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Religion and Politics: The Impact of Religious Thesis

… Religion & Politics: The Impact of Religious Affiliation on Voting Choices of Americans

RELIGION and POLITICS: THE IMPACT of RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION on VOTING CHOICES of AMERICANS

Although the separation of church and state has been long heralded as one of the benefits of American freedom, a study of religion's role in ethnic and social groups suggests the importance of the demographic in political identity formation and, hence, voting patterns in the United States.

Traditionally and historically religious affiliation has been believed to have a great impact upon the voting choices of individuals. This work examines this issue in the attempt to disseminate the actual impact of church membership and religious affiliation upon partisanship of those church members and religious adherents.

RELIGION and the LATINO COMMUNITY…. [read more]


Religion and Politics Religion Today the Average Thesis

… Religion and Politics

Religion Today

The average day of most individuals is that of waking up early, rushing to work to give 110% of themselves and their efforts and then rushing back home to give another 100% to the family chores. In this dynamic and stressful environment, a question is being posed relative to the role of religion. While some will argue that religion plays a decreasing role in our modern society, others will state that its importance is increasing as more and more people turn to God. The findings actually indicate that the first theory might be more compelling and is supported by the decreasing numbers of churchgoers as well as by the increasing numbers of books condemning religion (such as Christopher Hitchens' God…. [read more]


How Religion Shapes Society Thesis

… ¶ … Religion Shaped American…

How Religion Shapes Society

"How Religion Shaped American Society"

"How Religion Shaped American Society"

Ignorance of Other Religions before WWII

American society prior to WWII would seem to have been relatively insular when it came to faith. When WWII brought the plight of the Jews and even the Catholics, also targeted by Hitler to the forefront of the minds of the world religion became an issue of greater diversity than it ever had been before. The various Christian denominations that were present in the early colonies, mostly protestant in nature or faiths that had been adopted since then were the mainstay and most people were ignorant of other religions until WWII when diversity of religion was expanded and secularism came…. [read more]


Religion and Society Research Proposal

… ¶ … Catholic Religion Over the Last 100 Years

Allsopp, M. And O'Keefe, J.J. (1995). Veritas splendor: American responses.

Kansas City, MO: Sheed & Ward.

Authors Allsopp and O'Keefe explore Pope John Paul II's encyclical Veritas Splendor, an extensive analysis of Catholic morality which has come under extreme criticism over the last fifty years. In this book, the authors offer a series of essays that deal with the various responses of American Catholics to this highly-controversial document.

Bokenkotter, T. (2000). A concise history of the catholic church. New York: Image Books.

As an updated edition, this expansive history on the Roman Catholic Church examines in great detail the various events and doctrines that have helped to determine the Catholic Church's present status in the world.…. [read more]


Fundamentalism Christianity Thesis

… ¶ … Christians

The prevalence and impact of religious fundamentalism among the peoples of the world has been of great and growing interest to the global community in the past decade, and indeed in the latter half of the twentieth century. As at various other periods throughout human history, the differences between different religious beliefs and the populations that adhere to them are playing a more prominent role in world politics, and the question of fundamentalist behaviors must be addressed. It is not only abroad -- and, to be frank, in Arabic and Islamic countries -- that one can find religious fundamentalism at work, however. Though Islam and Muslims, specifically those living in theocracies and dictatorships, have received increased scrutiny of late, fundamentalist sects are…. [read more]


Ritual Knowledge Is Transmitted in Aboriginal Religion Essay

… ¶ … ritual knowledge is transmitted in Aboriginal religion.

