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The Joy of Fulfilling the Covenant of God
A covenant is a sacred agreement between God and a person or group of people. God sets specific conditions, and He promises to bless us as we obey those conditions. When we choose not to keep covenants, we cannot receive the blessings, and in some instances we suffer a penalty as a consequence of our disobedience. I’m goi...
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The Life and Religious Contributions of Saint Augustine of Hippo
St. Augustine of Hippo Saint Augustine of Hippo was born Aurelius Augustinus on November 13th, 354 AD and died August 28th, 430 AD. He is the patron Saint of brewers. This is generally believed to be because before becoming a priest, he lived a very sinful life full of vices such as alcohol, partying, and “worldly ambition...
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The Euthyphro Dilemma of the Concept of God
The Euthyphro Dilemma The concept of God is one that is extremely abstract with no definite definition of God. The Euthyphro dialogue challenges one to attempt to define the exact nature of God. By determining the source of morality, the precise nature of God is found, and yet the basic characteristics that are attribute...
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A Critique of Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, a Sermon by Jonathan Edwards
A congregational minister who was influenced by strict Calvinist theology, Jonathan Edwards, in his sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” emphasizes the fragility and problematic situation that humans are in everyday as they struggle to create a division between them and “the pit of hell.” Edwards uses this subjec...
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Understanding the Concept of Fearing God or Making God Angry
Rule of Saint Benedict Honestly this reading was harder to get through and understand than our previous readings. This reading did give me more of an insight on how monks in this period lived. I still don’t understand the concept of fearing God or not making God angry. God has been viewed as forgiving in our past readings....
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Addressing the Theory of Secularization in Relation to the New Atheist Movement in the Books The God Delusion and God Is Not Great
 Atheists, historically a small minority group often criticized and persecuted by the much larger and powerfully dominant established churches and religious entities, have made a dramatic rhetorical change in the 21st century.  In a recent wave of best-selling books, authors promoting antitheist unbelief and irreligion have...
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St. Augustine's Reflection on Life and the Greatness of God
How great is Our God? Do we really know? Some people can spit out a
definition. Others may talk about the feasibility of His existence. But
does it matter, does it really, truly matter? Augustine spent his life
searching for what mattered: the truth. His action of searching showed his
belief about these questions whether or...
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Self-Justification and Self-Creation in Confessions by St. Augustine
According to Britannica, in reference to St. Augustine’s Confessions, “The goal of the book was ultimately self-justification and self-creation.” Augustine tells the story of his adolescent ways that were morally corrupt. This pervasiveness was an inward voice asking questions to seek something greater. Augustine would clas...
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The Philosophical Search for the Maker of the Universe
When you look outside your window on a beautiful spring morning and you hear the birds chirping and you see the amounts of flowers and the sun shining over the mountain, the question is how could you not say something greater then man has created this? All through history, man has tried to prove that there is no God, that u...
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The Existence of Evil as Evidence Against the Existence of Omniscience, Omnipotence, and Omnibenevolence
CLAIM: The existence of evil is strong evidence against a being that is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent (hereafter referred to as God), because an omniscient being would know about evil, an omnipotent being could eliminate evil, and an omnibenevolent being would want to eliminate evil. CLARIFICATION: An evil i...
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Understanding the True Meaning of Religion
As humans it is natural for us to be opinionated. I mean, in a sense, to have no opinions would make us your average John or Jane Doe; a flat, boring bundle of atoms that can walk and talk but can never do or think any differently than they do already. Humans aren’t like that. Humans can be arrogant and full of themselves....
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A Discussion of My Arguments with a Friend Over the Existence of God
Adolescence is a time for teens to determine who they are. Teens question the world around them and the heavens above them. During this time, many teens wrestle with the existence of God. This, in my opinion, is important; it's good for teens to learn to be discerning. However, I hope that no teen would ever completely igno...
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The Life and Theological Viewpoints of John Calvin
John Calvin born in 1509 was Martin Luther's successor as the one of the most well-known Protestant theologian during his time. Luther made a powerful impact on many key fundamental doctrines of Protestantism that still effect churches today. Calvin’s views based on God’s grace and God’s providence in the life of believers...
