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Protestant Work Ethic Essay

In New England’s Massachusetts Colony, The large number of people who ascribed to the lifestyle of the Puritans did much to firmly establish a presence on American soil. Bound together, they established a community that maintained a healthy economy, established a school system, and focused an efficient eye on political . . . Read more

The Beginning Of Hinduism

Hinduism is the oldest of the major world religions. It began so long ago that no one really knows how old it really is, but it goes back at least 5000 years. The Hindus think it has always existed. The name ‘Hindu’ comes from an old name for people who . . . Read more

Judaism versus Christianity

A comparison of Judaism and Christianity provides many interesting perspectives on the issue of faith that characterize and separates them. These two faiths have much in common yet there are glaring fundamental differences that separate them. What makes the contrasts between Judaism and Christianity so fascinating is that in spite . . . Read more

Anatta in Buddhism

The teaching of ‘no self’ or anatta in Buddhism can be a misleading one. There are many different views and interpretations on the subject and over the course of this essay, we will discuss the various understandings of anatta. The first thing that is needed to do when examining this . . . Read more

An Essay on Paganism: Good or Evil?

The literal term pagan comes from the Latin word Paganus, literally meaning country-dweller or rustic. If you were to ask other Wiccans (pagans) they would probably give you a different answer, but they would all have a ring of familiarity with each other. The reason they would all kind of . . . Read more

Nirmal Baba explained the concept of Daswand

Meaning and Importance Daswand is an age-old tradition of voluntary offering or rather (more aptly put) a sacrifice unto the Supreme Lord as mentioned in Gita. It means the sacrifice of 10% of your earnings and is often misunderstood as Guru dakshina which it is not, it is a sacrifice . . . Read more

Nyishi Myths on the Creation of Universe

According to Nyishi mythology, before the creation or evolution of the universe, there was emptiness and nothing existed. This particular phase was called Miim-Mama. After the phase of Miim-Mama there were two concurrent phases which were called Kullu and Kurium. Among the Nyishis, there are three different hypotheses/stories of the . . . Read more

Religious Belief a Fundamental Want or Need?

In my opinion, religious belief is a fundamental want and not a need. The reason it’s a want as opposed to a need is that religion is something that has been around for years. Over such years it’s been changed from generation to generation. The one thing that hastens change . . . Read more

Hinduism the Worlds Third Largest Religion

This essay briefly examines the world’s third-largest religion, which isn’t a religion at all! Introduction Hinduism is a system of belief that claims over 700 adherents, most of them in India. It is based on the practice of Dharma, the Code of Life, and is not strictly a religion. Nevertheless, . . . Read more

Abraham Terah and the idols

The historical figure of Abraham Assuming that the father of the three current monotheist religions did really exist, he should have lived, according to the first historians having studied that issue, in the 20th century BC, the date that other historians will descend finally to 18th century BC. And because . . . Read more

The Elohim Essay

The members of some sects identifying themselves with the descendants of the Elohim, it is worth knowing what they mean by Elohim. According to them, these Elohim are divine creatures originating from other planets or galaxies, and they came, in old time, on earth, with their high intelligence, so that . . . Read more

Does the Exodus Book belong to History?

Do the Book of Exodus and other books of Pentateuch belong to History? Some scholars, by reading the Bible and the texts related to it, have expressed strong reserves as far as the historical veracity of events such as Exodus is concerned. But nobody can doubt, as Mr. Guy Rachet . . . Read more

Search for Atlantis of Plato

Among all the theories which have emerged from the speech of Plato, to know where is located the Atlantis island, and why it has disappeared, there is one which is rarely evoked and located the Atlantis on the celestial planisphere. From now on, the issue is: where to locate that . . . Read more

Discourse from Pope Benedict XVI at Ratisbonne

In his allocation of Ratisbonne, Pope Benedict XVI declares, among other things: (the translation in English – here from the french version of the discourse – is from us): In the seventh dialogue (dialexis – controversy) published by professor Khoury, the emperor [Manuel II Paléologue] approached the theme of jihad, . . . Read more

ONE WORLD, THREE SECTS, ONE FAITH?

