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Context The story of the Good Samaritan is narrated in the gospel of Saint Luke in the bible in the New Testament. The parable is narrated to a lawyer who intended to test Jesus. The lawyer had first asked Jesus what he had to do in order to inherit the kingdom of heaven. The lawyer was an expert of law. This means that he was just testing Jesus since he already knew what he was to do. As a teacher of law, this lawyer knew all the laws. However, he was trying to find a reason which he could use to prosecute Jesus. Jesus does not answer the question but asks the lawyer what the law says about the issue. Jesus already knew the intentions of this lawyer and this is why he did not directly answer the question from him but instead asked him another question. The lawyer answers the question himself by saying that you should love God with all your heart, soul and mind. He also says that you should love your neighbor as you love yourself. This is the summary of the commandments that were given by Moses. Jesus then tells the lawyer that the answer he had given is correct and the lawyer should do this and he will live. This is enough prove that the lawyer was an expert of the Law of Moses but he was after testing Jesus. The lawyer then asks Jesus, “Who is your neighbor?” this lawyer was not seeking humility and the true meaning of a neighbor (Peter, 47). The lawyer seemed not satisfied with the answer given by Jesus and he wanted to trick him more. The lawyer just wanted to justify that what he does is correct and therefore he is worth inheriting the kingdom of heaven....
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The Great Awakening was a series of religious rivals that swept over the American colonies during the middle of the 18th century, which resulted in many doctrinal changes. There are three main factors associated with the Great Awakening: the issues that helped begin the revivals, the people involved in them, and the end impact it had on the colonies of the New World. Unlike England, these revivals would prove to be absolute religious freedom for every religion. First, the Great Awakening was a religious movement during the 1730's and 1740's in which ministers presented powerful messages of salvation. At first churches were usually the center of a town used for worship, business, and social gatherings. The ministers were much more than preacher, but were served as doctors, teachers, and even counselors. Settlements began to grow rapidly, both in number and in size. The church was unable to meet the demands of the colonist that had spread out across the land due to difficulties in communication. Traveling preachers began to travel throughout the colonies and to preach about God anywhere they can. They began to preach liberal ideas from the traditional thoughts of each religion. The doctrines of the Arminians began to believe that man determines his own salvation, not God. This was an ideas not even fathomed before the movement. Second, preacher defined the Great Awakening. The beginning of the movement appeared among Presbyterians in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Led be the Tennent—a Scot-Irish immigrant and his four sons whom were all clergymen—they not only initiated the revivals, but they also helped to train preachers to bring sinners to experience evangelical conversion. Jonathan Edwards was perhaps the most profound theological mind in America. He began the idea of believing in salvation through good works and confirmed the need for dependence on God's...
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Some Christians may disagree with that statement because they want their children to grow up knowing God and to be in his family from an early age, this is the way of the Roman Catholics. Another reason why the Roman Catholic's would disagree with this statement is because, baptising babies cleanses their original sin and in the case of an early death the baby will be a member of Gods family. But some Christians such as the Baptists would agree with that statement because they would want to give the child the opportunity to choose for themselves and to be like Jesus and so they could understand the more about their Baptism. They believe that babies have no idea of right or wrong or even God. So how could they possibly understand what is happening to them and consequently would think that baptising a baby is indeed pointless. The Baptists believe that their baptism should be as close to Jesus' as possible and so they believe that they should be baptised as an adult just like Jesus was. Mark 1:1-12 Moreover the key point to baptism is to get rid of sin and how would baptising a baby that has no thought of sin do any good? Also Jesus told the disciples that through baptism we would receive the power to perform miracles Mark 16: 16 and why would a baby need to power to perform miracles when it is completely helpless. This shows that a baby is unable to commit to the faith unlike an adult can. I personally agree with the statement, this is because I don't see what good comes from baptising a baby because it cannot yet understand anything yet alone the ways of God. However I still think that the child should be brought up in the Christian faith...