One of the difficulties with discussing how ritual knowledge is transmitted in Aboriginal religion is the fact that few Aborigines have discussed the process in a scholarly context. Instead, outside observers have attempted to discuss the process, and, in doing so, have oftentimes failed to understand significant portions of Aboriginal religion. A stark example of this arises when one considers the seeming contrast that exists in the works of Kaberry and Warner; the male's perspective suggests that women play an insignificant role in religion and the transmission of religious tradition, while the female's perspective reveals that women play a dynamic and essential role in the religion, and, therefore, in the transmission of knowledge. This seeming dichotomy…. [read more]


Catholic Church Public Policy in Spain and US Thesis

… As I previously mentioned, the Spanish population is religiously homogeneous. Roman Catholics compose of 99% of the population, while the remaining 1% of the population is composed of those belonging to Jewish, Protestant, Muslim, and Buddhist faiths. In relation to other countries in the European Union, Spain boasts one of the most "religious" populations. As data from a study of religiosity in the European shows, as late as 1982, only Ireland surpasses Spain in religious practice. Further, by the end of the decade, the percentage of individuals identifying themselves as "religious persons" ranged from a low of 48% in Denmark to 72% in the Irish Republic. The Spanish percentage of 68% exceeded all other countries except Ireland, Portugal and Greece. In stark contrast to the…. [read more]


Japanese Religion Essay

… Zen Buddhism can often be misinterpreted and, if that happens, it is because, to think of it as a religious concept, it's very easy when, in fact, Zen, at its origins, is something derived from action and not from words. What we mean to say is that Zen's self-perception is of a path, as in the way for someone to experience what will eventually lead to an understanding of the meaning of life. However, Zen understanding is said to come not from the mind, that is to say, from logical thinking and philosophy, but rather that it is derived from insight. Moreover, a Zen perspective is to acknowledge that language itself is poor in describing the ways of life and reality, and thus, insufficient enough…. [read more]


Russian Orthodox Religion Term Paper

… The law "On Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations" became official in October, 1990, Knox explains. It totally "contradicted the existing legislation" -- which was Stalin's 1929 degree "On Religious Associations" -- by allowing "far-reaching freedoms for religious communities," Knox continued.

The preamble to the new legislation had four objectives, presented here: a) to guarantee "citizens' right to express their attitude toward religion"; b) to guarantee the right "…to exercise religious rites"; c) to guarantee "equality regardless of religious conviction"; and d) to regulate "the activity of religious organizations" (Knox). However, two months later, when the Soviet Union was officially ended, that event also meant that the laws in existence at that time were null and void, and so with the new "Russian Federation" (filling…. [read more]


Political Framework of Islam Term Paper

… The responsibility for the administration of the government in an Islamic state is entrusted to an amir (leader) who may be compared to the president or the prime minister in a Western democratic state. All adult men and women who subscribe to the fundamentals of the constitution are entitled to vote for the election of the amir. The basic qualifications for an amir are that he should command the confidence if the majority in respect of his knowledge and grasp of the spirit of Islam, that he should posses the Islamic quality of fear of Allah and that he should be endowed with qualities of statesmanship. In short, he should have both virtue and ability. A shoora (Advisory council) is also elected by the people…. [read more]


Influence of Shinto Religion in Japanese Politics Thesis

… ¶ … Shinto Religion on Japanese Politics

This work makes an examination of Shinto and the influence held by this religion on the politics in Japan.

This work intends to disseminate the beliefs of Shinto and then apply these beliefs to the impact that the have attempted to convey into the political landscape and the successes and gains or lacks of the two be measured.

The methodology of this study will be of a qualitative nature, which will be through the form of an extensive yet brief review of literature in this area of study. Qualitative research is interpretive in nature.

The Meaning and Source of Shinto

The work of Machiaki Okuyama entitled: "Shinto in the Japanese Religious System and the Western Influence" states that…. [read more]


Histories of the United States Research Proposal

… The Baptist Church began to emerge in the Southern states as an important influence and would play an integral part in the South developing into one of the nation's most conservative religious areas.

Although the influence of each of these religions varied, they all impacted in some fashion in how the country developed. On a national level their influence may have been minimal but on a local level their influence was considerable. The purpose of this study will be to measure this influence and analyze how this influence changed society and contributed to any changes in general religious philosophy.

Conclusion

The purpose of this research is to examine how religious philosophy affected how the United States developed as a nation and how changes in religious…. [read more]


World Religions Essay

… ¶ … Hindu influences in America.

