just about five percent of the world's population and yet it houses 25% of the world's prison population (Walmsley, 2009). In 2008 there were more than 2.3 million people held in United States prisons and jails, a rate of approximately 754 inmates per 100,000 people (Sabol, West, & Cooper, 2009). So if we only count adults in the population that translates into a one in 100 American adults is locked up. Russia is the only other major industrialized nation that comes close with 627 prisoners for every 100,000 people. Other countries have much lower incarceration rates. For instance England's rate is 151/100,000; Germany's rate is 88/100, 000; and Japan's rate is 63/100,000 people. The median rate of incarceration among all nations is about 125/100, 000 people which is about a sixth of…… [Read More]


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Angry Child Anger Is an

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" (Angry Children, Worried Parents: Helping Families Manage Anger) Be certain in prevention and "planned parenting." Look for when certain circumstances are particularly troublesome or disappointing for your child and chalk out a "plan of action" beforehand. For instance, in case your child gets upset while visiting a shop, craving to have every item on the shelves, you can tell the child prior to stepping into the shop, "You are free to choose just one item. Tell me which one which item would you select" (Angry Children, Worried Parents: Helping Families Manage Anger) if at all this type of arrangement does not prove effective, it might be a sign that your child is reluctant to go along with you to the shop. or, in case your child creates a fracas about sleeping and you are engaged for an hour to coax him, it might aid to provide your child a feeling of rights and stay clear of a commotion by announcing, "Do you wish to remind you 10 or 15 minutes prior to going to bed that it is bedtime?" (Angry Children, Worried Parents: Helping Families Manage Anger)

Avoidance also entails giving obvious and practical anticipations, following an adjustable but…… [Read More]

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Owning a Dog Versus Owning a Cat

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Dogs Verses Cats

Dogs and cats are the two most common animals among pet owners. Each provides unconditional love as well as health and emotional benefits for the owners and each are fairly equal regarding responsibility and care, however, dogs and cats each have unique qualities.

There are numerous benefits to pet ownership, whether one owns a dog or a cat. It is reported that pet owners live longer and healthier lives than individuals without pets and that blood pressure can fall to resting levels or below just by petting an animal (Health pp). The cholesterol levels of pet owners are two percent lower and heart attacks are four percent lower in pet owners compared to non-pet owners (Health pp). Moreover, the survival rate of people who have had a heart attack and own pets increased from one in fifteen to one in eighty-seven (Health pp). Petting or stroking a cat or dog can be very relaxing and a great stress relief and even just watching or touching a pet affects people physiologically (Health pp). It is reported that handicapped people and those who live alone feel more self-confident and safe in social situations when accompanied by a pet and…… [Read More]

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Animal Assisted Therapy Within Society Is it Helpful to Those Who Seek Its Services

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Society Feels About Animals

As a first order primate, humans have a natural affinity with animals of all types that has contributed to their mutual relationships throughout history. In fact, animals of different types have been since the time of the ancient Greeks to improve the emotional and functional status of humans (Mccauley, 2006, p. 358). Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) has grown in popularity in recent years based on its proven efficacy in treating a wide range of healthcare and mental health conditions. Although dogs and cats are most commonly used in AAT settings, horses, rabbits and even fish can also be used. For instance, according to Macauley, "The use of animals ranges from companion animals that provide camaraderie and emotional support to assistance animals that provide direct physical-functional support to therapy animals that aid with the habilitation-rehabilitation in physical, occupational, speech-language, and recreation therapy" (2006, p. 358). Moreover, some researchers argue that humans have been forging relationships "since time immemorial" and that animals have served human society three broad capacities ever since: as teachers, as healers, and as companions and friends" (Pattnaik, 2004, p. 95).