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As a matter for understanding United Methodist polity, arguably the most interesting, informative, and significant resolution in The 1996 Book of Resolutions is the one entitled, "By Water and the Spirit: A United Methodist Understanding of Baptism." Though it is the result of an eight year study by the Baptism Study Committee and approved by the General Board of Discipleship and the 1996 General Conference, the Judicial Council recently struck down the legislation that enabled its recommendations. The Judicial Council ruled that the distinctions made between "baptized membership" and "professing membership" are unconstitutional and invalid, and directed local congregations to return to the pertinent paragraphs of the 1992 BOD as the governing cannon of the United Methodist Church. The result is that the categories of "preparatory membership" and "full membership," remain as law. While the enabling legislation of this resolution was rejected, its theological substance was not. It is a tightly woven and theologically nuanced resolution that has as its purpose the recovery and revitalization of the understanding of baptism in contemporary United Methodism (p. 716). Very much a product of the movement begun in the 1950's to re-appropriate the heritage of Wesleyanism, this report describes the historical understanding of the Methodist church that, since John Wesley, has contained a blending of both sacramental and evangelical aspects in its theology of baptism. This creative Wesleyan synthesis, it insists, was torn asunder and both its elements devalued (p. 717). Affected, in particular, has been the understanding that baptism is first and foremost a gift from God. Not only is this resolution/report significant because of its theology and the legislative debate accompanying it, it is also terribly relevant to me because I am, this week, preparing to baptize and confirm a number of persons in two of the churches which I pastor. Included...
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For thousands of years, Native Americans have learned to obtain a special relationship with nature. Their specific beliefs all come from a great being named Manitou. In the transcendental belief, Manitou is the all powerful God, who created a garden from which all life came from. Not only was life created but the spirit of Manitou exists in all things. Manitou is a part of everything, in which all things are represented. This belief takes years to be appreciated and understood. As Native American children age, the extent at which this belief is grasped brings them to a level of their own interpretation. Many stories, pictures and poems have been created to express this level of understanding. In the poem, "I Went to Kill the Deer" (written by a Taos Pueblo Indian), a young Native American boy shares his experience with nature, and his failed objective to hunt and kill the deer. In the poem, "I Have Killed the Deer," the same, yet older and wiser, native tells of his final accomplishment that he could not obtain in years past. In the first poem, the boy is showing many characteristics of someone his age. He stated his goal, then as his goal was somehow blocked by an obstacle, he quickly gave up, unlike the second poem in which nothing can come in the mans way. His goal was stated and then carried out, counteracting his once not so determined mindset in years past. Due to the age difference, the man expresses two different emotions in each poem. The first poem gives off a more sympathetic feeling to the reader. The boy is young and still has pity for the animals, so when his job cannot be completed, he decides that he cannot try anymore and leaves. The second poem does not express sympathy...
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This quotation is saying that both men and woman have equal responsibilities and can do the same things if they want, it is saying though if this happens the family must be abolished. If the family was abolished then our behaviour may decline, as we have no one to teach us how to behave. Respect for others might go, as there is no one to respect. There will be no support for each other and there will be nobody to lean on in times of trouble and sadness. There will be no one to depend on and no one to form a group with. Without a family a person is not complete. A family gives a person love, which enables then to fulfil their lives to a maximum. Careers may come in between a family's relationship today. I think that in a family both the man and the woman should have the choice of whether they want to work or not. It is not essential for either the woman or the man to be at home looking after the children. Nowadays we can get nannies into look after the children and there is therefore no need for a family to be abolished. In Plato 300bc both parents couldn't go out to work, as there was no one to look after the children. This shows that in too days world there must be too parents as this will allow us to have a better family. This essay is really boring now and therefore I refuse to do any more as its is killing me!...