Although the United States did not receive Asian immigrants in large numbers until the twentieth century, Hinduism has had a deep and lasting influence on American culture, politics, and social life. The most notable example of how Hinduism has indirectly affected the United States is the influence of Mahatma Gandhi on Martin Luther King, Jr. In the late 1950s and early 1960s. In the late 1960s, the hippie movement embraced Hinduism via the Beatles and other cultural icons. From that social movement, Hinduism began to influence American culture via alternative spiritualities, the New Age movement, and widespread interest in yoga and meditation. Hinduism has left a distinct mark on American society and culture.

The Civil Rights movement in the…. [read more]


Autobiography Spiritual Journey Term Paper

… ¶ … Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, I experienced a car accident that was instrumental to my spiritual awakening. Although the spiritual path I took diverged considerably from Trungpa Rinpoche's, I have also been steeped in Buddhist traditions. Trungpa Rinpoche was born in Tibet and fled the region during the same time that His Holiness the Dalai Lama did. Trungpa Rinpoche also helped his fellow monks find freedom across the Himalayas in India.

Reading the fascinating life story of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, I become aware of the many similarities and differences that characterize our spiritual journies. Like Trungpa Rinpoche, I was born into a specific religion. In my early childhood I was taught about Christianity, but later discovered that it was not a suitable faith for me.…. [read more]


French Revolution When Historians and Others Engage Term Paper

… French Revolution

When historians and others engage in discussion on the French Revolution, they begin with discussions about why the people of France became unhappy and began rioting, bringing about a violent end to France's royal family and many members of nobility on August10, 1789 (Gough 2007 373). A revolution is not just about deposing a ruler or a despot to replace with another whether that other is Church or State. The events that occurred following August 4, 1789, and the events that precipitated the night of August 4, 1789, are matters of religion and politics, and how the French Revolution went terribly wrong (Schwab 1995 221). At the heart of the problem, and the position taken here, is that the revolution collapsed from with…. [read more]


Taliban and Its Impacts on Afghan Book Review

… ¶ … Taliban and its impacts on Afghan and world cultures are not easy to discuss within a completely objective framework and in only 153 pages of text. However, Peter Marsden successfully brings several muddled issues into focus in his book the Taliban: War, Religion and the New World Order in Afghanistan. Marsden presents a broad-minded political, historical, religious, and cultural overview of the Taliban, in order to create dialogue and open discussion. By encouraging objectivity toward and resisting criticism of the Taliban, Marsden creates opportunities for meaningful two-way discussions that would otherwise be impossible. In addition to offering background information on the Taliban movement including its origin and various influences, Marsden discusses the difficulties with forming a cohesive diplomatic policy toward the Taliban. Background…. [read more]


Tudor Dynasty Essay

… ¶ … Tudor dynasty was arguably one of the most eventful and consequential in the history of England. It spanned from the final decades of the 15th century to the first couple years of the 17th century. During this time period, the dynasty produced substantial effects on the three primary areas of English life: religion, economics, and politics -- all of which influenced the culture of the country and the zeitgeist of the time. Some of these ramifications were unequivocally caused by the various monarchs of this dynasty and their particular passions and preferences. One may argue, however, that some of these effects were simply a result of the age during which the dynasty existed, and reflected general trends throughout Western Civilization and other parts…. [read more]


Impact of Crusades on the West Research Paper

… It brought about a revolution not only those directly involved in the religious wars but also affected those that found out about the finer tastes that were being enjoyed by the higher living standards of the eastern society

Impact on Education and Intellectual Growth

The cultural and overall sophistication the ravaging crusaders met with as a result of the continuous interaction with the astonishingly delightful lives being led by the eastern societies brought upon the western outlook of life a change of infinite measures, even as they were forced to reflect upon the comparatively appalling state of their own living standards. The fine etiquettes, the beautifully designed houses, the use of the shining marbles in the properly designed towns and cities left a lasting impact,…. [read more]


al-Assad: Religious Minority Rule in Syria Research Paper

… al-Assad family has ruled Syria with an iron fist for the past 40 years, and the fallout from the recent uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa have also affected the Syrian people. The purpose of this research is to explore how the al-Assad family, members of a religious minority, came to power in Syria, and what that has meant for the Syrian people. To this end, this study examines how the Alawi sect came to power in Syria from a historiographic and religious studies perspective, and what the implications of the recent revolutions in neighboring countries might be for the ruling elite in Syria. A summary of the research and important findings are presented in the study's conclusion.