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The Life and Writings of Martin Luther, the Spark of the Protestant Reformation
Born in Germany, in 1483, Martin Luther went on to become one of the most influential figures in Western history. His writings were responsible for changing the face of the Catholic Church and sparking the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther’s central teachings cented around that fact that the Bible is the central sourc...
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The Similarities and Differences of Perspectives of Francis of Assisi and Thomas Aquinas
Francis of Assisi and Thomas Aquinas' Summa were both important men in the church. There teachings impacted the beliefs and practices of the church. Yet, they differed on their approach on theological methods, views, and concerns of to the church of their day. These two different perspectives are First as one looks at Fra...
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An Overview of the Concept of Divine Foreknowledge
To understand this question, we must understand the terms within it that make it debatable. Firstly, Divine Foreknowledge operates under the pretenses that there is some all powerful being that created the universe. Primarily, given that statement, Divine Foreknowledge means that for any act that a person commits, there is...
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An Examination of the Existence of a Morally Perfect, Omniscient, Omnipotent Being
Many people have pondered and fought over a common question: is there or is there not a God? There have been many arguments offered on both sides over the years as to whether or not there is a morally perfect, omniscient, omnipotent being. One of the most potent counterpoints to the belief that if an all powerful being was...
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Can Human Rights Be Accomplished Through Theological Lessons
One of the first things that you will ever learn in school, and will have reinforced throughout your time in a public school environment, is the rule – treat others the way you would like to be treated. We can all recant vivid stories from grade school involving writing down pseudo contractual agreements that we cemented ou...
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An Overview of the Concept of Worldview in Transforming Vision, a Book by Walsh and Middleton
Modern Age Worldview In the book The Transforming Vision by Walsh and Middleton, a worldview is “perceptual frameworks”, they are a way of seeing (Walsh and Middleton 17). Our worldview differs depending on what one has learned to see and consider important as they grew up. It is mentioned that a worldview is “a vision for...
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A Personal Statement on the Theology of Beauty
Personal Statement on the Theology of Beauty Within the world that we reside we are constantly bombarded with stimuli that create reactions in an instant. Some are positive—the moment that we catch a whiff of our Mother’s bread baking in the kitchen, or a beautiful sunset behind lush mountains. Some inspire a negative resp...
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An Analysis of the Sermon From Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God by Jonathan Edwards
We see many aspects present in a sermon from “Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards. Jonathan Edwards uses rich, palpable imagery to create a lasting effect to the Puritan congregation, the audience. This sermon is speaking on the anger of the Puritan God and the near inevitability of Eternal Damnation,...
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The Purpose of God's Creation of the Sun
A teleological viewpoint is one which relates to the idea that one
must have a purpose prior to creating an object or system (Richards, 2013). In other words, one may create a system in order to accomplish a task or
to achieve a goal (Richards, 2013). An example of this theory may be that
of the sun. One with a teleologi...
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Christian Faith and the Belief in the Divine
With the scientific world the mainstay in explanation of the unknown, it is easy to lose sight of the spiritual world that is so often needed in our lives. The question of theodicy becomes increasingly relevant as horrible crimes and injustices take place across the globe. A matter of morality is brought up in this debat...
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An Analysis of the Use of Galilean Tradition by Jesus
The Galilean Jewishness of Jesus There is a consistent interest within the tradition of Jesus in regards to the Jewish concerns. That is, the main facts about Jesus as a Jewish are evident from his activities that mostly occurred in Galilee. For instance, it is clear that Jesus sent most of his mission in Galilee where mos...
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A Discussion on the Irony of the Holy War and What Makes People Commit Attrocities
What causes men who claim to follow a religion that promises peace to declare “Holy War”? Are the religions themselves to blame or is there an influential power manipulating the loyalty that comes with these religions for political benefit? I will seek to answer these questions using the theory of the nine archetypal rela...
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