ONE WORLD, THREE SECTS, ONE FAITH? One can logically conclude that there are three dominant religions spanning across Earth’s oceans and many continents in the 21st century. Each of the three religions preaches tolerance towards one another as well as other religions in the sphere of humanity. However, these teachings . . . Read more

Christian Crusades and Muslim Massacres

In the early part of the eleventh century, Christians led crusades to spread Christianity to the other religions of the world, mainly Muslims. However, the Crusades were not initially meant to be a religious war but instead to protect the Christians going on religious pilgrimages to Jerusalem from being persecuted . . . Read more

Analysis of the Six Major World Religions

World religions are religions that are not only widely known but are also contrived by millions of worshipers. The six most popular world religions; Hinduism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity are practiced by at least four billion people alone, almost three-fourths of the world’s population. These religions have many . . . Read more

Radical Islamic Revivalism And Nuclear Terrorism

On September 11th, 2001, the world was shocked and appalled to learn of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. A terrorist attack of such precision and magnitude was unheard of. In the wake of those attacks, individuals and nations alike have been forced to re-evaluate . . . Read more

Shari’a Law and its Role

What is Shari’a and what role does it play in the lives of Muslims? This essay primarily seeks to determine what Shari’a is through an examination of its four main sources, or ‘usul. Firstly, the Qur’an and Sunna, which are generally considered divine law and the basic immutable truth for . . . Read more

Miracles are a Logical Impossibility

A miracle is held to be an act of God, or an invisible agent, which goes against the laws of nature and has some religious meaning or significance. This is just one definition; there are many explanations as to what a miracle actually is. Hume says a miracle is: ‘ . . . Read more

His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama

“For as long as space endures And for as long as living beings remain, Until then may I too abide To dispel the misery of the world”(The Office of Tibet). He often cites this favourite verse, found in the writings of the renowned eighth-century Buddhist saint Shantideva, to explain his . . . Read more

An Analysis of Buddhism

Buddhism is one of the more mainstream religions in the world and it is continually expanding throughout the world. Buddhism comes from budhi, which means “to awaken”, the goal of Buddhism. Like all religions, there are many sects of Buddhism. There are over 80,000 different types of Buddhism, the two . . . Read more

The True Islamic Morals

Some people who say they are acting in the name of religion may misunderstand their religion or practise it wrongly. For this reason, it is a mistake to form any idea of that religion from the activities of these people. The best way to understand Islam is through its holy . . . Read more

How Prayer Accelerates the Treatment of the Sick

Your Lord says, “Call on Me and I will answer you. Those who are too proud to worship Me will enter Hell abject.” (Qur’an, 40:60) According to the Qur’an, prayer, meaning “calling, giving expression, requesting, seeking help,” is a person’s turning sincerely to Allah, and seeking help from Him, the . . . Read more

Islam’s Acceptance of Judaism and Christianity

We are living in an era in which the world is desperately in need of peace, friendship, and solidarity. The tensions and conflicts that so defined the twentieth century continue in this new century and innocent people all around the world continue to suffer from them. Despite the urgent need . . . Read more

The Influence of Gandhi

Gandhi was an important man in India, who influenced much of the country. He was born in Western India in 1869 and was raised Hindu. At age thirteen, Gandhi entered his arranged marriage and a few years later went to attend law school in London. In 1893, Gandhi became an . . . Read more

Philosophy of Religion

There are laws of this universe that humankind does not understand the origins of. Humans are limited by their limited (but growing) knowledge. A God would be greater than the most unlimited force imaginable, for God would be omnipotent. God, if he exists, is perfect. Philosophers try to determine the . . . Read more

Information on Hindu Practices and Teachings

Hinduism has many ceremonies and rituals. First off, they all believe that the priest had to read the newborn baby’s horoscope to determine the name. They looked at the stars and drew the night sky. That helped to show the baby’s future. If the name were not informed there would . . . Read more

A History of Christianity

Somewhere in the sixth century BCE Buddhism was born, born from a single man Siddhartha Guatama, the Buddha. After gaining his enlightenment under the Bodhi tree, the Buddha didn’t think that the rest of the world could handle all that he had learned. He did not want to teach others, . . . Read more

The Need for Humans to Find Faith

“Life is a battle between faith and reason in which each feeds upon the other, drawing sustenance from it and destroying it.” Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971), a famous American theologian, wrote this quotation. It is Niebuhr who understands the concept of faith and accepts it as reality. What binds faith into . . . Read more

