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A Personal Critique of Life
Critique of Life Religion is a funny thing. It influences almost every gear and cog of our clockwork society. This obsession, at times unbenounced to the participant, controls even the way we observe humans and weigh their value. Indeed, this element was factual for both my family and the community that so influenced my so...
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The True Reason and Aspects Behind One's Belief
The Fundamentals of Belief However passive, belief is a choice: a commitment to trust, faith, or confidence in something. (“Belief”) But why do people choose to believe the things they do, especially in the face of established fact? To tackle this question, it is necessary to consider the causes of so-called belief perseve...
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The Theories of Thomas Aquinas on the Four Kinds of Laws: Eternal, Natural, Human and Divine
Law is defined as “nothing else than an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care for the community, and promulgated” (Aquinas – Dimock, Lecture 1, 2007, p 1). Law is made to protect, nurture and guide people. Thomas Aquinas claims that ‘an unjust law is no law at all’ (IBID) which means the laws tha...
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A Comparison Between Philosophy and Theology
Philosophy and theology has long been considered two separate schools of thought. At the surface, philosophy and theology seem to be completely different as philosophy accepts only rational thinking and examination of oneself, while theology deals with spirituality and divine beings. However, both fields of study developed...
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An Analysis of Blaise Pascal's Argument on Having Faith in God
In Blaise Pascal’s commentary, “Yes, Faith is a Logical Bet”, having faith in God is a rational choice in contrast to not having faith in God because there is plenty to gain, and nothing to lose (Rickabaugh Lecture). According to Pascal, hypothetically, it is possible that there may be a God, and if we have faith in Him, we...
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An Analysis of the Ideas of Doubt and God in Rene Descartes' Meditations
The idea of doubt is extremely important to philosopher Rene Descartes in his six meditations on the existence of God and the distinction between the soul and the body. In meditation one, Descartes discusses sensory things and the idea that our senses have, without argue, deceived us at one point or another (533). Because o...
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The Stand of Rene Descartes on the Idea of God's Existence and a Personal Opinion on It
For centuries, the idea of God’s existence has always been instilled in every man throughout history. Religion played a very important role in the morals of society, but there were always the believers and the non-believers. Many scholars have tried to argue the proof of God’s existence by using the scientific method, but...
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The Work and Philosophy of Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Nietzsche’s Philosophy Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, born in 1844, was a German philosopher from the 19th century, whose controversial ideas about truth and reality, and his criticism of humanity significantly shaped modern post-Kantian philosophy. He was a nihilist and is considered the father of existentialism and post-...
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The Views of Voltaire and Diderot on Religious Intolerance
Religious Intolerance The Age of Enlightenment is a period in France when drastic changes occurred. It was the first intellectual movement where the whole population was involved but not just the powerful and rich ones. Philosophers were major person who started the movement to change the way to think and to challenge old...
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The Worldview Concepts of Scientism, Pluralism, and Postmodernism in the Issue of Spirituality
Abstract Spirituality has been an important concept in different areas such as religion, care, parenting, and psychology. Thus, it identifies with varied fields since it helps in reshaping man to an image desired by God. The purpose of this report is to delve the issue of spirituality. Also, the concepts of scientism, plur...
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The Life of Saint Thomas Aquinas
St. Thomas Aquinas St. Thomas Aquinas was born towards the end of the year 1226. St. Thomas was the son of Count Landulph of Aquino. When Thomas was five years old, his father placed him under the care of the Benedictines of Monte Casino. The teachers were surprised in the progress he made. He have convinced his pupils to...
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The Life and Teachings of Mencius
About a century after Confucius, the founder of Confucianism, died, the second most influential Confucianist teacher was born. This teacher, Mencius, not only taught Confucianism, but also lived it and wrote about it. Although not much is known about the life of Mencius, his beliefs are well known by many. Mencius spent muc...
