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Religion Qualifications of the Divine Essay

… Buddhism is a religion that challenges the mind to contemplate existential paradoxes. There is no Absolute Reality, but everything is Absolute Reality at the same time. Absolute Reality is Nothingness, but it remains possible to be conscious of nothingness while still being alive and in the world. Buddhism suggests that Absolute Reality is qualified by consciousness, which is why meditation offers the key to achieving the Absolute Reality. Absolute Reality is liberation from suffering, as explained in the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism. Life is suffering, meaning that human beings typically contend with anxiety, anger, and anguish. These types of suffering are a direct product of desire, or craving. To eliminate suffering and achieve a divine state of mind, one must eliminate desire by following…. [read more]


Interview of an Individual Term Paper

… It is difficult to predict the future of the culture followed by them. There is difference between American and German culture and the wave of globalization is mitigating the cultural differences to a great extent. At present, it is difficult to predict where the small family will lead to. But it is expected that the peace of small family lies in the fact that their son adopts the religion of any of his parents. If he adopts any other religion than Judaism and Christianity, major conflict is expected which will lead his parents to expel him from home. They will shift back to Germany and spend the lives the way they have spent so far. If the son is with them, it is quite possible…. [read more]


Religion Comparing the Catholic Essay

… The church property, material representations of the religion, and anything that is connected with God, Jesus other church is deemed to be sacred, and worthy of respect. Therefore, this is an all-encompassing religion, which impacts on the lives of the followers in many ways.

Part 2

Examining the Wiccan religion, talking to an individual's follows this path indicates some interesting parallels as well as some significant differences. Wicca is a relatively new religion, which the followers early date back to roughly the 1950s, founded by Gerald Gardner and Doreen Valiente. However, while the religion itself is relatively new, the foundations were based on much older traditional beliefs associated with a respect and reverence for nature and the concept of duality. Rather than simply one God,…. [read more]


Islam Select a Religion Essay

… The three religions have a concept of God and that these scriptures were revealed to their respective prophets from God. Furthermore, Islam, Christianity and Judaism, talk about Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who were the prophets of God. The Jews are referred as Children of Israel in Bible and Quran and are considered to be the direct descendants of Prophet Jacob, who was the grandson of Abraham (McInerney, 2003). All three of the religions have a way of life, which must be followed by their followers. Fundamental concepts such as Day of Judgment can be found in all three of the religions.

Differences

There are several differences between Islam, Judaism and Christianity. Islam believes that there is only one God and that the Prophet Muhammad is…. [read more]


Religion the Church of Scientology Essay

… In particular, I think there is a distinct point of comparison -- the sacramental importance of the Confessional in Catholicism and the practice of Scientology "auditing" as devised by L. Ron Hubbard -- which not only raises interesting issues of likeness, but which can also raise troubling questions about the true nature of religion, in which I will attempt to apply an updated version of the chief Reformation-era critiques of Catholicism, such as Luther's, into a critique of the "new religious movement" Scientology.

Hubbard's bizarre cosmology is, of course, only revealed to the upper echelons of the initiated, but it involves a sort of space-opera explanation for how human bodies are actually composed of billions of impressionable spiritual bodies of an alien race called "Thetans."…. [read more]


Religion -- House of Worship Essay

… Religion -- House of Worship

The house of worship that I visited is a Hindu Temple that was way different than anything that I have been used to seeing.

Architecture of the temple

The Hindu Temple is huge and on the outside, there is a conical-shaped structure on top of the temple and the tip of this cone is made of gold. There is only one entrance and as soon as everyone enters, they have to remove their shoes and their coats. There is a wash area for people to wash their hands and feet for purification before they enter the sacred area.

As soon as the sacred area is entered, there is a big pillar and every person was prostrating near this pillar before…. [read more]


Religion as a Possible Determinant of Fertility Rate Term Paper

… Religion as a Determinant in Fertility

Summary and suggestions

The studies reviewed and analyzed take a look at how religion affects birth and fertility in married or paired women throughout the world, Austria, India and Canada in particular. In Canada, minority women make up a large proportion of the population and represent many countries, with recent immigrants being in the majority, and therefore the Canadian study is most relevant to the determinants of the conclusion.

