All human beings encounter pain and suffering in life. This can present some difficult questions to organized religions.
On some level, all religions answer fundamental questions of human existence, including, "why are we here?" Pain and suffering complicate these basic questions of human existenc...
Unless I See, I Will Not Believe: The Relationship between Faith and Doubt
The words faith and doubt are easy to define, but they are much more difficult to live with. Faith is the belief in what is unseen or unsubstantiated in the physical sense as if it were in fact reality. Doubt is a particul...
1. Who were the key players (Catholic priests, black slaves/freedman and their descendants) and the geographic locations where Catholicism arose in the Americas?
2. What were some of the arguments for and against Christianizing slaves from slaveholders and missionaries? What were the difficultie...
Early Jewish Religion & its Neighbors: Clearly, Judaism did not develop within a religious "vacuum" but in fact was part of a rich religious life on the Fertile Crescent. With reference to Genesis, what kinds of stories seem to have been shared between Judaism and its neighbors? With reference to Ab...
Was Paul a Christian? Research on whether 1 Thessalonians and Galatians prove or disprove the author's argument in her book that Paul was not a Christian. If we choose to say that the above scripture proves that Paul was not a Christian, then we need to give examples how these scriptures do that.
"In Hinduism, Moksha is seen as a transcendence of phenomenal being, much like a state of higher consciousness. For Hindus, liberation is much like salvation; it is experienced in this very life as a termination of a sense of egoism, and instead an eternal, pure spirit is uncovered. This 'desire-les...
What is the meaning of some of the images that express Tao, such as ying yang? Also, in what ways do we experience seasons of life and what role does our inability to grasp them cause us distress or not (i.e. Taoism has respect for seasons of life)?
Analyze the Five Pillars of Islam.
1. Why do you think they are referred to as pillars of Islam?
2. Discuss and analyze each of these pillars and the ways that they together provide a comprehensive lifestyle and a moral/ethical framework for the varied peoples who comprise the 1.3 billion Musl...
Using stereotypical language and style from the Old Testament, craft a prophecy to deliver on the capitol steps of Washington D.C. Carefully craft a prophecy which draws on the same kinds of concerns that bothered the Old Testament prophets. Pick issues in our culture today that have direct parallel...
Demonstration of basic knowledge of world religious traditions by creating a conversation/story that illustrates mastery of concepts from different world religions:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the respective faith traditions (perceive similarities and differences in doctrine, ritual performance, a...
Incorporating at least 3 sources, please help write a response paper to the following:
Compare and contrast Judaism and Jainism in the following areas:
1. Belief in a God or gods.
2. Belief in life after death.
3. Ethical beliefs.
Is one or the other of these religions more ...
1. The doctrine of the "separation of church and state" has been very significant for American political thought. How do politics and government influence religion? How does religion influence politics and government? In your opinion, what should the relationships among them be?
2. Are Taoism and...
1: What arguments can be made for the use of animals to improve human life? What arguments can be made against the use of animals to improve human life?
2: Why is religious tolerance necessary? What are the limits of religious tolerance?
3: What is the difference, if any, between a religion t...
What is the prevailing understanding of evil in the world today?
(1)What is the basic affirmation of the goodness of the creation?
(2) What the explanation for the reality of evil, tragedy, and innocent human suffering in God's good creation
(3) What is a Trinitarian account of God's respon...
The question described: Catholicism affirms that the center and core of Christian faith is not a book, the Bible, but a person: Jesus Christ, the 'Word of God', crucified and risen from the dead, and that both Bible and Tradition bear witness to God's revelation in and through him. In his book "Spe...
From Theoretical To Practical: Developing Tillich's Apologetics by Wendy Morrison found at:
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The God above God found at
1. Do humans have free will?
2. Are human beings individually responsible for our bad behavior?
3. Are human beings essentially evil?
4. What is evil? What makes something evil?
We will improve our understanding of the problem of evil if we compare our answers for questions 1-4 with answers ...
Consider the Five Pillars of Islam. Which one would you choose to compare with Judaism and Christianity?
- Creed (Shahadah)
- Prayer (Salat)
- Charity to the Poor (Zakat)
- Fasting during Ramadan (Sawm)
- Pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj)
Different cultures around the world and throughout history have had numerous gods and goddesses. In spite of the variety of divinities it appears that they tend to fulfill similar roles and needs within the respective societies. Why is this so?
Responsibility: To ourselves and to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
This Scripture verse is from the Old Testament, Joshua 1:9
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
There are many religions in the world today and each of them has a different view of viewing God and the world. The relationship of a member of the said religions with the supremem being of his religion depends on the way he relates with the fellow men and other creatures. Comparing one ancient reli...
1.) Identify the cultural factors that led to the development of Jainism and/or Sikhism.
2.) Identify the primary beliefs in Jainism and/or Sikhism.
3.) Analyze and evaluate the strict ethical standards of Jainism.
4.) Identify those characteristics that make Jainism and Sikhism minor relig...
The Bible teaches that we have one life to live and then we face judgement. How big of a difference is this from the Hindu belief that we have many lives to live, i.e. our soul is reincarnated after our death? Is reincarnation a significant difference between Hinduism and Western religions?