Siddhartha, Inner-knowledge And Self-realization

Siddhartha realized that happiness comes from spiritual peace and he spent his entire life searching for spiritual completion. His quest for inner-knowledge and self-realization developed in four stages. The first stage is that of an orthodox Brahmin’s son. In this stage, he read scriptures and performed the ritualistic sacrifice. The . . . Read more

Religion Essay on Sikhism

Sikhism is the world’s fifth-largest religion. Sikhism is one of the younger faiths of the world, as compared with religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity or Islam. It is a monotheistic faith, preaching the existence of only one God, and teaching ideas that may be universally accepted today and in . . . Read more

Ancient Religious Philosophy of Jainism

Jainism is one of the world’s oldest religions whose roots go back to times before recorded history. Those who follow Jainism are known as Ajaina or the followers of Jinas, from whom the teachings of this religion have been derived. Jainism’s teachers of old whose wisdom and spiritual evolution are . . . Read more

Are Americans Over Influenced by Christianity in Society?

How did Christianity originate? According to the official teaching of the Christian Churches, “it originated in certain unique events which occurred in Palestine under the Roman emperors Augustus and Tiberius” (Robertson 63). Christianity is a religion in which events are claimed to have occurred but which can never be proved. . . . Read more

The Nature of Transcendental Meditation

A surface definition of Transcendental Meditation pictures it as a natural practice of relaxation for two 20-minute periods each day. During the process, one repeats a word, known as a *mantra*, in such a way that its rhythmic repetition aids the relaxation effort. The promoters of TM present it as . . . Read more

The Voice of Authority in Religion

The Voice of Authority by George W. Marston asks a very important question: “Is the Voice of Authority God or Man?” Everyone has their own believes in truth and conduct. Whatever generated those beliefs inside each person, is that person’s voice of authority. That generator is either God or man. . . . Read more

Analysis of Follies in Religion

I believe that religion is a crutch for the weak-minded. Religion extends to those who believe in it a sense of knowledge and understanding of the universe. It does not, however, offer any proof to back up its claims. Furthermore, people who devote all of their reasoning to a simple . . . Read more

Religions of the Republic of Ireland

In The Republic of Ireland, 93% of the citizens are Roman Catholic, 3% are Church of Ireland, and 4% are either Presbyterian or agnostic. Religion affects all aspects of society, especially politically because nearly all of the political leaders in The Republic of Ireland are Catholic; therefore the Catholic Church . . . Read more

The Sovereignty And Goodness Of God

Several factors played a part as to why Mary Rowlandson endured her captivity. One factor was that she had good housewife skills. Her status in the English community was also a factor. Pure luck is always a factor in a situation such as hers. But, the single most important factor . . . Read more

Religious Broadcasting

In this essay, I am going to talk about how the media portrays religious broadcasting. There are two main types of religious broadcasting these are worship and magazine, a religious programme will usually broadcast an entire Christian service. This service will include hymn singing, prayers, interviews and testimonials. A magazine . . . Read more

Comparing the Bible and the Rig-Veda

The Rig-Veda is a collection of hymns, which contain the mythology of the Hindu gods, and is considered to be one of the foundations of the Hindu religion. The Rig Veda was passed on orally for many generations. When they were written down, they were first written in Vedic, an . . . Read more

Differences of Buddhism and Hinduism

Throughout the history of mankind, most civilizations have had some kind of belief system or religion. In Asia, two of the belief systems that they practice there are Buddhism and Hinduism. Hinduism and Buddhism are similar in many ways since Hinduism was derived from Buddhism. Both religions were polytheistic and . . . Read more

Controversy over Religion in Schools

The controversies are raging today as to whether prayer should be allowed, or even mandated, in public schools. People of religious control over secular institutions and public schools argue that it is well within the first amendment to allow prayer in public schools, while opponents argue that this changes the . . . Read more

Conflicting Beliefs in Islamic Religion

According to much of the Western culture Islam has been seen as a backwards and dangerous religion. This may be because of the ignorance of the Western culture or just the failure to completely understand the teachings behind the actions. The Western culture also only looks at the aspects that . . . Read more

