I soon found myself intrigued to affirm Christianity intellectuality, but was aware even when I was a child that maintain an identity in religion was a necessity (Frost, W. J. (2012, March)). I differed from most Quakers of my time with the ability to understand the reason behind Christianity a little more (Frost, W. J. (2012, March)). I during my time found that you cannot just develop one law or pamphlet, I instead emphasized rationale in the different cases in my life such as my trial in England to the founding of Pennsylvania (Frost, W. J.
Christianity is arguably one of the the most influential and important aspects that originated in western civilization. The religion started out as a small sect of Judaism and a man named Jesus spreading his word with a few followers. For centuries, Christians in Rome endured persecution and secret worship. With the appeal of eternal salvation and the hierarchy of the church, Christianity gradually spread, began to rise, and eventually became the prominent religion in Rome. Today, Christianity is the most widely practiced religion in the world.
Philosophy of Religion Most of us opt for certainty in all things. In most of our endeavor we strive for certainty. In this quest for finding certainty we seek reasons to warrant our claims by way of establishing logical and reasonable basis for believing on something. In matters of our religious beliefs specifically on the existence of God we likewise seek reasons behind such belief. However, does giving reason for our belief really suffice to be certain in our claim for the existence of God?
Their chief religious doctrine was that, “good works are not a way of attaining salvation, since man is already predestined, but they are an indispensable proof that salvation has been attained.” 6 This logically led to the belief that prosperity and wealth are signs of God’s blessing, and that they are an assurance of eternal salvation. Thus emerged the “economic virtues” (avarice, thrift, intense competition, and the accumulation of wealth) which soon, with the later progression of puritanical rationalization, became confounded with the traditional moral virtues of thrift and industriousness, and finally helped capitalism enormously in displacing these virtues altogether from daily business practices. Today the vice of greed engulfs both Wall Street and our
The priesthood doesn’t explore men’s beliefs in Christ and God and are not concerned on the matter, provided that the man submits to the judgement of the church in a concept the clergy profess as implicit faith. Calvin’s augmented relations with the clergy are further aggrieved by their ability to allow the glory of God to be dishonoured by ‘blasphemies’. They don’t attempt to halt such sacrilegious remarks about God. They refuse to intervene because they ought not want those to questions the primacy of the church. The clergy preach for the significance of mass, pilgrimage and express the intention of purgatory but they cannot prove these aspects from the word of God.
Christianity has been subject to manipulation or misinterpretation so as to justify the good or bad intentions of people. These misinterpretations can still be seen today with the acts of false pastors and prophets who use Biblical scriptures to rob Gods people their money. History proves that in the west Christianity has been a main source of ideas for many social, political, economic and ecological acts. Slaves were enslaved from Africa to America in the name of the bible. Christianity, economics and environmental domination have a relationship.
2:5-11 Paul gives us a very clear picture of Jesus’ deity “Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage…” (NLT). Throughout Jesus’ earthly ministry He gave clues about His deity when he said things like, “Your sins are forgiven” or calling the angels
Belief is not Decision Pascal’s Wager, the argument that an individual who believes in God’s existence is entitled to infinite gains. There are three objections against Pascal article, including “the wrong motivation”, “too many options” and “Belief not a decision”. Among these three reasonable objections, I believe that the strongest one is “Belief not a decision”, because everything needs a reason as people are born as rational creatures. Otherwise, people believe in the existence of God because they trust that God could bring benefits to them. For me, although the objection is reasonable, I still think the Pascal’s response is stronger.
This passage from Matthew is in direct contradiction with everything that Positive Christianity is teaching. Positive Christianity is attempting to justify the discrimination and hatred that is felt towards the Jews, but one of the central teachings of Jesus is love towards everyone. This destroys the one of central pillars used in the belief of Positive Christianity. The exegesis approach disproves the attempted justification of hatred towards the Jews that Positive Christianity tries to
Kaplan argues that the separation between the cause and the person was important to religious toleration in early modern Europe. He argues, “This distinction helps explain the “Janus face” of religious toleration – the way in which people could be, and commonly were, both tolerant and intolerant” (264). Early modern Europeans instituted practices that encouraged religious toleration; however, there were still religious divisions and