The use of animals for therapeutic applications is referred to as an animal-assisted therapy (AAT)…… [Read More]


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Reducing Risky Behavior for African-American Teens an

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An Intervention for Reducing Risky Behavior Among African-American Female Adolescents: Provider Cultural Competency Training

The Office of Minority Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2013) quotes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As a way to introduce the topic of updating and enhancing the National CLAS (Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services) Standards. The quote is "Of all forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane" (p. 14). Long recognized as a significant problem in the United States, health inequity along social, economic, racial, and ethnic boundaries has become a central focus of health care policy in this country. Although health care providers have little control over the historical determinants of discrimination in the U.S. they can work towards eliminating health disparities that exist through cultural competency. In addition to the ethical and moral rationale for attaining this goal, the Office of Minority Health (2013) listed legislative mandates, marketplace competition, and legal liability as other reasons for fostering cultural competency among health care workers.

The health disparities suffered by minority groups in the United States are significant. In addition to having reduced access to care, lower rates…… [Read More]


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Afraid of Virginia Woolf By

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Early in the play, George says "I am preoccupied with history" (Albee 50). George is a humanities professor, but Albee is saying more than that, as the couple's story shows as the play continues. Both characters are products of their childhood, and have never really matured from their childhood, which is why they act like children in their marriage. George has guilt about his parents, and makes up stories about sons who try to kill their parents. Martha was a "daddy's girl" who wanted unconditional love from her father and wanted it from George too. They disappoint each other, and they disappoint themselves. They grew up not feeling strong and good about themselves, and they have carried these feelings into their marriage and their adult lives, when they should be mature enough to leave these childish feelings behind. Albee shows that even though adults marry, they may not be truly adult; they may be carrying around baggage from their youth that is never quite taken care of or resolved. George and Martha are like overgrown children in the way they fight with each other. They are very strong people and yet they do not like themselves, and it shows.

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Faith in God an Interview

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interview was conducted with 30-year-old Sandra. This essay examines her answers within the context of her identity as it pertains to religion and religious belief. The first question asked what she identified as. Her answer was non-denominational Christian. What is it to be a nondenominational Christian? It means these Christians choose not to formally align with an established and Christian religious denomination. (Lantzer) In essence, they hold on to the framework of the basic Protestant tenets, electing to identify themselves as "born-again Christians" or just "Christians." When someone chooses this kind of Christianity, they desire to believe and follow the word of Jesus Christ, but not through a specific tradition or group.

This could be because of her origins with Christianity. Her family is Baptist and while she attended church service when she was around 6 or 7, she did not go to church in her teens. While her parents identify as Baptist, they did not make it a requirement for their family to go to church on Sundays or other days. This lax religious environment could have led to her current standing of non-denominational Christian. Because she was not exposed to the traditions shard by those that are practicing…… [Read More]

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Future Goals My Life Up to This

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Future Goals

My life up to this point has been a tumultuous ride fueled by hard work, dedication and determination. A strong love for my country and the furthering of our nation's prosperity instigated my enrollment in the United States armed forces. The insight I gained during my time in the military has reshaped my outlook on life and my personal composition as a man. I have always taken pride in my education and my service experience has allowed me to truly embrace the full potential of my academic aspirations. This enlightening period of my life also blessed me with a new found appreciation for my family by shedding light on the aspects of life that are genuinely important. Additionally, I was able to integrate a new and improved sense of discipline and structure into my lifestyle. As a result of this meaningful implementation I have adequately controlled my spending and expenses, allowing me to maintain a superb level of credit and minimize my level of debt. With the current financial uncertainty present in the lives of many Americans, I am very fortunate to have learned this critical skill before entering my lifelong career. Rampant credit problems and debt accumulation…… [Read More]

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Mel Gibson's Film The Passion of the

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Mel Gibson's film, "The Passion of the Christ," has evoked a number of different responses from viewers and critics. It appears that, like the topic of religion itself, the one certain thing is that it is impossible to remain untouched after seeing the film. Perhaps then a study of the scholarly and cultural ramifications of Gibson's work would be profitable. First then, the impact of the film on New Testament studies will be considered, after which the general cultural ramifications of the film will be considered.