Most studies have found that women's fertility rate is determined by religion and other variants, sometimes equally, such as cultural, socioeconomic, age at time of birth, education, income and urban or rural position. These factors are found to be determinants as indirect causal mechanisms and their importance is borne out…. [read more]


World Religions: Orthodox Christianity and Universalism Compared Term Paper

… World Religions: Orthodox Christianity and Universalism Compared

This paper compares the Unitarian and Universalist Church and philosophies with the Orthodox Faith. It incorporates an interview with subject "Suzy" a member of the Unitarian church at Foothills Unitarian Church. This religion is far different from the Orthodox upbringing I am accustomed to, and provides an interesting case for comparison and contrast of the two faiths and religious beliefs.

While on first glance one may assume that these two religions are in complete opposition to each other, they actually share many of the same beliefs about humanity, justice, equality and spirituality. The primary differences between the religions rely on their interpretation of scripture, and adherence to or (or lack of, in the case of the Universalist perspective)…. [read more]


Religious Field Research -- Interview Essay

… Question: One more question David. Do you believe that there are actually three heavens? Many Christian faiths believe there is Heaven and Hell, and that's it.

Answer: Yes, I believe in the LDS doctrine. We believe there is the Celestial Kingdom for God and individuals that followed his laws; there is the Terrestrial Kingdom for followers of Moses, and the Telestial Kingdom, the lowest, for those following the "carnal law" reside.

Conclusion

As a recommendation for how to minimize misconceptions about other faiths one could note how important it is for each specific denomination and religious institution to teach about other faiths. When a young woman is taking training for membership in the Lutheran denomination -- or a young man is thinking of embracing Judaism…. [read more]


Jewish Religion Research Paper

… In most cases divorce can only be initiated by the husband but there are exceptions.

Question: Do Jews view themselves as the chosen people?

Answer: Yes we do because Abraham was chosen by God to lead the Jews out of bondage and the Jews were chosen, we believe, to make the fact of God known to the world. The Torah explains that Moses brought the Ten Commandments down from Mount Sinai, and so we believe Moses was chosen by God to bring His message to the world. We don't think we're better than any other faith, but we do believe we are the chosen people to make God known.

Comparing Judaism with another Religion

In professor Jacob Neusner's book, A Short History of Judaism: Three…. [read more]


Mock Interview Hello, Mr. Bosch Essay

… Tell me about the method or process of making this piece, or any of your other works of art. Do you use special painting techniques that are unusual for a Flemish artist of the time?

Well, one main difference between my work and that of some of my contemporaries and predecessors was that I wanted to incorporate as much texture as possible. Some Flemish art is deliberately glassy, flat, muted, and stationary. I wanted to create living and breathing scenes, scenes that were alive. The world we live in is constantly growing, changing, and in flux. I decided to use techniques like drawing with the skinniest of my brushes: to render tiny details. The details then add texture and depth to the composition. Viewers will…. [read more]


Religion in Our Age Term Paper

… Many times we ask ourselves why children hurt, people suffer and die, and there is pain in the world, as we know it. With the scientific advances we have accomplished it is hard to understand why these things are still allowed to exist. For many their religious beliefs and faith help them understand and accept the suffering that they see.

Some framed their experiences in terms of being tested by God, and believing that their faith would be rewarded in the future. These were respondents who could point neither to tangible physical healing nor to intangible emotional comfort, but who believed that their present suffering must have some religious meaning (Seeman et al.,1994)."