How a…. [read more]


Social and Political Differences Among the American Colonies Thesis

… ¶ … Social and Political Differences Among the Pre-Revolutionary American Colonies

The United States of America has a name that might be historically misleading. Though this year marks the two-hundred-and-twentieth anniversary of the establishment of the current government of the country, the term "united" is still in some ways more of an ideal than a reality. The differentiation between "red" and "blue" states that pundits and politicians alike refer to in every national election is only the most obvious and prevalent example of how political operations in the many states of this union vary. Differences in social practices and norms based on region and even state identity are arguably even greater than the political differences; Texas culture and cooking could hardly be considered normative in…. [read more]


Business Culture and Expansion Trends Research Paper

… , Mrs., Miss plus the complete name is deemed respectful; sincerity is considered the very best policy hence no overselling is required; it is considered inappropriate to speak in a loud tone as well; politics, sports, and weather condition are great conversational subjects, and could be fiercely discussed and in order to be a great conversationalist, it is important remain present and notified on crucial subjects; it is also recommended to avoid complicating New Zealand and Australia as part of one nation, as they are 2 unique nations. If you are not knowledgeable about New Zealand, hang around prior to your journey to find out about the history and culture (Trevor-Roberts et al., 2003).

c. Religion.

In New Zealand, simply over half of the populace…. [read more]


Compare and Contrast Buddhism in Two Different Buddhist Countries Essay

… ¶ … Buddhism in Two Countries

Like the other major world religions, Buddhism has been influenced by, and influenced, the culture in the countries where it has developed and thrived. The result is that it is impossible to state that there is a single type of Buddhism or for an outsider to really understand the religion that is being practiced simply by knowing that it is a form of Buddhism. The two major forms of Buddhism are Theravada and Mahayana. Although both forms of Buddhism are practiced on a global scale, they are also linked to certain geographic areas. Theravada is the type of Buddhism practiced in Sir Lanka and Southeast Asian countries like Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar. Mahayana is more common in East…. [read more]


Post Enlightenment Political Thought Term Paper

… ¶ … post-enlightenment period we see the increasing acknowledgment, both for better and worse, of groups who had historically been marginalized or ignored by traditional European political thought. Where before Jews had been marginalized due to religious Christian anti-Semitism, now they were being marginalized because they had introduced conscience and dampened man's natural ardor. Ironically, post-modernist analysis has contributed to and/or exacerbated persecution of Jews in the post-enlightenment period when liberalism has been the most widespread by giving anti-Semitism a patina of intellectual respectability. Indeed, the earlier anti-Semitism was very simply based itself in religious exclusion. Now, Jews were subjected to this philosophical ghettoization in the garb of sociology and economics.

While on both extremes of the argument there is an attempt to lionize or…. [read more]


Nigeria -- Unreached People Spread Term Paper

… ¶ … Nigeria -- Unreached People

Spread of Christianity in Nigeria

Nigeria is one of the most populous countries in Africa. It consists of at least 400 diverse ethnic groups with their own customs and traditions, language, social values and belief system. In order to comprehend the conflict in Nigeria, one must study the demographics first. Nigeria is divided into two zones (Eleazu, 1985):

Northern savannah zone

Southern forest zone

Niger and Benue River separates the northern and southern state from between. This area is called as Middle Belt and is the center of Muslim/Christian fights (Eleazu, 1985).

