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Pictographs: 1 James and 1 Peter

What would a charted outline of the biblical books look like in small, cartoonlike drawings that take the place of the verbal description? Each drawing should have a type of caption to tell what is in the picture (e.g. a picture of praying hands and the caption would be to pray for, or a picture of Christ on the Cross could h

Daoism and Confucianism

1. Do you see any contradiction between the Daoist ideal of gracefully accepting death, suggested by the Daodejing, and the Daoist search for long life and immortality? Can the two goals be reconciled? Can you give 2 examples from TV, film and from family members and friends? 2. Consider your own "home culture." If Confuci

Fourth century Christianity

In the fourth century Christianity was moved from being a persecuted minority of the population to the official state religion of the Roman Empire. Explain using references, how did this transition take place? As well, discuss what the pros and cons were of putting this movement into the center of society.

The Biblical Canon.

The Biblical Canon 1. How does the New Testament Canon possess and exercise normative authority for Christianity? 2. What is it about the history and exegesis of the canon that raises the question about the canon's normative authority? 3. How do Protestants and Catholics differ in their resolving of this issue? 4. What i

What literary aspects can the Letter to Philemon portray?

On what ground does Paul exhort Philemon to act, and what is it that Paul want Philemon to do? Are there any social implications of the gospel if so what are they? What are the events in this passage of scripture that Paul mentions and how does he tell the story. Which events fall into different orders in their poetic seq

Paul in I Corinthians

Does Paul's argument regarding hold up in today's culture? How are we to interpret I Corinthians 11 in the church today? What is the outline of I Corinthians 11: 2-16? What would an outline of the logic of the argument in 1 Cor 11:2-16 look like? What is the problem that this passage seeks to address? What does Paul

Galatians 3 compared to Romans 4

What outline of Galatians 3:6-20, relative to flow of thought, would identify Paul's principal claims and support of them? How does Paul's argument compare to the argument in Rom 4? How would someone successfully refute Paul's argument regarding circumcision in the Galatians community?

Christian Leader/Mentor Interview Questions.

Please help me establish a set of questions for a Christian leader/mentor interview. Here is a general list. Need specific questions for all, especially #3. 1. Who initiated the mentoring relationship? Mentor or the Mentee? 2. When and where do you meet? 3. How is the time spent? (format, accountability confidentiality,

Religious Interview Questions

What is your personal take on the religious questions below? Thanks. 1) Consider the religious images or phrases that you notice during the day (on television and the internet, music lyrics, and movie titles). How do you see religion integrated in the greater culture? What forms/patterns does it take? What issues recur? 2

The Chronology of Paul's visit to Jerusalem

Paul describes a visit to Jerusalem in Gal 2:1-10. To what Jerusalem visit in Acts (9:26-30, 11:25-30, 15:1-29, 18:22, 21:15-23:31) does Gal 2 correspond. Please explain the rationale for the response and could there be case for the other options? In the Acts of the Apostles we find five visits of Paul to Jerusalem. Are those

Personal Testimonies of a Christian

I need your personal opinion in answering the following: Why are personal testimonies important in sharing the gospel? If a person is a Christian, does it matter how they live their life? What can one's local church do to better communicate God's love to his/her community?

Sin in Israelite Writing

This solution deals with how sin is conceived in some prophetic books of the Bible. Actually, the idea of sin is very perceived in Israel and that explains why the special day of "Yom Kippur is very important. In this solution we treat Amos', Hosea's, Micha's, 1st Isaiah's (1-39), Jeremiah's and Ezekiel's definition of sin. Tho

Existentialism by Soren Kierkegaard

Soren Kierkegaard claimed that all truth (in particular, religious truth) is subjective, inward, and immediate, not objective and universal. Kierkegaard argued that faith is not a belief but a sense of "trust" in someone. He asserted that one ultimately must make a "leap of faith" to believe in the saving message of Jesus. Kierk

Hebrew Prophets on Homosexuality

You might not agree with what the Hebrew prophets had to say, but what did they say about homosexuality? Can you find a quotation?

Martin Luther on Power of Efficacy of Indulgences

_Disputation of Doctor Martin Luther on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences_ by Dr. Martin Luther, 1517 Published in: _Works of Martin Luther_ Adolph Spaeth, L.D. Reed, Henry Eyster Jacobs, et Al., Trans. & Eds.

Early Followers of Buddhism

Why did early followers of Buddhism believe in not displaying images of the Buddha, but later, began constructing huge sculptures of him?

Breath in World Religions

?In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for Spirit and Breath is precisely the same: Ruach. "In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth... the Spirit-Breath of God was stirring the waters." ?In the New Testament, the Greek word for Spirit and Breath, as used by Jesus, is precisely the same: Pneuma. "And Jesus b

Native Americans Relationship with Nature

Indigenous religions, such as those of Native American traditions, claim a special relationship with nature. Give an example of this relationship. Some have said that urban people in the modern world romanticize the attitude towards nature held by indigenous peoples. Are there any examples of unnecessary damage made to the envir

Laissez-Faire leaders in the church

- Laissez-Faire leaders avoid influence and cause subordinates to act alone without leadership. In contrast, Active delegative leaders empower subordinates to work. - In Exodus 18, Jethro counsels Moses about share the weight of his responsibility. - Can Peter's admonishment of church leaders to be examples rather than t

John and the Johannie Community

What is the christological split in the Johannine community? How are they different? Does both sides draw support from one another? Is there a theological suggestion about how we read and interpret scripture today?

Matthew's Use of Old Testament Prophecies

In chapter 1, verses 22,23, Matthew references a passage by Isaiah. In chapter 2, verse 15, Matthew references Hosea. Are these direct quotations? Would a Jewish person see Jesus as the fulfillment of these prophecies? Does Matthew follow proper hermeneutical rules in his references?

Grace and Works

"How would you explain to someone about the difference between grace and works per Galatians 3? Be sure to (A) Explain the meaning of works (or keeping the Law), (B) Explain the meaning of faith. (C) Explain HOW the two (works and faith) are connected."