Throughout history the more turmoil the world seemed to face the stronger…. [read more]


Non-Denominational Religions Term Paper

… Non-Denominational Religions

The new facility housing the Faith Fellowship Ministries World Outreach Center (FFMWOC) in Sayreville, New Jersey is a welcoming complex with a modern feel. Founded in 1998, the FFM is a "Christian ecumenical, interdenominational, interracial, interdependent, and international association of churches, pastors, and ministers" that commits itself to the "growing body of Christ," ("History"). Although interdenominational, the theological beliefs espoused by the FFM nevertheless differ significantly from those espoused by other Christian organizations, most notably the Roman Catholic Church. The overt differences between Catholicism and Protestant Christianity historically center on issues like salvation and the rapture, and are manifest in the different religious rituals practiced by each faith. In recently interviewed a member of the FFM in Sayreville to discover the answers to…. [read more]


Religion Interview Term Paper

… Religion Interview

I interviewed a good friend and neighbor of my grandmother who is 65-year-old. Since she often visits with my grandmother and the two of them talk about all kinds of topics, my grandmother said she would make a good subject for my research, and she did make a good one, since she was friendly, outgoing and frank about her beliefs. I was able to interview her twice in her living room, where she felt comfortable and I was treated to snacks and coffee.

This woman, whom I shall call Carol, is pretty well-known in the community for serving on the School Board and the Town Council. She was raised in a fundamental Protestant family, and is still an active member of the Baptist…. [read more]


Religion of Australian Aborigines Term Paper

… Religion of Australian Aborigines

A Brother?

An Impossible Task?

Fully Human Beings

Uncivilized 3 Christians?

Angry Indigenous Men

RELIGION OF AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINES

A Brother?

An Impossible Task?

Religion differs from magic in that it is not concerned with control or manipulation of the powers confronted.

Rather it means submission to, trust in, and adoration of, what is apprehended as the divine nature of ultimate reality.

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I am I not a man and a brother?" (Windschuttle) was the slogan a black slave presented during the time the Enlightenment secularized Christian concepts produce the perception of a common human nature, along with universal human rights. Reconciling Christian morality with the rapacity of imperialism has reportedly been noted, however, to be "an impossible task." Christianity was initially…. [read more]


World Religions Report Judaism Essay

… To begin with, both religions believe in the Oneness of God. They believe that there is only One God who is the Master of the Universe. In Judaism and Christianity, it is emphasized that people should shape their lives according to the rules of this single God. Secondly, both religions have deepest respect for human beings. Thirdly, both Judaism and Christianity associate religion with morality. Murder, robbery, falsehood and other human vice are forbidden in both the religions. They encourage people to set good examples of honesty, truthfulness and goodness. Fourthly, Judaism and Christianity unanimously believe that there should be a strong connection between an individual and God. They equally emphasize on the importance of reading and understanding God's words contained in their holy texts…. [read more]


Shintoism Is a Religion With Strong Indigenous Term Paper

… Shintoism is a religion with strong indigenous roots. Because it developed as Japan developed into a unified culture, its ties to Japanese culture are strong. It is markedly different than many religions because it has no set of laws its followers must follow, and no concept of punishment for sins. It is a religion of many major and minor gods, and teaches that each person becomes a god at death. For this reason, an important part of Shintoism is ancestor worship, making Shintoism an important part of family life. Many people who declare themselves to be Shintoists also follow many Buddhist practices. While there is no one prophet for this religion, its followers embrace Confucian teachings for moral guidance.

OUTLINE

INTRODUCTION

Meaning of "Shinto"

Overview…. [read more]


Interview With an Immigrant Profile Research Paper

… He says that a lot of the information was available online and he could make plans for settling into his life in the new country. Around seven months after giving his final examinations at school, Smith bid farewell to his parents as he boarded a flight from Abu Dhabi to New York via a stopover at London. He arrived in New York in December 2000 where his uncle was waiting to receive him. After clearing the immigration checks he went to his uncle's place. Later on his uncle took him to the university and helped him mover into the hostel.