Intracisies of Buddhism

Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, who lived in northern India from 560 to 480 B.C, founded Buddhism Buddhism, one of the major religions of the world. The time of the Buddha was one of social and religious change, marked by the further advance of Aryan civilization into the Ganges Plain, the . . . Read more

Religious Comparison of Christianity and Islam

You had to know history to understand what Bosnia and Kosovo were all about. That conflict proved that the war between Christianity and Islam has never ended. Over the ages, it simply took on different forms. Because we live in such a highly secularized society, we cannot believe that America . . . Read more

Denis Diderot’s Influence on the Enlightenment

Denis Diderot was the most prominent of the French Encyclopedists, and his attacks on the political systems of France were some of the largest benefactors of the French Revolution. Diderot spent thirty years of his life compiling the Encyclopedie- an immense contribution to the Enlightenment of Europe- and dedicating the . . . Read more

Cross Religion Study Religion and Women

THE ROLE AND IMPORTANCE OF WOMEN 1) a woman who helped from the history of the tradition or who contributed to the historical development and cultural understanding of the religious tradition; a woman who, by her life, teaching and attitude, challenged or preserved the tradition and in some cases made . . . Read more

Interfaith Dialogue and Ecumenical Developments

At the very core of every religion are gratitude, love and sincerity which are expressed in a variety of ways and yet they express and celebrate a shared essence. Good morning Sr. Margaret, Mr. Hazzaratti and Mr. Matek Today we will be explaining the common elements in religious expression in . . . Read more

Studies of Religion

Topic: Religion is a worldview that acknowledges a Sacred Mystery that is imminent and/or Transcendent. Explain this statement. Religion is a worldview that acknowledges a Sacred Mystery that is imminent and/or Transcendent. Religion is a set of beliefs, values, and practices based on the teachings of a spiritual leader, it . . . Read more

Paradoxes Mythology and Emotion in Western Religion

Jung embarks upon a psychological discussion of religion through means of analysis, comparisons, and critiques of Western and Eastern tradition in hopes of finding a medium ground between the two cultures and a more stable, more fulfilled and healthy, spiritual self. As we shall discover, Jung, a Western Christian, places . . . Read more

Fascinating belief system of Buddhism

In reading this account on Buddhism, the goal is, for you (the reader) to understand a fascinating belief system, that has been around since before Christ ever set foot on this earth. This will provide a connection to the minds and hearts of the people who live and die in . . . Read more

The Jewish Emancipation in 19th century Germany

Introduction “Even more so will you have to ensure that in the midst of a tautly educated and bred race you won’t make yourself a laughing stock through walking about scruffily crooked and lopsided? When, at last, you recognize your unconstructive build, the high shoulders, the clumsy feet, and the . . . Read more

Roman Catholic Baptism

The ritual that I chose to attend was a Roman Catholic baptism. This ritual was held on a Sunday afternoon. As I approached the church, there were approximately ten babies in white garments being admired by proud parents and families. Finally, everyone entered the church and took their seats in . . . Read more

Religious Imagery

Religion was a very vital part of life during the time of Hagar Shipley in the novel, The Stone Angel. It comes as no surprise that there is a strong presence of religious imagery throughout the novel. Through the positive and negative views on the church and religion portrayed by . . . Read more

How Religion Can be Taught at School

Searching for an Appropriate Relation between Religion and Curriculum Design In recent years, increasing diverse attitudes to religious education in the classroom make many private and public schools have to face the controversy of ¡¨should religion be taught as a subject at schools?¡¨ (e.g., Kaiser, 2003; Slattery & Rapp, 2003; . . . Read more

Comparison and Contrast between Spanish and French Religion

Catholic Schooling is a significant issue in early American history. After Christopher Columbus landed in 1492, the English people, French, and Spaniard extended their territories and assimilated Indian by assigning missionaries and governors to develop Catholic schools in the New World. The Catholic schools in European colonies were established not . . . Read more

Christian Symbolism in The Matrix

The Matrix is a futuristic, post-apocalyptic story of a man who struggles with the notion that he is the “One” chosen to liberate the world. Indeed, when Neo learns he is trapped in a computer-controlled world where nothing is real, he must accept his fate (a concept which he does . . . Read more