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The meaning of Karma

What are some positive and negative ways that the concept of karma has played or continues to play out in cultural and religious contexts? Overall, has the idea of karma been a positive or a negative cultural force? I examine Jewish ideas of good, and Christian ideas of good. These are compared with the belief in Karma. Ka

Biblical Themes: The Problem of Evil

Epicurus is generally credited with first expounding the problem of evil, and it is sometimes called "the Epicurean paradox": "Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot; or he can, but does not want to. If he wants to, but cannot, he is impotent. If he can, but does not want to, he is wicked. If God can abolish evil, and God

Religion Origins

Choose one of the theories about the origins of religion that most appeals to you or strikes your interest. Define it clearly. Then compare/contrast that theory to your belief about religion and reality of the human condition. We all have ways we come to understand or see the world. Take some time to reflect and offer your insig

Comparative Religion Reflection Essay

Reflection Essay Scholars conclude that what we ordinarily call religion manifests to some degree the following eight elements: 1) a belief system; 2) community; 3) central myths; 4) rituals; 5) an ethical system; 6) emotional experiences; 7) material expressions of religion; and 8) sacredness. 1. Examine to what extent yo

The Rise of Islam

I would like to learn and gain more knowledge about Church History and why the rise of Islam vs. Christianity. Discuss how the rise of Islam through the century affecting our current Christian society.

Jainism

Discuss the common characteristics Jainism shares with the others. Analyze the interactions between the modern world and Jainism. Provide examples of how these interactions influence both Jainism and the modern world.

Compare and contrast views of Muslims, Jews, and Christians.

The Muslims consider Jews, Christians, and Muslims to be all â??People of the Book.â? What are the elements that tie Jews, Christians and Muslims together? What theological differences are there between these great religious traditions?

Comparisons between Judaism and Christianity.

What makes Judaic law and theology different from other faiths of the period? â?¢ What influences did Judaism have on the development of early Christianity? â?¢ What major influences does Christianity still have in contemporary Western culture and society? â?¢ Why is it important to understand how Judaism and Chri

Bible Book Summary

Summarize the book of Paul first by identifying and explaining its epistle genre. Identify the key theme, major events, and major personalities.

The Theological Problem of Evil

Having a couple debates with two classmates, can you tell me what your scholarly response would be to this: Millard Erickson posits three possible solutions to the problem of evil. The first of these is "Finitism" which concludes that God is not omnipotent. Brightman's version of this asserts that there are factors beyond God

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are compared.

How humans view their spiritual world constitutes a major theme of humanities. Through exposure to the foundations of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, how would you say that they are connected in this view? Please consider their fundamental tenets, literature, artistic representations, and historical perspectives when answering

Religious Elements

I need some help gathering some ideas on how to start. What do they mean when they ask for relationship with sacred time and space? Explains how religious traditions describe and encourage the following relationships: Relationship with the divine Relationship with sacred time Relationship with sacred space or the natural world

How do you define sacred? How do religious traditions orient their conception and location of the sacred? Sacredness in many religious institutions is defined as the act of preparing a ceremony that is geared towards cleanliness, consecration, sanctification, and ultimate holiness. The objective is to repudiate secular outside influences and to follow a higher purpose in God or another deity. In some religions, to be sacred, means to be completely consumed with a specific doctrines philosophy on spirituality, growth, perception, and the afterlife, whereas other religions often found in various countries may make graven images, or animals sacred. To be sacred is a discretionary act of taking an object or position and setting them apart from worldly influence or contamination. Sacred is not a ceremony per se, it is a method for setting oneself apart from everything and everyone that is of negative influence. For instance, the Amish culture, maintains a form of sacredness that cuts off contact with the outside world in order to live "in" a world without actually being "of" the world. In the Christian faith, there is a communion ceremony that remembers the Blood of Christ that was shed during the crucifixion of Jesus on the Cross. As an honorary tribute and remembrance for His selfless act, Christians conduct a sacred ceremony that includes eating unleavened bread which is a symbolism of the flesh that was pierced when Jesus was wounded, and beaten severely on behalf of sin. Red wine (or in many churches "grape juice," is a substitute for wine) is symbolic to the blood that was shed. This ceremony or act of adoration for a deep selfless act of love is sacred for the reason that no one is permitted to take communion without first examining oneself to determine if he/she is in fact worthy of taking communion, if an individual takes communion without examining whether or not he/she is eligible and acting in accordance with his/her examination such as; true repentance, the individual may be in danger of facing a verdict of judgment against his/her own soul 1 Corinthians 11:29. Catholics have a similar sacred ceremony regarding the crucifixion of Jesus, however the difference is that an individual may not take holy communion if he/she is not a member of the Catholic faith. How do the following concepts about God differ: Monotheism, polytheism, patheism, atheism, agnosticism, and nontheism? Monotheism- "belief in single God: the belief that there is only one God, as found in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam." (Encarta, 2005).

How do you define sacred? How do religious traditions orient their conception and location of the sacred? Sacredness in many religious institutions is defined as the act of preparing a ceremony that is geared towards cleanliness, consecration, sanctification, and ultimate holiness. The objective is to repudiate secular outs

Explain each of them

What makes the Naturalistic, Secular Humanistic, and Atheistic Existentialistic Worldviews differ from the Christian Worldview in regards to family?

Four Yogic Paths and Jainism Compared

Four Yogic Paths and Jainism Worksheet Comparing the forms of Hinduism and contrasting them with Jainism. Jnana Yoga Karma Yoga Bhakti Yoga Raja Yoga Jainism For each: Explain the Meaning of the Name Explain the Basic Concepts Describe the Practices Describe the Goals Summarize the differences between Hi

Virgin Births

Why do you think that stories of Virgin Births were common in the ancient world? What were these stories attempting to convey and do you think that they are allegorical or literal? Please give specific examples.

Creation Myths

Discuss briefly the role of creation myths in ancient cultures such as the one we find in the Book of Genesis. What similarities or differences do we find in these creation stories?

Elements of Religious Traditions

O Describes these basic components of religious traditions and their relationship to the sacred: â?¢ What a religious tradition saysâ?"its teachings, texts, doctrine, stories, myths, and others â?¢ What a religious tradition doesâ?"worship, prayer, pilgrimage, ritual, and so forth â?¢ How a religious tradition organ

Basic Characteristics or Elements of Religion

While each religion differs at significant points- and various sects within a given religion also differ- all religions share similar attributes. What are the basic characteristics or elements of religion? Are these characteristics found in culture or daily life where they are not usually identified as religious?