Impact on New Testament Studies

Any film concerning Christ's passion is a combination of the four Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Gibson's film is no exception, yet there are some points of emphasis in this particular work that may impact New Testament studies significantly. The first of these is the emphasis on the Jewish nation as sinners, rejecters of Christ and directly guilty for the crucifixion. The second is the emphasis on the brutality of Christ's death in preference to the other elements of the salvation message, such as God's love and Christ's resurrection.

The crucifixion is of course the key to the Christian doctrine of salvation. However, as it is…… [Read More]


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His Needs Her Needs Building an Affair-Proof Marriage

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Harley's book "His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage." In his book, Harley provides recommendations on how to prevent or recover from marital infidelity. However, this paper will reveal that the book is aloof on various related themes including the need to follow God's word, sin and Jesus' unique display of sacrificial, true love as depicted in the Bible.

The concept for the book occurred to Willard Harley after conducting a 13-week course about marriage at his church. The sound recordings of these classes became useful resources for Harley as he coached couples in his counseling exercise. Eventually, a transcript of the footage reached a publisher who was thrilled to print the book, which was first released in 1986.

Harley starts by posing the question how affair-proof the reader's marriage is. His assumption very early on is that affairs are begun because deep-seated needs are unmet. To help his readers comprehend how unmet needs can encourage partners becoming unfaithful to each other, he provides a chapter on an idea he calls "Love Bank." To him, each partner has an inner bank that remains or withdraws units of love in accordance with the psychological reaction provided or withheld by the…… [Read More]

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Beautiful Mind by Silvia Nasar The Real

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Beautiful Mind by Silvia Nasar: The Real Story Of Schizophrenia

For anyone who has seen the film A Beautiful Mind John Nash comes across as a man troubled by schizophrenia, yet able to achieve success in his life. While his illness does cause him significant problems, he is still able to achieve greatness via his game theory, to manage a long-lasting relationship where his wife loves him unconditionally, to achieve social acceptance where his colleagues accept his condition, and to receive the ultimate career achievement in winning the Nobel prize. The film even shows Nash succeeding over his schizophrenia and become able to control it and cure himself. This depiction presents Nash's story as one full of positives where his struggle with schizophrenia and his life is seen in a romantic light. To see the real truth of schizophrenia, it is better to read Sylvia Nasar's biography of Nash titled A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash. In this researched account of Nash's life, Nasar describes the truth of Nash's life and his schizophrenia. An analysis of the book will show that Nash's life is far from a romantic story with a happy ending…… [Read More]

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Black Cat Edgar Allan Poe's

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The narrator may have actually wanted to be able to express his caring side more openly but was not allowed to do so by the society. He had to suppress his love for human beings and in doing so, he transferred the same feelings to animals. Robert B. Ewen calls it ego defense mechanism, "whereby feelings or behaviors are transferred, usually unconsciously, from one object to another that is less threatening" (29)

The narrator is so used to being rejected by the society that when Pluto, the Black Cat, offers his unconditional love, the narrator becomes intensely jealous and possessive. In a fit of anger and on detecting a slight hint of withdrawal, the narrator goes on to injure Pluto, after "fanc[ying] that the cat avoided [his] presence" (851). And eventually kills it. Then a second cat appears. This cat becomes the object of narrator's affection initially as he declared that this "was the very creature of which I was in search" (854). But when the cat "became immediately a great favorite with my wife" (854), the narrator starts developing feelings of jealousy which leads him to contend that, "I soon found a dislike to it arising within me" (854)…… [Read More]


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Genette, Gerard. Narrative Discourse: An Essay in Method. Trans. Jane E. Lewin. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1983.
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Sociology Agents of Socialization

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Agents of Socialization on One's Personality and Perception of the World

Socialization is a never-ending process that helps us to become what we are capable of becoming and shapes our destination to a great extent. This essay highlights the effects of the potential agents of socialization on the personality and perception of the world around.