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Describe how science challenges religious assumptions and explain the extent to which the two are compatible? Over the many arguments I have come across in the debate of science vs. religion, I myself constantly hesitate about any religious assumption proposed. This is because I believe Science theories seem more realistic to the religious beliefs, also science relies on evidence and fact to prove it's self-correct but religion just relies on faith. Many traditional Christians believe in the Bible, even though they have many competing theories over facts. Many conclude that a literal understanding of the book of Genesis indicates that God created the world during a six-day period, approximately 4004 BCE. Scientists have reached a near agreement though the process of carbon dating that the universe is about 14 billion years old and that the Earth formed about 4.5 billion years ago. Also Charles Darwin was the man to put forward the theory of evolution. He studied many species over a prolonged phase and came to the conclusion that all life-plant and animal- had evolved over millions of years though a process he had called natural selection. His book 'The origin of species' argues how the more advanced species had developed from simpler life forms. Species had adapted to their environments, become stronger and weaker species had died out. This is known as the survival of the fittest. Humans could be seen to have adapted to their environment. This theory appears to challenge any factual explanation of the creation story in the bible as it undermines the thought that god created us. It somewhat implies we have evolved from simpler forms. Evolution may be a theory, but look at the evidence! Far more than there is for proving the existence of Adam and Eve. Scientists in a bid to try and prove or disprove the...
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Nate McCooey REL 326-New Testament Rev. John Weimer November 17, 2003 Article Summary "The Old Testament Background of Jesus as Begotten of God" (Bible Review, Fall 1986; H. Neil Richardson) In the New Testament, commonly referred to as the Christian Scriptures or Greek Bible, numerous references are made to the concept of Jesus Christ as a messiah. However, the roots of such an idea lie primarily within the text of the Old Testament; also known as the Jewish Scriptures, Hebrew Bible, or tanakh. Throughout this article from Bible Review, H. Neil Richardson attempts to assert that point. My task here is to summarize the salient principles that Mr. Richardson brings up in his article. The term messiah (Hebrew mashiach) is actually a Greek word derived from the Hebrew verb masah, meaning "to anoint". In the time of Ancient Israel, kings were referred to as "the anointed of the Lord". In the Old Testament, the messiah was stated to be begotten of God. This is affirmed in the infancy narratives written in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke in the New Testament; two of the three "synoptic gospels", so named because they share much of the same literary content. Richardson begins his article by making reference to two previously written Bible Review articles by Kenneth R.R. Gros Louis and John Dominic Crossan; articles that focused on differing literary techniques and dominant narrative strategies of the two aforementioned gospels respectively. However, Richardson goes on to point out that neither of the two really explores the fact that Jesus was begotten of God. The idea of a messiah is one of the fundamental principles of both Judaism and Christianity; the primary difference being that Jews believe that their messiah has already come and do not understand why Christians are waiting for the Second Coming. The first Old Testament reference that Richardson makes...
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The War Prayer by Samuel Clemens (1905) Q> When someone prays, what are they really praying for? A> Prayer is universally considered the direct link between the God and the people. When someone prays, they are to be talking to God, asking for his forgiveness, his blessing and usually people resort to prayer in times of need. This leads us to believe prayer is a means of bringing good fortune and is usually self-directed. When someone is praying, they are solely praying for themselves, for their health and prosperity. We pray when we're hurt, scared, or desperate, and in prayer, one is always selfish. Not many have ever prayed for their foe in battle, nor their siblings' health when they themselves are ill. Even when one prays for something altruistically as in peace among men, it can be seen as profitable for themselves. How many times have you seen, in the media or in life, an atheist or barely religious man get on his knees and begin praying in a time of crisis and danger to his own life? Often there are prayers that bring about more consequences than he who utters it is aware of. Because prayer can be so selfish, we often overlook the effects our desire might have on others instead of the effect it has on us or our life. For example, when praying before a sporting event or even about the stock market, this is often evident. Therefore every prayer has its set of consequences, seen and unseen. The story "The War Prayer" is another good example of this. In "The War Prayer", it is the time of war and the country prays for their soldiers to have courage, for their flag to fly with honor and glory. They pray to God for victory over the others, but when shown the...
