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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?

The Gospel of Mark Narrative

If this was the only gospel available, what would be the impression of Jesus? What aspects of his life from the other gospels would be missing in the Mark narrative? Why did Mark write this gospel?

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."

How can Jesus genealogy be understood? The New Testament presents Jesus as the promised Messiah and use Old Testaments quotations to support that. How can such quotations be explained?

1. Describe the significance of the genealogy of Jesus as recorded in Matthew's Gospel. 2. What does Jesus teach about in His Olivet Discourse and what does He state concerning His return in His Second Advent? (Matthew 24-25) 3. What is the Great Commission Jesus charged His disciples to carry out after His ascension

Judaism

The prophet Amos spoke out against the injustices of the Northern Kings of Israel. He set the tone for centuries of prophetical figures in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. A central theme of the prophetical tradition is social justice. Read Amos 2:6-16; 5:14-15. Do you think churches have done enough with regard to social inequ

Worship

"Jesus taught about true worship in a variety of ways in Matthew 5:13-7:23. (A) Why do you think He described worship in these terms? (B) How might this description of true worship be different than what we usually think about worship today? (C) How can you improve your worship of God today?"

Miracles of Jesus

Select ONE Miracle from EACH Gospel account and answer each of the following: A. Why did you select those miracles? (Give several reasons.) B. Are those miracles still being replicated today? Why or why not?

How to be a scholar

Do you think that it is more fruitful to concentrate on the attempt to understand how people live their lives rather than on the apparently diverse images and concepts that they hold? If so, why? If not, why not?

Can the gospel accounts of the life of Jesus be trusted

Q1: Christians put a lot of emphasis on the life of Jesus, which is reported through four different sacred writings, the gospels of the New Testament. Why do you think the tradition has four different reports on the life of Jesus? Why not just choose the one that is most authoritative? What does the fact that the early Christian

Theological terms are explained.

The medieval said the difference between grace and glory is one of degree, not one of kind. Why does hope look more like â??getting to workâ? rather than â??waiting around?â? Theology Vocabulary. Define the theological terms below. Definitions should be in your own words. 1. Apocalyptic 2. Eschatology/Eschatologica

Morality and spirituality inquiries are provided.

I need help with the following question. Texts I am using Christian Foundations: An Introduction to Faith in Our Time by Kathleen Fischer and Thomas N. Hart Book cover image The Good Life: Where Morality and Spirituality Converge by Richard M. Gula Open menu 1. What is â??spirituality?â? a. Christian spir

The constitution of new life for the early Christians is assessed.

Can you please help me answering the following question? the texts I am using are: Book cover image Christian Foundations: An Introduction to Faith in Our Time by Kathleen Fischer and Thomas N. Hart The Good Life: Where Morality and Spirituality Converge by Richard M. Gula Open menu Read Acts 1-15. Define renew

Define the practice of multitasking.

1. How can/should I counsel suffering people? 2. Is the point of counseling to remove all suffering? Why or why not? 3 In your own words, define the practice of multitasking as presented in theology and counseling. How would one who multitasks and apply Jesus' admonition, "By patience possess your souls"?

What does it mean to be a Christian?

The teacher asked the class: "What does it mean to be a Christian?" The class, made up entirely of Christians, raised their hands. The first student answered: "To be nice." In addition, the other students added "help each other" and "love one another" to the answer, " to be nice." The teacher responded, "So, according to

Theological terms are illustrated.

Theology Vocabulary. Define the theological terms below. They should demonstrate an understanding of the term and its relevance to the course. 1. Beatitudes 2. Beliefs 3. Christ = Messiah 4. Christian Faith 5. Christology 6. Conciliar 7. Conversion = Metanoia 8. Council 9. Council of Nicaea 10. Council of Chalcedon 1

Theological inquiries are presented.

Writing Assignment # 4 Write a short explanation or answer to the following questions. (NOTE: include all three topics within the two page limit): 1. What is the Kingdom of God, or the Reign of God? What is Jesus's connections with the kingdom of God? 2. Why was Jesus killed? 3. What is the significance of His death and

Reviewing the existence of God

1. A personal example of a riddle of existence that causes/caused you to question the existence of God. 2. Your personal conclusion about the existence of God in light of your selected example. 3. If your conclusion about the existence of God is atheistic or agnostic, indicate in your essay the theory that best describes your ex

The Seven Dimensions of a Religion

A descriptive verse on the seven dimensions of religion. Includes two examples from several major religions. Helpful in understand general theology and overall religious studies.