Sociology: Agents of socialization

At the age of 39 and the father of three highly indispensable marvelous works of our Creator, life has taught me innumerable lessons. Life that offers beauty, dignity of work, enlightenment from education, affection of parents, love of the beloved, awareness from external exposure, guarantees as long as we keep trying hard, hard enough to remain determined and socializing through moving in a society. Society that shapes our destiny offers friends and foes and helps us change, grow, improve and become what we are today. I personally believe that "man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality" (Fromm). Personality and society are interconnected thereupon with the changing trends in socializing with our surroundings, containing environment (immediate and distant) and individuals (having…… [Read More]

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Fromm E. Man for Himself. Retrieved February 07, 2003 at http://www.quoteland.com/topic.asp?CATEGORY_ID=108

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition

Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company

Agents of socialization. Retrieved February 07, 2003 at http://www.nwmissouri.edu/nwcourses/martin/general/socialization/tsld020.htm
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Adoptive Parents Face When Adopting

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Adopting a special needs child also presents strong demands on time and energy that "normal" families do not usually have to deal with. According to Cloud and Townshend (2001) "As a rule, children don't know what they are doing. They have little idea how to handle life so that it works right. That's why God gave them parents - to love them, give them structure and guide them into maturity" (p. 40). Special needs children often require additional nurturing, stricter discipline and setting of limits, and markedly more attention than traditional children. This can sometimes seem overwhelming for the parents, especially if this is there first experience raising a child. Even if there are other siblings, these extra demands can cause great amounts of stress for the entire family system. If the parents are spending too much time dealing with the needs of one child, then the other children may feel neglected and begin acting out just to gain their parents' attention. Then suddenly all of the children are becoming 'difficult' and the parents become increasingly stressed, which in turn inhibits their ability to provide top quality parenting. This is a vicious cycle that can often only be impeded with…… [Read More]


Babb, a. & Laws, R. (1997) Adopting and advocating for the special needs child: A guide for parents and professionals, Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey.

Brodzinsky, D.M., Schecter, D.E., Braff, a.M., & Singer, L.M. (1984). Psychological and academic adjustment in adopted children. Journal of consulting and Clinical Psychology, 52, 582-590

Clinton, T.E. & Sibcy, G. (2006) Loving your child too much: How to keep a close relationship with your child without overindulging, overprotecting, or overcontrolling, Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Cloud, H. & Townshend, J. (2001) Boundaries with kids. Zondervan Publishing
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Adrienne Rich Is One of

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Rich describes her envy of a barren woman. A barren woman can be a woman who can't have children or a woman who simply does not have children. It can mean that the woman has chosen not the have children. If the barren woman is someone who has chosen not to have children, Rich contends that she may regret not have children and such a regret is a luxurious one to have. Again Rich is reiterating the idea that motherhood is not necessarily the ideal situation for all women and that some women even regret choosing motherhood.

This regret is present because motherhood robs the woman of self. Although a woman with no children has regrets about her actions she still has her privacy and freedom. Rich seems to place privacy and freedom strictly in the domain of women who are not mothers. Motherhood is therefore viewed as a weight or a burden to a woman.

In this passage Rich is again rejecting commonly held beliefs about motherhood. Rich explains that motherhood is something that some women regret and that not having children allows the woman both privacy and freedom. This is particularly interesting because it reiterates the individual though…… [Read More]

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Allan K., Turner, J.H. (2000) Formalization of Postmodern Theory Author(s): Source:

Sociological Perspectives, Vol. 43, No. 3, pp. 363-385

Rich, A. (1986). Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution. Notton:

New York.
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Irony in the Story of an Hour

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Irony in the Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

Kate Chopin uses the element of irony in her short story The Story of an Hour to emphasis the repressive role that marriage plays in a woman's life. The protagonist, Louise Mallard, is caught between the social expectations and moral obligations to love the man she married, and her desire for independence. This dramatic tension is manifested when Louise hears of the unexpected death of her husband, Brently, from her sister Josephine and her husband's friend Richards. Though the reader would expect Louise to be heartbroken at the news of her husband's demise, she is in fact elated by what she imagines to be the ramifications of the event.


