Apess and Petalesharo are Native American were Native American authors whose style, tone and argument are very different. Apess used shared Christian beliefs to bolster his argument and his rhetorical form is one of encounter between the Native and Christian cultures. Apess asked his white audience to look in the mirror and he was more direct in criticizing his audience. Although he does not base his writings on Scripture, he quoted Scripture later in the selection as support for his argument. His purpose was to “penetrate more fully into the conduct of those who profess to have principle”, and who tell us to “follow Jesus Christ and his ancient disciples” (Apess B: 156).
In Fred Sanders’ sermon “Theology of the Trinity,” which focuses on 1 John, Sanders explains that John summed up his theology of God in a single statement: “God is light” (Biola University “Fred Sanders”). Although Sanders notes that summarizing is not always helpful, especially when discussing specific, complicated truths, John’s statement is actually sufficient to summarize the entire Gospel because different nuances of light are implied. First, Jesus is the ‘light’ who accurately “…reveals the Father” because “Light is naked truth” (Biola University “Fred Sanders”). Moreover, the idea of light reminds us that God is holy. As Sanders states, “Darkness is absolutely incompatible with the God who is light…
Johnson explains in his book that psychology and Christianity went hand-in-hand as a coalition. This is seemingly due to the church’s assumed responsibility of soul-care, and the belief that all problems were caused by sin, not necessarily mental illness (2010). However, there are currently several views of conflict between psychology and Christianity, similar to the conflict recurrently found between science and faith. There is importance in the correlation of psychology and Christianity for both scientists and Christians. When not examined and pondered on, the relationship between psychology and Christianity today can cause much confusion in an individual, potentially leading to atheism and evolutionism.
The author attempts to examine the architype of the Christian baptism in this academic article by exploring the relationship between the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist and Christian baptism. Many religious theorists believe the baptism Jesus received distinguished him from the baptism of other Jews by way of the gift of the Spirit, while classifying him with the people as the price for their sin. 4. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Catholicism volume is pretty much self-described. It manages to encompass the world’s largest Christian denomination, a very complex and convoluted subject, into easily digestible nuggets of information.
In my opinion James and Paul do not disagree in their teaching regarding salvation. They approached the same subject from different perspectives and delivered the emphasized on the fact that genuine faith in Christ produces good works. Paul was worried about the salvation of the people as well. In his writings he let know that receiving salvation is a gift of God and that no one can purchase salvation thru good works alone. Paul wrote to the Galatians out of a deep concern that they were forsaking the gospel, that he preached.
His use of the prophetic message of Isaiah as divine logos rhetorically identifies the “True Israel” as Christ and all those who follow him, and well as the inclusion of the Gentiles, their spiritual journey, and designing the Christian community (Bates, 2009, pp. 1-3). Second, his understanding of the Trinity, as noted earlier, was judged against the standards of the Nicaea, presumably providing much debate to formulate the Trinity as agreed upon in the Nicene Creed. Lastly, his ability to blend the Gospel with Greek philosophy was crucial in understanding Logos: Christ as the Son of God, and Christ
A friar named Johann Tetzel was raising money to rebuild St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome. He did this by selling indulgences and, “gave people the impression that by buying indulgences, they could buy their way into heaven.” (55) Tetzel’s method of raising money bothered Luther because you cannot simply buy your way into heaven. In the Bible, Christ teaches that by faith alone is the key to salvation and Luther believes that the Bible is the only reliable resource of truth. Luther and other reformers “found that many of the practices and teachings of the Church about how we
When it comes to knowing and learning the religions of the world one must approach them with a critical mind. One cannot simply just believe every religion and know have their own view points. David Van Biema presents his ideas about Christianity and Jesus in “The Gospel Truth?”. Van Biema’s main point is about how “Matthew, Mark, Luke and John… is notoriously unreliable,” . Van Biema writes about how one cannot be completely sure about whether to believe if Jesus actually said what is written in the bible, he continues to say that Jesus may even be an “imaginative theological construct” .
Julian Mayugba Professor Antonio Acevedo HIS 210-ONR01 18 March 2017 AS1: Pliny and Trajan “For who can better give guidance to my hesitation or inform my ignorance?” Pliny, Letters 10.96-97 shows the interaction in letters between the Pliny the Younger, the governor of Pontus-Bithynia, and Emperor Trajan. The letters involved Pliny the Younger asking Emperor Trajan for advice when dealing with the trials of Christians.
As a background, Martin Luther had a compelling opposition against the church, and is called the father of Protestantism, fundamentally changing the Christian world through his force of will and new ideas. The way of life that he praised was to just read the scripture and to do away with relics. To interpret, was he meant is that, a personal reading of the Scriptures, and the faith of the individual, not the religious rituals, can effect a Christian’s salvation. He believed that the key to salvation had nothing to do with indulgences, which the public were brainwashed into thinking. If Martin would have not defied the church, different types of Christian nomination would have not
Dailey stages the allegation of miscegenation being the root religious civil rights issues with the theology of Segregation, the effects of the Brown decision, and the Ministers march. As a whole, Dailey emphasizes the importance of the testimonies that segregation was “the commandment and law of God”. Also, that most historians tend to “pass” over this topic, condemning “the most lasting triumph of the civil rights movement: its successful appropriation of Christian Dogma” (Dailey 122). “…why
However, I personally see science as being a more rigid set of facts than theology. On the Root presented Christianity as having a pessimistic reputation of refusing to be uncertain. Just a week earlier, I had a conversation with an atheist who confirmed this, saying that Christians act like they’re the ones who have to have everything defended and can never be wrong. However, I personally feel like I have experienced the exact opposite in my theology classes; the more I learn about theology, the more I realize that I’ll never be able to learn everything. On the contrary, I see science as more of a black and white
Science has changed its stance on ideas because mistakes are possible; history has been twisted to suit personal views; and traditions and experiences are not reliable sources for accurate information. The only final truth is God’s word expressed in the Bible and through personal revelation. God’s word is all truth. The Bible’s truths can be tested and verified through historical documentation. Christian beliefs are based on the inspired word of God through the Bible and through God’s revelation to his believers.
Moreover, the outcome of the relativism of the faith was the relativism of behavior. When rock solid mores, moral absolutes, give way to relativism, you end up with twentieth-century situation ethics, where morality is dictated by the situation and the subject. Also out of relativism came twentieth-century world-come-of age theology, where the secularity of the world is celebrated. University professors can debate whether relativism is relative, but when wrong becomes right people become confused and disillusioned. 6
St. Iraneaus debated that Gnostics are those who are spiritual with growing knowledge of God, lack the true faith because Gnostics deny the “Incarnation and bodily Resurrection of Christ,” [p. 182]. Iraneus described in p. 4 of Selections that believers should mirror Christ 's life. The purpose of establishing an uncomplicated simplicity of just believing in one God while understanding that redemption of the entire human race is only through Jesus Christ. [ p. 13].St. Iraneaus debated that Gnostics are those who are spiritual with growing knowledge of God, lack the true faith because Gnostics deny the “Incarnation and bodily Resurrection of Christ,” [p. 182].