Development of the Christian Personality: Theories

23 Apr 2018

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Christian Personality Development: From the Womb to the Tomb Michelle L. Stelly Abstract Research done using various peer-reviewed journal articles, a theory of personality based on Christianity is proposed. Research has shown that all development, including personality, is influenced even prior to conception based on how the future mother takes care of herself prior to implantation. It is necessary for expectant mothers to keep ...

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Saint Anselm’s Ontological Argument Analysis

11 Apr 2018

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Barbara Nalls   Thesis: In this paper I will investigate Saint Anselm’s Ontological Argument in order to make an attempt at establishing some clear evidence to answer this question; Did Saint Anselm believe in GOD? Argument: Saint Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury (1033-1109), is the creator of the ontological argument. Saint Anselm’s ontological argument is distinctive from other arguments that attempt to prove that it ...

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Stages of Enlightenment in Buddhism

26 Mar 2018

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MODULE 9: The Planes of Realization (stages of enlightenment) Enlightenment is a concept and a word that is commonly used and associated with mediation, the practice of Buddhism and its benefits. Most of the time, it is used in connection with the concept of Nirvana. In most Buddhist texts and literatures, enlightenment can be read to have started with the Buddha himself, thus the term samma-sambodhi ...

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Definitions of Sprituality

29 Jan 2018

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Finding a universal definition of spirituality is challenging and problematic. According to Maher and Hunt (1993): “what makes the process of defining spirituality so elusive is the nature of the term itself. It is value laden and seemingly so cultural, religiously and ethnically bound, that any meaningful definition appears to be an exercise in futility (p.22)”. Nevertheless, the challenges associated with defining spirituality have not prevented ...

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Reflection on Food Waste

23 Mar 2015 09 Jan 2018

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As a part time employee in a grocery store during my early high school days, I witnessed on a regular basis that at the end of each day a large quantity of baked goods and perishable food items which had reached their shelf life were carted to the garbage compactor. At the same time at the store's front entrance there were a couple of aged and homeless ...

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Caravaggio's The Denial of St. Peter

23 Mar 2015 09 Jan 2018

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     In approximately 1610, Michelangelo Merisi, referred to today as Caravaggio by virtue of his hometown, painted his The Denial of Saint Peter, an oil-on-canvas depiction of St. Peter's renunciation of Jesus and disavowal that he was a disciple of Christ. Though it passed through the hands of several cardinals over the centuries,[1] the work itself was not commissioned by any religious authority, and was entirely conceived by ...

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Causes of Religion in the US and Liberalism in Mexico

23 Mar 2015 09 Jan 2018

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Religion and Society Final Exam Account for the continuing vigour of religion in the United States. The United States remains the most dominant centre of science and rationalism on the planet today- normally these social factors create a division between religion and people, although, in America, people continue to be highly religious. Religion in America is available to its people as effortlessly as consumer goods are; a ...

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How God Can Help to Understand the Presence of Natural Evil

23 Mar 2015 09 Jan 2018

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Thousands have died in the last 12 months as a result of adverse weather conditions, hundreds of thousands as a result of earthquake and volcanic activity, and millions through cell mutation leading to diseases such as cancer. Explore how models of God can help or hinder an understanding of the presence of such 'natural evil' in the world. Generally when you think of the word 'evil', your ...

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The Calling of Saul of Tarsus

23 Mar 2015 09 Jan 2018

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A leading persecutor of Christians, Saul of Tarsus sought to destroy the Church (1 Cor. 15:9; Gal. 1:13, 23). Except for Jesus, no one influenced the early church more than Saul, also known as the apostle Paul. This paper will examine the circumstances and events prompting a zealous persecutor of the church to become the most influential leader for the spread of the Gospel to the Gentiles. ...

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Comparison of Tolerance in Various Faiths

23 Mar 2015 09 Jan 2018

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Tolerance as a skill and an attitude to life has become essential for the very survival of humanity. One of the fallouts of the much discussed globalization process is the demand to meet, work and live with people of totally different culture,.." ethnicity and backgrounds. How one manages this heterogeneity of cultures and lire styles is very crucial for the survival of humanity. In 1995 when UNESCO ...

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Role of the Hadith in Shaping Muslim Identity

23 Mar 2015 09 Jan 2018

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Islam is a religion both of the book and of tradition. Both of these avenues are, to some extent, sacred for the Muslim. In this way it is akin to other major religions of the world. For example, in Catholicism, there is a veneration of both their Sacred Scriptures and their Sacred Tradition (though this veneration is equal in Catholicism). For most Muslim traditions, however, the veneration ...

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Scope of Religion in Australia

23 Mar 2015 09 Jan 2018

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Diversity in Australia Australia is home to increased religious diversity and religious pluralism. Its current religious landscape is shaped through the dramatic effect of immigration, the movements to and from religions or denominations, the exploration of new religious movements and the acknowledgement of no religion. These many reasons have created an increase and decrease of many religious traditions, as well as ethnic and cultural diversity in Australia. ...