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"What Christians believe about life is up to them. They should not try to make others accept their position."Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer, showing that you have thought of more than one point of view. I agree with this statement because even religious people have many different opinions, which are probably the same as the range of opinions amongst any people.Christians cannot make others accept their position. Everyone has a right to make up their own mind. However, Christians feel that these issues are so important that they should try to make people think about what they are doing and also consider different points of view. Christians themselves have different views about abortion and euthanasia. However, they all take the issues very seriously. Many do not try to force their views on to others. Those who have strong views might try to persuade others that they are right and in the best interests of society . No one has any right to tell people what to do if they are not in that situation. Religious practices and moral issues are something that people argue about and often cause disagreements. Christians cannot make others accept their position. Everyone has a right to make up their own mind. However, Christians feel that these issues are so important that they should try to make people think about what they are doing and also consider different points of view. People with religious convictions should not impose their views on others.Christians themselves have different views about abortion and euthanasia. However, they all take the issues very seriously. Many do not try to force their views on to others. Those who have strong views might try to persuade others that they are right and in the best interests of society, but we live in...
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"In a world without hope, a brave soul has nothing to lose." In the epic Beowulf, some might perceive Beowulf as having traits such as being arrogant. Although he is raised in a Pagan society, Beowulf takes on many tasks that an ordinary man could never do. He portrays man in general struggling against outward foes and inward doubts. Beowulf displays his characteristics as courage and strength, fame, perserverence, and compassion; which affords him the opportunity to be looked upon as an epic hero. With a lack of courage, not many can accomplish much. As Beowulf travels, his courage not only grows, but stands strong. In his journey to Hrothgar's kingdom, Beowulf is faced with many unbearable tasks many men wouldn't dare to go up against, but with Beowulf, he takes those tasks and runs with them. His fight with Grendal not only proves his courage but his strength as well. Beowulf, being a mortal man, takes Grendal by the hands and tears his hand from his body, leaving Grendal mortally wounded. When Grendal's mother attempts avenge for her son's death, she is rudely awakened. After her killing of Ashchere, she resorts back to her lair in Hell, but not for long. Beowulf goes looking after her and swims through the deep, dark, and miserable waters to Hell. There he finds Grendal's mother and kills her without any warning to her. His bravery saves his people back in his homeland as well. After gaining the throne, a terrible dragon starts to terrorize his home. Here he proves to his people that he is in fact a true hero. He, with the help of his dear kinsman, slays the dragon even after being wounded. His courage and strength truly proves him an epic hero. With an epic hero, one must know of his travels...
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In the United States of America, all citizens have the choice of freedom: freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of press are just few of the many. We also have laws and amendments to help protect these beneficial privileges. Unfortunately, not all countries have this freedom, including the freedom of press, without paying a suitable price for -- if it is not what majority of the people want to hear, that is. Isioma Daniel, who is a young Christian woman journalist in her young twenties, recently returned from a journalism course at Britain's University of Lancaster. She wrote a newspaper article that left many Nigerian Muslims enraged (Nigerian journalist…). Her article suggested that the Prophet Mohammad probably would have married one of the many contestants in the Miss World beauty contest, which was to have been staged in Nigeria (Masland). Mention of the Prophet Mohammed's vulnerability to female attraction irritated Muslim feeling across northern Nigeria. In the riots that followed, Christian and Muslim gangs roamed the city of Kaduna, murdering families of the opposite religion. The fighting began after the Lagos-based ThisDay newspaper published an article on November 16 saying Islam's founding prophet would have approved of the pageant. The regional governor warned rioters would be shot on sight Sunday after four days of religious violence over the Miss World pageant in which killed over 250 people (Ahemba). Hundreds of people fled the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna (Ahemba). The article that led to the riots released Muslims' criticisms that the Miss World pageant, scheduled for Nigeria because it is the home of last year's winner, is immoral. The pageant was then moved to the Alexandra Palace in London and was scheduled to be held on the same day as it would have been held in Nigeria, December 7, 2002 (Ahemba). Muslim...