Problems Faced in Assimilation and Acculturation

Smith says he did not experience any great anxiety about assimilating in the local culture or acculturating himself to…. [read more]


World Religions Report Research Paper

… World Religions Report

Introduction to Buddhism

Buddhism is a religion which originated in Northeast India and follows the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama. He became famous as "the Buddha," a term which means "the enlightened one." Buddhism has two major divisions -- the Theravada and the Mahayana. Theravada gained popularity over Southeastern Asia and Sri Lanka. Buddhists in India, Nepal, Mongolia, Vietnam Japan, Tibet and China follow Mahayana. The central belief system of Buddhism teaches how one's life is a temporary phase comprised of the body, emotions and behaviors. Buddhists deny the idea of a permanent soul and dedicate their lives towards breaking free from the cycles of birth and death ("Basics of"). They believe in reincarnation where one goes through different forms of life, each…. [read more]


Was Confucianism a Religion or Philosophy? Research Paper

… Confucianism

Was Confucianism a religion or philosophy

Confucianism is commonly referred to as a moral, ethical and political system of thought or as a 'religious philosophy'. This is unclear and seemingly ambiguous and the question that will be addressed in this paper is whether Confucianism is a religion or a philosophy. This question takes into account the complex and often convulsed debate about the difference between religion and philosophy.

The most contemporary views on this issue are divided. On the one hand there are studies and commentaries that view Confucianism as compatible with and similar to modern humanistic religions. From this perspective Confucianism therefore falls into the category of a religion per se and can be equated with any other modern religion. On the other…. [read more]


Judaism Is a Religion Term Paper

… Christianity was the state religion in the Western world from the time of Constantine in the 4th Century AD until the 18th and 19th Centuries. For the Jews, this meant nearly 2,000 years of being ghettoized, persecuted, expelled and exterminated by Christians, with the worst event being the genocide of 1941-45 at the hands of the Nazis. Although the latter claimed to be 'scientific racists' and Social Darwinists rather than Christians, they could draw on a vast and ancient tradition of anti-Semitism that originated in the early Christian era. Moreover, they found many willing perpetrators and accomplices from all over Europe among those who claimed to be Christians, and a Christian majority often very willing to turn its back on the Jews and passively acquiesce…. [read more]


Interview With Handel and Bach Research Paper

… Interview With Handel and Bach

The first half of the 18th century was a time of tumultuous change in the musical arts. In the five or so decades that spanned that period, almost everything associated with music changed dramatically. At the start of the 18th century, music was restricted by what was known as "counterpoint," and the laws of counterpoint kept music constricted and tight. But by the second half of the 18th century, music had been liberated by an emphasis on what is known as "harmony." Two composers who had a major influence on the style of music that has been called "classical" are Frederik Handel and Johan Sebastian Bach. These two composers were not only contemporaries, but were born in the same year:…. [read more]


Interview Took Place With Abigail Mckenney Term Paper

… ¶ … interview took place with Abigail McKenney who was born in Israel and then migrated to the United States when she was fifteen years old. Abigail lived in Herzliya Pituach. Herzliya Pituach is considered an upper middle class community. The town has approximately 84,000 persons (The best places 2010). Unlike some of the other areas of Israel many of the homes in the area worth millions of dollars, this community is considered as one of the best places in Israel to live. Another interesting aspect of the city is that there are excellent restaurants providing exquisite local and international cuisine.

Abigail immigrated to the United States with her mother and younger brother. The move to the United States became necessary as she was accepted…. [read more]


Mexican Migration and Religion to the United States Term Paper

… Mexican Religion in the U.S.A.

2003 national survey on the Hispanic Churches in American Public Life found that 70% of all Latinos were Catholic, 22% of them Charismatic (Espinosa 2008). The rest identified with various non-Catholic denominations, such as Evangelical, Protestant, Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormon sects, or none at all. Contemporary Mexican-American religions were first studied in 1968 by Cesar Chavez, Gustavo Gutierrez, Enrique Dussel, Virgilio Elizondo, and David Carrasco, among others. Their works have attempted to study and interpret these religions without promoting or endorsing any theological viewpoint. But these reflect how Latinos find hope and perceive their universe, real as well as imagined (Espinosa).

