A Cultural Analysis of the Amish Community The Amish Community are a unique and fascinating community with a distinct culture and way of life that is easily distinguished from any other population. Their deep rooted religious beliefs and Amish faith is what their entire culture is built upon and is the basis for their entire way of life. The Amish’s customs are in place in order to “maintain the purity and unity of the community.” (Hostetler 22) The Amish is a notable society that has always drawn attention and interest from the outside world due to their uniqueness and the richness of their history, culture, traditions, and somehow, they have managed to preserve their way of life through generations in a world so full of modernization, technology,
One of the first authors of bible literacy that I read is Beth Moore. There have been times I have disagreed with Moore’s interpretations, but her conversational style of writing and enthusiasm increased my interest of studying God’s word. The study that came to mind when thinking of what influenced my own sense of call was James: Mercy Triumphs by Beth Moore, specifically James 1:26-27. Moore breaks down what James’ interpretation of the law was through the lens of Jesus’ teachings by showing us what real religion should be and how it was to be exhibited at the time it was written and how it applies today. Moore quotes Mark Twain, “Man is a Religious Animal.
Many times, especially at Bible College it gets monotonous and even robotic to say that Jesus is the reason why we have peace with the Father as it is said many times and loses its meaning. While reading up and researching for this, the love and appreciation I have for all that Jesus went through for me personally is exhilarating and rekindles the appreciation I have for all that He has done. Secondly, this helps to get me more confident as I add to reasons as to why Jesus is the messiah long awaited for. Growing up in a Christian household, I have just believed and shared that Jesus is the messiah because it was what was told to me as child. Now in researching it and seeing for myself that Jesus corresponds to a prophecy that was written about 700 years before is mind-blowing and helps me to be way more cemented in my
According to the so-called sanctification theory, religion influences familial relationship with sacred significance, and religious institution attach moral meaning to a certain behavior. Religious parents might strive to raise their kids with self-control and manners while religious kids see that having good behavior is a morally good and strive to please themselves, parents, and God. John Bartkowski, a professor of sociology at the University of Texas at San Antonio, wonders whether church attendance leads to a good behavior or the vice versa. Bartkowski told Mark Stern that kids who are already well behaved are the ones who can get into religious communities. He also said, “Their parents might feel they’ll fit in because they’re compliant and able to sit still.” Self-control, in other words, might lead to church service, and not vice
Fahey wrote a synopsis about it in a journal article. Fahey said about Mannion’s book, “today’s cultural setting and experiences require new ways of listening to the signs of the times and articulating religious teaching” (388). Pastor Gilford T. Monrose wrote about postmodernism and Christianity’s influence on each other in his essay entitled The Bible and Postmodernism. “The postmodern era is where everyone just wants to decide that they can believe in everything, in nothing, or in some things.” He also stated the most common misconception about postmodernity and Christianity’s relationship: that these two can’t take place at the same time. Their reconciliation must happen, he said, because “that is the only way the errors will be exposed.” By errors, he means the outdated things about Christianity that to a certain extent harmed
The thesis of Jesus calling us to go and have faith like a child comes from Matthew 18:1-5. This all helps show the underlying strong meaning of the song. As Dunn keeps the theme throughout the whole song of wanting to go back we can see how his life and the passing of his little niece have affected his faith but overall made it stronger as he wants to do as Jesus says and have faith like a child. This affected me greatly at a time when I was struggling with school and people telling me my faith was bad and that Christians were all horrible people it helped be trust in God and have the carefree faith of a child full
In addition Freud believed that our personality is largely developed through the stage of development. Many Christian’s have different viewpoint on free will. While it is easy to become confused on how God want us to live your lives. In the determinism vs. Free will talks about how Christians view themselves as having the choice to do what they want and believing in God. As Christians our free will is the love that we have for God and others around us.