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Amanda Kirchhofer UCOR3000 Dr. Rodney Stiling Final Examination Essay 12/7/03 The life of a Christian is never easy. Although we are given the greatest gifts of grace and forgiveness through Jesus Christ, we make a commitment dedicating our lives to obeying God's commandments and sometimes struggle to follow through. As a Christian, it is sometimes difficult to understand exactly how we should live our lives. There are basic guidelines given to help us through the many gambits in life but there seem to be situations in our modern world that are not clearly explained in the Bible. Sometimes it is hard for us to know how to solve ethical dilemmas with the limited expectations laid out by God centuries ago. Even though Christians may sometimes feel like they have no help in making difficult decisions, the Bible gives us one simple commandment that is the basis for any and all other laws. Joshua 22:5 states, "But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: to love the Lord you God, to walk in all his ways, to obey his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and all your soul." The greatest commandment of all is simply to love God with all of our hearts. If we do this and look to him in every situation, there is no way we can make an unethical decision as a Christian. Based on this guiding principle Christians can live their lives fairly simply until an in-depth discussion of ethics is brought up. The concept of ethical relativism doesn't seem to apply to the Christian lifestyle when we are supposed to be living by God's rules, and not based on what society tells us. It is difficult to know for sure...
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A Crisis of Faith & Farming in Rural America The authors of Rural Ministry: The Shape of the Renewal to Come open an intriguing dialogue and discussion concerning the issue of faith and farming. In the opening chapter of this text, the reader is introduced to some basic facts relative to the challenges of people living in rural America. First, farmers who were frequently thought to be the largest segment of the rural population, are in fact fewer in number than at any time since the 1890s. Second, a higher percentage of rural families live in poverty than urban families. Third, these demographic changes have put pressure on the rural church in America to respond to poor people's needs. The authors base their work on the premise that the rural citizens across America are in a state of crisis. Rural people, they contend, are losing their neighbors, houses, land and religion. In fact, according to the Glenmary Research Center in Atlanta, Georgia, the authors assert that at least 40 percent of the people in rural America are unchurched. In the midst of this unhealthy spiritual void, there too is the question of national and global food security and food safety in a world of declining per capita caloric food intake, and an increased concern about toxicity in food supplies. This crisis, moreover, is heightened to even more serious levels by the harsh reality that significant parcels of arable land are being intensely cultivated while rural populations, food supplies, and human demand (consumption) fluctuate. It appears, furthermore, that the unpredictability of farming success, along with acquisitions and buyouts of farmlands across America by government and corporations, has precipitated a farm crisis that not only affects rural families and communities, but also the church who must contribute significantly to the renewal of individual...
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The Family That Prays Together Stays Together This statement can be agreed with and disagreed with depending on what a persons arguments towards this statement is. For the following statement I have put together a few points that are in favour of it, and a few that are against it. For: The family might be a religious family so by praying together i.e. at church they are also spending time with each other, this time together can help the family sort out their differences and communicate with one another telling one another their feelings on certain subjects that have been brought up either in the family or on the news etc. The parents of the family, or the elders can teach the younger members of the family about religious teachings, this might help the younger ones to understand and try and solve any problems they may come across in later life or problems within the family. They take the knowledge and apply it. The children might want to learn more about the world so they make an agreement with their parents to take them to church every Sunday. The family is happy to do this and get to spend time with each other. Against: One or more of the members or all of the members in the family may not be religious, by going to church etc. may be boring for the non religious part of the family. The members of the family may want to pray in their own time when the others may not, they may wish to pray in their own way by themselves, so by making them pray with the rest of the family they are not going to be able to solve their own problems, e.g. personal problems. Even if the family all pray together their may still be arguments going on in the family...