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Tree of Life in Evolution: A Discussion

23 Mar 2015 09 Jan 2018

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Introduction The tree of life in science describes the relationships of all life on Earth in an evolutionary context. Charles Darwin talks about envisioning evolution ; however, the book's sole illustration is of a branched diagram that is very tree-like. The evolutionary relationships of the tree of life were refined using genetic data by the great American microbiologist Carl Woese, the discoverer of the domain Archaea and ...

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Catholic Views on Social Issues

03 Oct 2016 04 Oct 2017

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“Religion is the set beliefs, feelings, dogmas and practices that define the relations between human being and sacred or divinity” (Green, 1962, pg. 1). Religion is a way for people to have a strong confidence in something greater than themselves. Religion also brings unity to communities by creating stability and order. On the other hand, some critics may argue that religion creates more conflict than resolution, ...

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Commentary on Luke 23:32-43

03 Oct 2016 04 Oct 2017

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SERMON COMMENTARY ON LUKE 23:32-43 Reflecting on the commentary of my sermon preached as a part of an assignment at Spurgeon College on 12 May 2014. I will be taking into account and reflecting on the hermeneutical and homiletically issues that came up both in the preparation and after the sermon. Taking a closer look at the preparation, the sermon and comments from both lecturers and ...

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The Role of Religion in the Middle East

28 Jul 2017 26 Sep 2017

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The Role of Religion in the Middle East Religion is one of the most powerful defining forces of a culture. For example, stores would be closed on Saturday in Israel because that is the Sabbath in the Jewish religion. The hijab fashions in Muslim nations find their origin in the Koran’s prescriptions for modesty among women. However, religion makes the most profound impact on a culture ...

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Comparison and History of the Catholic Church

18 Sep 2017

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Did Early Modern (c. 1450-1700) Catholics have a better appreciation of the 'need' for rituals than Protestants? INTRODUCTION The years 1450 to 1700 were a time of great transition and contradiction in Europe. The intellectual, scientific, and cultural enlightenment of the Renaissance was blooming prodigiously, yet the dominant societal force was almost invariably religion, particularly Roman Catholicism, whose sole domination gave way to an uneasy – ...

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The Life of William Carey

18 Sep 2017

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Introduction – brief life history This essay aims to explore and discuss the life of the renowned theologian and religious missionary William Carey. Carey is one of the most important missionary figures of the 18th and 19th century thanks to his work in areas such as India. The aim of the essay it briefly outline Carey’s life, and to look at the theological marks he made. ...

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State Sponsored Terrorist Organization

09 Aug 2017 15 Sep 2017

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Wesley L. Metcalf   According to Taylor &Swanson (2016) State, terrorism is defined as Terrorism committed by a national government, inside of its national borders and directed at its citizens and sometimes visitors. The idea behind this type of terrorism is to instill fear into the country's citizens to coerce them into following a new rule of law. State -sponsored terrorism is where states use terrorist ...

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Challenges Faced by Muslim Women

09 Aug 2017 15 Sep 2017

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Aizany Hussin Nayel Badareen Discovering Muslim Women Women play a significant role in the growth and the development of society around the world. Women perhaps are not physically or physiologically same as men, but they are much more responsible in delivering their roles for the society. However, in Islamic societies, women seem to be bound into certain roles and responsibilities. These righteous women are perplexed ...

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St John of the Cross - A Mystic for the 21st Century

09 Aug 2017 15 Sep 2017

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Regnum 146874  Human beings have always cultivated a desire to meet God, to question him, to know his thoughts, to find out his plans. How to find him? Where can we meet him? In ancient times it was believed that the ideal place would be the peaks of the mountains. All nations had their sacred mountains-meeting places between heaven and earth, the abode of the ...

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Book Review of Limited Church: Unlimited Kingdom

09 Aug 2017 15 Sep 2017

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Aaron Christiansen Rienow, Rob. Limited Church: Unlimited Kingdom. Nashville: Randall House, 2013. 336 pp. $22.99 Biographical Sketch of the Author Dr. Rienow is a husband, father and the pastor at Gospel Fellowship Church. He holds multiple degrees in theology and Christian leadership that prepared him to pastor a church. After spending time in the pastorate Dr. Rienow came to the realization ...

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Analysis of Mark's Gospel

16 Aug 2017 07 Sep 2017

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Much of the traditional focus of scholarship on Mark's Gospel has concentrated upon the call and mission of the disciples, the twelve. However, through this exegetical study of five of the texts I seek to demonstrate that rather than seeing the disciples as the model for mission in the Church, as a people of God, they are in fact failures and a successful model for ...

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Preparation for Sunday Service

09 Aug 2017 07 Sep 2017

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Component 1: Written Assignment (1,500 words) List principal structural elements (the Ordo) of a main Sunday service such as you normally attend, stating briefly how you understand each element (or grouping of elements) contributes to the worship as a whole.  Indicate, with self-awareness, how you would yourself want to approach leading such a service. Introduction: Context The service that will be discussed for ...