An indication of the author's view on marriage can be ascertained through the description of the view from the open window in Louise's bedroom. Even though she has just been informed of Brently's death she notices "There were patches of blue sky showing here and there through the clouds that had met and piled one above the other in the west facing window" (13). While the clouds may be interpreted as the troubles that may pile up at the sudden…… [Read More]

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Chopin, Kate. "The Story of an Hour." Literature to Go. Ed. Michael Meyer. Boston, MA: Bedford/St.Martin's, 2011. 13-15. Print.
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Parable of the Prodigal Son

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Parable of the Prodigal Son

Among the multitude of lessons taught within the Holy Bible, perhaps none are more widely recognized by devotees and layman alike than the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Found within the Gospel of Luke (Luke 15:11 -- 32), this parable tells of a father torn between his two beloved sons, and the bargain he must make to satisfy a pair of sons both yearning for his approval. By acceding to his younger son's demands for half of the family estate, the father in this parable is demonstrating that he holds an equal amount of love in his heart for both of his progeny, which is tantamount to the love God has for every one of His children.

When the younger son immediately displays his irresponsibility and travels to a foreign land to live wildly, he has forsaken his father's gift of early inheritance, and indeed his love, to indulge in the worldly pleasures afforded to him. His inglorious return home from a life of squalor and sin represents an opportunity for redemption, and the father immediately forgives his younger son's trespasses and orders a lavish celebration be thrown in his honor. The younger son is…… [Read More]

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Govern the Extent to Which We Thrive

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govern the extent to which we thrive as human beings. Our survival has been contingent on the fulfillment of needs since the moment we were born. Abraham Maslow saw great importance and significance in the fulfillment of human needs and created an entire theoretical perspective based in these needs. Everyone, including myself, is a product of the fulfillment, or lack of fulfillment, of certain needs. Essentially, our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being depend upon certain needs being met.

Maslow's theory rests in the concept that certain needs must be tended to and fulfilled prior to other needs. Furthermore, physiological needs must be established before safety needs, safety needs before belongingness needs, and belongingness needs before esteem needs, and finally all of these needs prior to self-actualization (Poston, 2009). These needs were arranged by Maslow in a pyramid, with physiological needs at the bottom and self-actualization at the top. The following details an exploration of these needs in terms of experiences within my life.

The bottom of Maslow's hierarchy pyramid contains physiological needs, which are basic needs necessary for survival. These needs consist of food, water, warmth or shelter, and rest, and receipt of these things are necessary…… [Read More]


Poston, B. (2009). An exercise in personal exploration: Maslow's hierarchy of needs. The Surgical Technologist, August, 347-53.
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Oz and the Secret Garden

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Oz & the Secret Garden

Childhood, in its most natural state of being, is distinguished by a state of mind, which is full of hope, love, and a belief that life holds infinite possibilities for fun, adventure, and happiness just waiting to be discovered. Unfortunately, as childhood progresses, the mechanisms of the adult world increasingly intrude to a point where rationality and the limitations of human nature are finally accepted as the only living reality. Acceptance brings with it resignation over the less-than-ideal circumstances of life, bringing in its wake conflict, defeat, unhappiness, stagnation, and unfulfilled human potential. Perhaps this is the reason why children respond spontaneously and intuitively to the genre of children's literature that is characterized by a basic pattern of journey, conflict, return, and reward (Attebery, p. 91). Indeed, according to Bruno Bettelheim, the promise of conflict resolution and happy endings often leads to children being drawn particularly to those stories that have themes with meaning to them at that moment in their lives. These special tales allow the child to experience mastery through fantasized solutions (Almond, p. 107). Labeling of all children's literature as proffering fantasized solutions would, however, be a mistake given the existence of…… [Read More]

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Almond, B. "The Therapeutic Narrative: Fictional Relationships and the Process of Psychological Change." Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 1996.

Attebery, B. "The Fantasy Tradition in American Literature: From Irving to Le Guin." Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1980.

Bloom, H. "Women Writers of Children's Literature." Philadelphia: Chelsea

House, 1998.