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The first question one asks is "what is marriage?" One definition of marriage is a union between two people that feel that they are right for each other, and decide to spend the rest of their lives together as one. But what one perceives of marriage to be at the get go is not always what they see after getting marriage. Some couples fear the worst, which is an unhealthy marriage that can lead to divorce. Others hope for the best, which is to live a long and healthy marriage. But I believe that everyone knows that marriage is harder than it seems but still do not believe it. Marriage has good attributes but also has it bad attributes that it brings with it. A marriage might start off good, but after a few years it might be considered to be going down the drain. Marriage, of course, has its ups and its downs. Problems arise in every marriage. But how one copes with them determines the marriage. The second question one asks is "what is a good marriage?" Wallerstein and Blakeslee believe that a good marriage is one that follows the nine tasks provided by their book "The Good Marriage: How and Why Love Lasts." Using this book as a reference, I interviewed a married couple that believes that they have a good marriage and I will assess if the marriage is a good one. The names of the couple I interviewed were Thomas and Maria Fernandez. I asked them questions that were provided in class and asked them to answer truthfully. Here is a brief history of how they became a couple. They grew up in the same town in Mexico. So they were bound to bump into each other. He worked as a cab driver. She was a...
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Hindu Pilgrimage annon The following essay addresses that of the Hindu pilgrimage as to why pilgrimage is an important aspect of Hindu religion? Firstly, the essay focusses on points which support pilgrimage as a fundamental and key aspect of the Hindu community. Secondly, a perspective denying pilgrimages have any significant role for Hindu and their religion is discussed. It does seem though, to me, that without the aspect of pilgrimage, the Hindu religion would still function quite noramally because although the pilgrimage sites give darsan, they do not seem to be able to assist people with their day to day problems, whereas holy men do. First though we need to know exactly what darsan means to Hindus. Darsan means seeing in Hindu religion and when people go to a temple, they say they do not go to worship but rather for darsan - they go to see the image of the deity. The pinacle act of Hindu worship, is to stand in the presence of the deity and to look upon the image with their eyes, so as to see and be seen by the deity. The deity is believed to actually be within the image, and beholding the deity image is a form of worship where through the eyes one gains blessings. A pilgrimage is a religious journey; people undertake pilgrimages so they can worship at special places which are connected to their religion. Journeying to holy places of pilgrimage are generally carried out as acts of faith and devotion in accummulating religious merit or to atone for sins. Pilgrimages are also regarded by Hindus as a religious duty from which darsan can be attained. There are thousands of pilgrimage sites - tirthas (sacred, fords or crossings) in India, where many places of pilgrimage are renowned for their divine images. And it is the darsan...
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Religious Terms: Sanatana Dharma- Name for Hinduism from practitioners. Sanatana- Eternal, ageless. Dharma- Encompasses matters of duty, natural law, social welfare, health, transcendental realization, holistic approach, social coherence, and good of all. Atman- The inner self, subtle self, or soul. Brahman- Breath behind all existence. Samsara- The karma run wheel of birth, death, and rebirth. Moksha- The achievement of liberation from limitations of space, time, and matter, through the realization of the immortal Absolute Karma- Our actions and their effects on this life and our life to come. Scripture: Vedas- Sublime religious texts often referred to as the foundation of Santana Dharma. Comprised of four parts developed over time. Samhitas- Hymns of praise in worship of the deity. Brahmanas- Directions about performances of ritual sacrifices. Aranyakas- Writings of those who went to the forests as recluses. Upanishads- Teaching from the spiritual masters. Dieties: Brahman- Absolute Reality, Breath behind all existence. Shivi- Indra- The god of thunder and bringer of welcome rain. Agni- The god of fire. Soma- Associated with sacred drink. Ushas- Goddess of the dawn Vishnu- The preserving aspect of the supreme, incarnating again and again to save the world. Krishna- Rama Roles/Places/Ideas: Guru- An enlightened spiritual teacher. Rishis- Sages Shaktipat- The powerful, elevating glance or touch or a guru. Mantras- A sound or phrase to praise a deity. Puja- Hindu ritual of worship. 4 stages of life- 25 years each. 1- learning. 2-building and supporting a family. 3- pre-retirement. 4-go to realize the spirit. 4 Castes- Brahmins- Priests, philosophers, specialists in the life of the spirit. Kshatriyas- Kings, warriors, vassals, nobility expected to guard and preserve society, and to be courageous and majestic. Vaishyas- Economic specialists including farmers and merchants. Untouchables- Those who removed human waste and corpses, who swept the streets and worked with leather. Yogas: (8 limbs in English) Raja- Popular in the east, extremely ancient. Jnana- The use of intellectual effort as a yoga technique. Karma- The path of unselfish service in Hinduism. Bhakti- The path of devotion. Asana- Physical postures to harness the energy. Prana- The invisible...