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The Infallibility of the Bible: Astronomical Errors

09 Aug 2017 07 Sep 2017

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03/12/2017 There is overwhelming support for inerrancy from history. The idea that the Bible can contain errors is a relatively new belief. Author and scholar Harold Lindsell stated, "Apart from a few exceptions, the church through the ages has consistently believed that the entire Bible is the inerrant or infallible Word of God"[1]. You need a transition here The presence of observable and falsifiable[J1] scientific ...

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Contributions of Siddhartha Gautama to Buddhism

09 Aug 2017 07 Sep 2017

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Ilinca Stingaciu Siddhartha Gautama, later known as the Buddha, is considered the founder of Buddhist religion. Many buddhist beliefs and teachings are based on the Buddha's discoveries and teachings. One of the most important ways in which the Siddhartha Gautama influenced Buddhism is by actually spreading the religion, and spreading this teachings to people, which drew in followers who continued to further spread buddhism (Alldritt, ...

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Changes to Religious Views of Marriage

09 Aug 2017 07 Sep 2017

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Marriage Marriage today is looked at in a very different way to that of past years. Modern day interpretations on marriage and the way it is understood have changed greatly. But being viewed differently does not mean that marriage is valued less. Marriage, traditionally, was seen as essential to bringing up a family and maintaining a home. Recent secular changes in the definition of marriage ...

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St Brigid of Kildare

09 Aug 2017 07 Sep 2017

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Around 450 C.E. in Ireland, a girl born to a father, Dubtach, pagan Scottish king of Leinster, and a mother, Brocca, a Christian Pictish slave who had been baptised by Saint Patrick. This girl, St Brigid, became a symbol of kindness, generosity and sanctity in her distant future (Preble, 2013).    Saint Brigid of Kildare, or of Ireland is one of Ireland's patron saints, ...

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What is Religion?

09 Aug 2017 07 Sep 2017

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Religion is a special form of awareness of the surrounding world, which is based on the belief in the existence of one (or more) of the gods. It includes a set of moral and ethical conduct, which are usually reflected in the sacred texts. Religions emerged in the form of different beliefs, that appeared almost simultaneously with the emergence of mankind. Despite lacking a clear ...

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Feminist Movements in Religion: Hinduism and Christianity

09 Aug 2017 07 Sep 2017

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To what extent can a cross-religious feminist movement help create an egalitarian society in Hinduism and Christianity? Religion in all of its forms has existed since the very beginning of mankind. From the beginning of civilizations on Earth up until present day society, religion has consistently impacted the behaviors, culture, and beliefs of societies by offering the answers to the unanswerable, and by providing a ...

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The Second Destruction of the Jews Temple

09 Aug 2017 07 Sep 2017

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The destruction on the Jews temple let to the disruption the Jews religion, culture and politics. The destruction of the temple also led to the dispersion of the Jews within and outside Israel. In addition, it shaped the Jews worship by changing the focus from sacrificial worship to scriptural interpretation. Political development that occurred in the post-temple period also informed the rise of a new ...

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Performance- Enhancing Drugs Ethical Dilemma

09 Aug 2017 07 Sep 2017

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ETHICAL DILEMMA ESSAY At least once, unless extremely lucky, we are either peer pressured or presented with an opportunity to experiment with a drug, this could be an illegal drug as well as it being portrayed as a legal drug. Often consequences are not minor but major and are negative and sometimes the result is completely unexpected. How we choose to be influenced can have ...

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Complexity of the Concept of the Sacred

09 Aug 2017 07 Sep 2017

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Understanding the concept of the Sacred is a complex phenomenon. Assess keeping in mind over 4000 years of the sacred. Since the beginning of Humanity, Man has been trying to make sense of the world around itself, trying to fill in the pieces to questions it does not know the answer to. The human journey can be seen as a quest a search for knowledge, ...

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Is Mary the Theotokos?

09 Aug 2017 07 Sep 2017

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"Is Mary the Theotokos? Does it matter? Without the Blessed Virgin Mary Christianity, would be meaningless. That Mary is Mother of God is rooted deeply in sacred scripture, and this Church doctrine has been confidently taught since the Council of Ephesus (A.D. 431), during which occurred a decisive intervention of the Church's teaching authority on behalf of Mary's divine motherhood and against the claims of Nestorius, ...

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Is Religion Opposed to Change?

09 Aug 2017 07 Sep 2017

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Religions are often presented as if they are opposed to choice and change. To what extent do the 'controversial futures' examined in Book 4 support or challenge this view? Controversies surrounding religious futures rely on a premise of religions either remaining true to their origins to retain authenticity or adapting to change to accommodate an increasingly spiritual and consumeristic world. The tensions that arise stem ...

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