Comparing Heilman's And Padrey

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Despite vast differences in how they practice their religions, both Samuel Heilman’s and Padrey Carney’s religious experiences reflect Livingston’s concepts. Heilman’s story begins with a religious myth about Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakki, who escapes from the Temple shortly before it is destroyed and founds the ideas of modern Judaism (Comstock 263-264). The purpose of this myth is that it “serves as a foundation or charter for a communities worldview”, as it sets how the Jews are supposed to live after the destruction of the Temple (Livingston ). The Temple was the center of Judaism and as such demonstrates Livingston’s concept of axis mundi, which means the center of the world. After the destruction of the Temple, the axis mundi of the Jewish…show more content…
The Amida is a sacrament as defined by Livingston as it is performative in the sense that they are asking God for help while extolling his virtues, it is repetitive in character as the prayer is recited at all three prayer services in Judaism, and it is performed with a high level of accuracy as everyone knows the words by heart. Another concept of Livingston’s that Orthodox Judaism represents is that of a natural religious community. While Samuel struggles to keep his religious life separate from his work life, he fails to do so. This failure is indicative of the fact that Orthodox Judaism is intertwined in his very being, it helps shape his view of the world even if he tries to prevent it. Additionally, Orthodox Judaism is connected by blood ties (through the maternal side) and geography with the reestablishment of a Jewish State. Almost all followers of Orthodox Judaism are part of the Hebrew race, with some sort of ties back to ancient Israel. While neither are stated directly in Samuels biography, both the life cycle rites of the bar/bat mitzvah and the sustaining of the Orthodox Jewish population through birth and marriage make it a natural religious…show more content…
These BCC’s were formed under the umbrella of the Catholic Church and were formed in response to wanting to serve the poor better and preaching to them a gospel based on ridding the world of injustice. The BCC’s are a perfect example of reforming the church from within. Another aspect of his BCC’s are that from the outside they appear to be a sect, due to presenting a personal God who wants the world to be a paradise. Livingston also believes that sects appeal to the needs of the masses, the point of the BCC’s were to appeal to the poor people of Honduras. Due to not being located in the USA, this sect can continue to be a sect and not evolve into a full blown denomination. Padre himself is an example of Livingston’s ways to reform from within the church, as he is part of the monastic order called the Jesuits. As part of the Catholic Church, Padrey’s faith demonstrates all the aspects of a voluntary religious community. According to Livingston voluntary religious communities have a partial break with natural ties, which is an aspect that all of Christianity has. Another aspect of voluntary religious communities is a spiritual unity based on a new spiritual insight of the sacred or a similar religious function, with Padrey’s BCC’s this is apparent with how the community operates. Everything is focused around your

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