Athens and Sparta are better in different aspects. For example, Sparta discouraged superfluous arts, but Athens appreciated them. This aspect is evident by the Athenian ruins, and that Sparta has no remnants of their history besides the tombs of their generals. This aspect concludes that Athens had more to lose during the Peloponnesian War. Athens had an empire, they stood up for values, they were the school of Greece, while Sparta were clinching onto their dear iron bars.
Over thousands of years ago in Ancient Greece many early civilizations formed in making a powerful civilized society. Many civilizations were successful at one point, but other civilizations did not have as much success. Much success was because of the size of the army and in addition the power one civilization had. One early successful civilizations that did not rely so much on the size of the army or society, but relied more on the quality of the army and making sure everyone works as one unit. Sparta was a city-state located in Ancient Greece that was based off a strict warrior society known as Lacedaemon.
The origin of the word ‘democracy’ itself stems from the Greek for demos, meaning the people, and of the verb kratos, meaning to rule. The root of the word, demokratias, deriving from Greek insists that democracy itself first came into fruition in ancient Athens. This starting point of democracy in Athens marked a momentous advance in the politics of organised society and in which way said society should be governed. While ancient Athens is held to an almost unreal standard for producing a groundbreaking system of government, this democracy is entirely flawed. While the democracy in Athens existed and lead to further political advancement, like all prototypes it did not meet the epitome of perfection.
Moreover, many words, phrases, and roots in the English language, as well as some others, come from Greek gods and myths. Numerous movies have been created based off of ancient Greek myths as well. However, Aztec gods, which were loyally worshipped by the Aztecs, played an incredibly large role in their society and daily lives, but were forgotten and left behind by the modern world as the Aztecs faded away. Because of this, Greek gods and goddesses have influenced the world immensely more than Aztec
The Greeks played an important role in the foundation of Western Civilization’s political science (Wolfe 1). Behind the establishment of democracy lies a legacy filled of empowerment, strategic leadership, and loyalty that lead to the ultimate victory of political freedom. There were many Greeks however, who opposed and argued against democracy, but for the Athenians it’s what made Athens great. Athenians enjoyed a life enriched with their views of freedom, believing this is what allowed humans to reach their fullest potential (8). Political freedom did not come easy, yet was birthed from a war that changed the course of Civilization worldwide.
The problem is that the way christianity works is that you don’t “wish” your things to your pastor or to God and expect a favorable response all the time. Instead you pray for what you desire and if it is according to God’s plan for your life, he will fulfill your desires. Soaphead is not an actual appointed pastor, he was a self-declared “Reader, Adviser, and Interpreter of Dreams” (Morrison 165). He did grant this wish though, as if he was a Genie granting Aladdin’s wish. The wish was not literally granted but had some restrictions.
Friedman explains that equality before God is not something the founders take literally. He mentions in his article, “They did not regard ‘men’—or as we would say today, ‘persons’—as equal in physical characteristics, emotional reactions, mechanical and intellectual abilities” (265). Instead, the equality here is really about equality throughout religion, specifically Christianity. In order to show his point, Friedman states the example of President Jefferson who wrote “all men are created equal” and talks about Jefferson’s experience. So, what did Jefferson mean when he wrote that, “all men are created equal?” Friedman analyses and concludes that in his article, the equality is “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights” (266).
Joy Olson; Western Civilization Socratic Philosophy Some might ask, “How can philosophy impact our lives?”. To all, the answer would be different, but they would have one thing in common. Philosophy is the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence1. Thus, it is a broad topic which Socrates truly understood and loved with a passion. Although he does not have any writings, his student, Plato, does and expands on Socratic teachings and philosophy.
They would express any kind of view for their gods, without having to adhere to a certain cult. Due to that fact, pagans could accept a new worship without changing or forgetting their old once . Christians, on the other hand, had a structured religion and because it was monotheistic, they would not accept any other heretic religion. To clarify, pagan gods never demanded exclusive faith, but the Christian God asks for it. Also, pagans cannot prove that there is a hereafter life; but Christians have the faith and the courage that there is an afterlife, much happier and fruitful for those who will enter Heaven and will be next to God.
Christianity thus believes in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit who are separate but equal aspects of the same God. Christians cannot explain the full nature of this Being but will not limit God by saying it is not possible. From this affirmation grew the confession of the
This group of people only included white male citizens, meaning that slaves, foreign born residents, women and some men who hadn’t obtained citizenship couldn’t vote (Doc D). This completely contradicts the all-inclusive concept of direct democracy that the Athenian government preached so frequently. To have a powerful and lasting empire with great prosperity you must have a series of strong leaders. The period of prosperity in Athens was so short lived because they only had one strong leader, Pericles. After Pericles died Athens could not defeat Sparta in the Peloponnesian War and also couldn’t hold the truce that was signed in 421 BC which allowed Sparta to gain overall victory in the
Their god Yahweh had ultimate power, instead of believing that the god might serve you from only rituals and sacrifice, his followers also had to perform good deeds also known as the Ethical Behavior. The Israelis also lived by the Mosaic Code of Law, which had certain features such as an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. This led to Christianity because of the believe in only one god and committing good deeds to receive help and eternal life. 3. Why did Sparta develop into a conservative military state?
Whereas, in Pantheism, one believes that God is part of the universe, without the universe God would not exist. Lewis goes on the talk about the Christianity-and-water views of God, that simply say there is a good God in Heaven and everything is all right--leaving out all the difficult and terrible doctrines about sin and hell and the devil, and the redemption. (pp.40). I believe that Christianity adequately explains the
Judeo-Christian Roots of Freedom in America The founding fathers considered the Christian faith to argue that we should be independent from the English throne because “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights...” It was the Christian belief that all men are equal before God that motivated the founding fathers to disregard having a king, and to forbid any royal titles to American citizens. As one looks through the documents of the early settlers and founders, it is evident that Christian values had a lot of influence on the structure of this country 's laws and values. Many of the early writings were covenants made before God, such as the
Thomas Aquinas was a famous medieval theologist and saint. He believed that there was no conflict between faith and reason and that they were both gifts. Reason helped, he believed, people discover important truths about God’s creation. Faith, meanwhile, uncovered facts about God. Aquinas wrote logical arguments in support of his faith to show how reason and religious belief helped each other.