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A Biography of the German Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche
Friedrich Nietzsche was born on October 15, 1884 near Leipzig Germany. He was named after Freidrich Wilhelm the fourth, since they shared a birthday. He had a difficult early life. His father, grandfather and uncle were all Lutheran pastors and his other grandfather was a theologian. At age four, his father passed away...
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A Comparison of the Morality of the Death of Socrates and the Moral Issues of Catholics
Socrates was philosopher who lived in ancient Greece. He believed that he was a gift to others, sent by the gods to enlighten them. He developed a method of questioning his students in order to arrive at the truth. This method, now called the Socratic Method, upset many people because it is absolutely maddening to ask...
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The Libertarian and Utilitarian Views on Religion and Government
A key issue that has been a topic of debate for much of our nation’s history is where the separation of religion and state is appropriate while simultaneously respecting the religions of others. While America was founded as a Christian nation, we were also founded as a nation with the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit...
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A Critique of William Lyon Phelps's Statement on the Relationship between Certainty and Belief
I challenge William Lyon Phelps statement between the relationship between certainty and belief, because while Phelps claims having a belief in something can be sufficient motivation to do something, the fact that you simply believe in something, does not make it certain. Belief is a powerful motivator. We hear of many st...
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Believing in God: A Critical View on Pascal's Wager
A Wager to Believe In? There are many arguments for the existence of God as well as many arguments against the existence of God. Blaise Pascal creates a hypothetical in the form of a wager to convince you to believe in God solely based on what you will get in return from believing or not. A decision to believe in God or...
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A Comparison between Stoicism and the Teachings of the Bible
Stoicism teaches that one can achieve happiness only by rejecting material comforts and by dedicating oneself to a life of reason and virtue. This is similar to Christian teachings found in the Bible. The difference being that Christians-particularly Catholics-go a step further and after rejecting material comforts, they de...
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A Comparison of the Old and New Testament and the Teachings of Epictetus
The teachings of the Old and New Testament and the Epictetus’ statement have two main themes. They agree on the fact that the body is just a shell that limits the soul. What matters on the inside of the body is what the bible and Epictetus agree on. What they disagree on is the belief of what the body represents and the fa...
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The Conflict Between the Views of Aristotle and the Beliefs of Christians
The Greek philosopher, Aristotle, believes that the chief endpoint of mankind is to know. He believes that even if something exists, it does not matter at all unless someone knows that it exists. Christians, tend to differ in this point of fact. Christians believe that “man’s salvation consists in knowing the truth, so that...
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The Definition of Justice in the Republic by Plato and in the Holy Bible
Discussed in the Republic,-as one of the most important subjects known to man-is the true definition and application of justice. Generally, it was resolved that justice is every man getting what he deserves. The Bible, however, reveals a different understanding. Biblical justice goes hand in hand with mercy which is why som...
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The Different Approaches to Defining Religion
As the history of philosophy shows, defining terms is not the easiest
practice to undertake. We frequently find that even our most securely held
notions of what particular things are by virtue of their characteristics
mistaken in fundamental ways. This is especially true when it comes to
abstract concepts...
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An Analysis of Max Weber's Views on the Relation Between Religion and Capitalism
Max Weber was largely successful in his examination of the positive correlation between the advent of capitalism and the prevailing religious ideals and practices. To understand Weber’s perspective one must first take into account the definition of capital and how capitalism works. The idea of capitalism and capital acqui...
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St. Augustine's Critique of the Theologies of Pelagius in on the Grace of Christ
St. Augustine, a well-known Christian theologian of the fourth to fifth centuries, wrote a detailed critique on the writings and theologies of Pelagius, another well-known theologian from the fourth to fifth centuries, titled, On the Grace of Christ. Through this analysis, one discovers the truth through St. Augustine’s eff...
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The Assumptions and Perceptions of Society on Faith
Faith is a false hope that people look into to provide reason and truth for multiple decisions that they make. Multiple philosophers teach their followers to look past the teachings of faith and to look for their own true meaning of life’s truths. Philosophers often time in their works state that instead of looking toward...
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