The northern portion of Nigeria is segmented in three ethnic groups:

Kanuri: They are found around the area of Lake Chad in north eastern zone.

Hausa: It…. [read more]


High Degree of Misinformation Essay

… Discuss the changes.

Prior to taking this course, in many ways I considered Christianity to be a static religion. I had not given thought to the notion that Christianity changed rapidly in the first few centuries of its practice. I noticed several critical changes in the practice of Christianity in the first century AD and its later practice. The first change was the idea of a Christ centered church with Jesus as the only leader. The second change was the idea of a church with multiple elders to focusing power on a single leader. The third change was the idea that church leadership should remain local to the shifting of power to leaders located away from the church's physical area. The fourth change was a…. [read more]


Black Death an Analysis Research Paper

… " Elsewhere come reports of the stench that arose from the mass graves of churchyards or the trenches in London. Looking back on it, James gives a somber perspective:

We know, as 14th century people suspected, that the mortality caused by the bubonic plague of the Black Death was the worst demographic disaster in the history of the world. We also know that the mortality came to an end in the first outbreak soon after 1350; contemporaries could not have known this would happen -- so far as they were concerned everyone might well die. Some treated each day as if it were their last: moral and sexual codes were broken, while the marriage market was revitalized by those who had lost partners in the…. [read more]


Arab Invasion of the Persian Empire Term Paper

… ¶ … Arab invasion of the Persian empire. The writer illustrates that the conversion to Islam by the Zorastrians was by choice not by force. The writer also demonstrates an understanding of the Arab invasion of Persia, and the impact it had on the Persian culture and religion.

Religious beliefs are supposed to be carried out peacefully and without anger or violence. Turn the other cheek, Love thy neighbor and shalom all carry connotations of peace, harmony and acceptance. While this sounds good in theory, the reality of the examination of religion is that there has been much violence and unrest during the evolvement of various faiths. One such conversion has been the subject of debate for many years. The conversion from the Zorastrians to…. [read more]


Greene's the Power Term Paper

… This was therefore a time of suffering for religious officials.

The suffering was however used for the purpose of resistance, and Catholic organizations were brought about to resist the harsh measures of the government that attempted to destroy them (Tuck). The National League for the Defense of Religious Liberty (Spanish acronym LNDLR), founded in 1924, the Mexican Association of Catholic Youth (ACJM), started in 1913, and the Popular Union (UP), a political party founded in 1925, counted as the most prominent of these. Once again, religious organization provided military forces with officers to provide resistance.

In contrast to this fighting spirit, Greene's priest fought a much more personal battle. Instead of military resistance, he attempted to save himself by fleeing the harsh political measures, while…. [read more]


Redemptive Role of the Black Church for the 21st Century Thesis

… ¶ … Redemptive Role of the Black Church

How did African-Americans in the South and elsewhere develop their own places of worship before and after the Civil War? What was the African-American church like when the war ended and slavery was abolished? What were their experiences during the time they went about creating their own Christian culture apart from the influence of the Caucasian community of believers? And what part has the Christian Church played in the social and spiritual lives of African-Americans subsequent to Emancipation? Those questions and more will be addressed in this paper, along with scholarly research from credible, interesting sources.

Obie Clayton, Jr., professor of Sociology at Morehouse College, writes that the black churches "…throughout the periods of slavery, Reconstruction, and…. [read more]


Anti-Semitism Provide Illustration Essay

… (It should be noted that many Christians still did engage in usury amongst themselves, but the 'attitude' remained that it was evil and was a significant source of anti-Semitism). "the ever increasing tax burdens, on the one hand, and the relatively large profits to be made with virtually no risk, on the other, encouraged Jews to engage in moneylending on ever larger scales" (Roth 2013). The idea that Jews are 'good with money' persists even today, and is used to justify stereotyping Jewish people. Other notions attached to this concept are the idea that Jews are wealthy, control the nation's banks, are innately 'crafty' and are thus are to blame for any economic problems which may arise. This is perhaps the most pernicious form of…. [read more]

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