In the last half of the 20th century, many Mexicans in Central American opted for Protestantism as their new…. [read more]


Stereotypes Practitioners of Certain Religions Essay

… The photographer who wanted the hairpiece wanted to use the accessory to show how women were struggling during the time of the Taliban in the Muslim society. Al-Marayati writes: "She didn't understand that her assumption was the equivalent of assuming that every Latino has a Mexican sombrero in their closet" (1). This photographer, who is a person that lives outside of the culture, can only understand the Muslim people through the stereotypes that they have beforehand.

Much of the world's perception of the Muslim culture has been determined, not by the actual population of people who practice the religion, but by the media portrayals of certain individuals who do happen to wear traditional garb. What the authors of "An Indentity Reduced to a Burka" are…. [read more]


Amish Religion Women Term Paper

… Their role in society as dictated by their religion is to get married and produce offspring for their husbands, and their roles adequately reflect this (Olshan & Schmidt, 224). Women are not expected to contribute financially to the family, but rather their role as caretaker and mother is established from the time of birth Olshan & Schmidt, 153). Women are assigned the role of caring for children and elders, cooking, cleaning and gardening.

Most of the women also hand sew the clothes for the family. Women are also responsible for providing groceries and household items for the household. Only Amish women may work in the garden, cultivating vegetables and flowers (Olshan & Schmidt, 154). Women must also teach their daughters about their place in the…. [read more]


Hoodoo vs. Other Religion Creative Writing

… Hoodoo vs. other religion

Hoodoo and Zora Neale Hurston

The contemporary society is filled with customs and traditions coming from a variety of sources, given that globalization has made it possible for cultures to clash and generate a series of mixed practices. There is much controversy regarding the origins of hoodoo, especially given that it consists of a variety of customs, each of them coming from particular cultures. In its most basic form, hoodoo can be understood as having been strongly influenced by African-American folk-magic, but that also involves traditions identified as European and Native American. Hoodoo is rather new and can be recognized as a mixture of magic and religious practices gathered from several cultures most probably as a result of the globalization process.…. [read more]


Matthew Fox: The Man Term Paper

… P, a reviewer of Fox's Breakthrough states that there are many scholarly errors and poor examples in the text and his theories.

In fact, St. Francis was clearly dualistic because he said that the soul lives in the body "like a hermit in a hermitage" and called the body and soul "both men" inside the person. Fox ignores this dualism in St. Francis, whom Fox has dubbed "creation-centered." In short, then, Tugwell caught Fox committing significant errors."

On the positive side of Tugwell's review is the notion that Not all of Fox's concerns are wrong headed. Christians need to show more love for creation and the environment. Growth in compassion and creativity (in the analogous sense by which we creatures can be creative) is a…. [read more]


Church of the Holy Sepulcher Term Paper

… The church has faced many conflicts and it has witnessed numerous destructions of its different sections but still it fascinated a large majority of Christians even those who are not certain if this really is the burial place of the Christ. " Martin Biddle, the famous archeologist and the author of "Tomb of Christ" said during an interview, "I think that any place that has, for so long, been the scene of the most extraordinary human devotion and tragedy must be a moving place, whatever one's personal religion," he says. "The church has seen the most terrible things: awful massacres and terrible sacks. And yet when you are working in there at night -- the communities will lock us in at night so that we…. [read more]


Religious Site Visitation Interview

… ¶ … trip to visit the Roman Catholic Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana in California. The mission is located at the North end of the San Fernando Valley, to the North of Los Angeles. Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana was founded on 8 September 1797 by Father Fermin Francisco de Lasuen. The mission was named for Ferdinand, the King of Spain. The name in the local Native American language was Pashecgna. A variety of disasters that included earthquakes in 1812 as well as the digging up of the church floor by gold prospectors caused the mission to fall into ruins. Many structures have been restored including the church, monastery and some other buildings around the quadrangle. The church has an active congregation ("California…. [read more]

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