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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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The Importance of Examining and Addressing the Theory of Secularization in Relation to the New Atheist Movement
 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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