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Table of Contents Introduction 4 Worldview Defined 4 Christian Theism 4 Eastern Pantheistic Monism 5 Seven Basic Questions 5 1. What is prime reality – the really real? 5 2. What is the nature of external reality? 5 3. What is a human being? 6 4. What happens to a person at death? 6 5. Why is it possible to know anything at all? 6 6. How do we know what is right and wrong? 6 7. What is the meaning of human history? 7 Conclusion 7 References 8 A Journey from West to East Introduction A man said to the universe: "Sir, I exist." "However," replied the universe, "The fact has not created in me a sense of obligation" (Sire, 1997, p. 13). There are many worldviews on the universe and God. In this paper, we will first define what a worldview is. Then we will discuss the beginnings of Christian Theism and Eastern Pantheistic Monism. Finally, we will use the seven basic questions to discuss the basic beliefs of Christian Theism and Eastern Pantheistic Monism. Worldview Defined What is this thing called a worldview? Why is it so important to all of us? Sire (1997) stated, "A worldview is a set of presuppositions (assumptions which may be true, partially true or entirely false) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously, consistently or inconsistently) about the basic makeup of our world" (p. 16). Sire (1997) goes on to say, "A worldview is composed of a number of basic presuppositions, more or less consistent with each other, more or less consciously held, more or less true. They are generally unquestioned by each of us, rarely, if ever, mentioned by our friends, and only brought to mind when we are challenged by a foreigner from another ideological universe" (p. 17). Christian Theism Up to the end of the seventeenth century Western world, the theistic worldview was clearly dominant (Sire, 1997, p. 21). All...
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Catholicism started after the resurrection of Jesus of Nazarene. Many years after, with the help of the apostles down to the martyrs as well as its destructors, the Catholic Church is still standing firm. From a sect during Peters time, new religion during the Roman empire and one of the established religion of our time. Today Catholicism is one of the religions that continues to grow and touch lives more and more each day around the globe. The affectivity of Catholicism roots from the affectivity of its leader. He is called Jesus the carpenter of Nazarene son of Joseph the carpenter and Mary, daughter of Joaquin and Anne. Jesus is believed to be conceived by the Holy Spirit and his mission is to bring salvation to earth. The big question is: How was he able to sell his idea of salvation? How was he able to attract his apostles as well as disciples to follow him, to leave their own families and live by different conditions? The answer is simple: He was a leader never a boss; he acquired ideal features of a perfect human leader, setting aside the fact that he is the son of God. Jesus sadly wasn't able to sell this idea of salvation to his own land but he kept up and continued his crusade. Jesus never forgets about his mission and groomed himself properly with the scriptures, he was well protected and his defenses are strong. Jesus knew where exactly to stand without stepping on anyone. He knew they underestimated him but that never destroyed his walls down, he stood firm and allowed his destructors to find out themselves their mistakes that will surely bring them down their knees. He never took anything personally for he knew they didn't know what they are doing and they will...
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