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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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An Overview of Confessions by St. Augustine
The Forgotten Friends of Augustine’s Conversion Augustine’s Confessions was written in the late 4th century and is cemented as a classic for theological study. Written as an autobiography, the work contemplates Augustine’s life from childhood and beyond. One of the main themes of the Confessions is Augustine’s conversion f...
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