According to the articles, “What Leads to Success in Life,” by Jocelyn K. Glei, and “The Moral Bucket List,” by David Brooks, a person must possess certain qualities in order to achieve ‘success’ in his life. While Glei emphasizes that self-control, passion, and perseverance are the necessary qualities needed to accomplish a person’s dreams, Brook illustrates that the keys to a successful life are the virtues that inspire the inner characters of a person. The article that resembled my outlook on success was “The Moral Bucket List” because the lessons that Brooks expounds on follow closely with the teachings of my religion as well as how they produce life-changing decisions. As a Mormon, or Latter-day Saint (LDS), I’ve been taught that the virtues that Christ possessed and exhibited during his lifetime are the same virtues that a person should live by and the attributes listed in the ‘bucket list’ are similar in nature, albeit if not the
Nietzsche thought that Christian morals guided European humanity for the last 1,500 years (Bishop, 2012). Europeans had to make a noteworthy choice regarding the last man and the superman, between a realistic society dedicated to complete contentment or a higher but sad culture with superhuman possibilities (Bishop, 2012). Christianity was the first against particle and theoretical nihilism. Christianity gave purpose to people’s lives by granting them an absolute value, Christianity was able to explain and justify the evil and suffering in the world (Moroney, 1987). As time went by the spirit of truthfulness sprang from Christianity and eventually gave way to the rise of nihilism as people began to question the notion of God and the whole Christian culture (Moroney, 1987).
Religion is considered to be the most influential and persuasive force that inspires individuals and communities. The pre history events reveal that actions of love and self-sacrifice are rooted in holding religious beliefs. Kimbell, in his book, When Religion Becomes Evil, defines religion, “The word religion evokes a wide variety of images, ideas, practices, beliefs, and experiences, some positive and some negative” (pg 20). Hence, religion involves human understanding; the way people value God and some personal thinking of fundamental reality. Religious life is set in that way that defines appropriate and inappropriate behavior.
Dean offers three practices of how to embody a missional imagination. The translation practice of catechesis, or knowing what one believes, “gives teenagers cultural tools that stake up young faith, improves teenagers’ exposure to the Son and therefore the likelihood that their faith will mature and bear fruit. The second practice of bilingual storytelling, or testimony, translates the language of the Christian story into the language of cultural context in order to help young people articulate and confess their identity as Christians. Finally, detachment through de-centering experiences like mission trips cultivates empathy and reflexivity through less of a focus on the self and more of an opening up to the other. Although the solution cannot be found by means of a pragmatic path that is guaranteed to end at the intended destination, this process can be summarized in one word.
Sonmi influenced Zachry to do good in life out of his fear of his soul being stoned and him ending up as a Kona in his next life. The power of a person’s faith can allow a figure to have great influence over them. An ascended fabricant from Nea So Copros turned unexpectedly into a highly respected religious symbol to Zachry and the Valleymen. Sonmi became a source of guidance to Zachry, through whom he received guiding dreams and heeded her advice, as well as inheriting his tribe’s veneration for her as well as the tribe’s fear of Old Georgie. Sonmi had colossal
What influenced Tandy is Wales Goebel (an evangelist), Hank Erwin (the team’s chaplain), God, the religion (Christianism), Debbie Gerelds (his wife), Julius Clark, sports. As an example, the religion influenced him, because when he decided to become Christian, he started to care more about his players. He started to love each of his players for the person they were and that changed the way he coached. He became a human coach, more loved by his students, but he continued to be rough as a leader.
One Life, by Scot McKnight, was an appealing testament of how we should go about life in a way that reflects God’s mission and plans for His people. The purpose for this book was so common people reading are, hopefully, influenced to live out their “one life” for God. McKnight explains, in great detail, of what God’s intentions are for us. He also provides the reader with many options on how to overcome temptations we face. This book was discussing several obstacles that may seem as a concern, but are also great descriptions on what every human may run into; however, it is also very clear in McKnight’s writing, that we can abstain from those worldly desires.
I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity of possibly being a member of the National Honor Society. Being honest is something that I take to great importance even if the outcome can end up unsatisfactory for me. I value my morals because that has shaped me into the person I am today and standing by them helps me remember to value the importance of being a good person to my peers as well as my community. I go to Saint John’s Church and when there are meetings for parents, I volunteer to help and look out for kids. I take joy in teaching them the importance that doing something small can lead to a greater good.