McCreary County v. ACLU (2005) Pinson, 4 McCreary County v. ACLU Asher Pinson Liberty High School AP US Government, 2A McCreary County v. ACLU was a significant case for the Establishment Clause, freedom of religion, and the First Amendment itself. This case made its way into the Supreme Court in the later part of 2004, and a decision was reached in the middle of 2005. This case extended the power of the Establishment Clause to prohibit the public display of religious texts in government-funded buildings. Three counties in Kentucky, one of which was McCreary County, posted framed copies of the King James Version of the Ten Commandments in their public schools and courthouses. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued them for
With many contradictory sources trying to solve the questions of life, Christians should have an infallible trust in the Bible. These sources may lead believers to mistrust the Word or be misguided over real truth. If a person loses his or her trust in the Bible, then he or she could lose his or her trust in God and the Church. With this potential doubt, Christians need to know that their Bible is the eternal and inerrant word of God. To be inerrant, the Bible must be absolute in is historical and scientific accuracy.
However, their beliefs regarding Jesus Christ, known to be “the Son of God,” differs greatly. So who exactly is Jesus Christ? Catholic Christianity believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, which makes him almighty, divine and eternal. In contrast, Islam teaches that Jesus is the prophet of God (Allah) and he is as pure as Allah, but he is not the Son of God. The teachings of Catholic Christianity and Islam regarding Jesus Christ differ greatly because Jesus is the Son of God in Catholic Christianity and only a prophet in the Islamic faith.
He then formed the Holy Spirit for the Unification of World Christianity he became famous for group marriage ceremonies and many lawsuits filed against the cult from families who were deprogramming their children. The one cult that left a mark on Americans is The Peoples Temple and its leader Jim Jones. As I started to do my research for this project I had in mind I would do an overview of cults in American society in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s but one cult stood out from the rest it and it was The Peoples Temple and Jonestown. Jim Jones a very charismatic leader literally talked 914 people into killing themselves in the name of God. In this paper you will find strong evidence of how Jim Jones rose to power and why people followed his warped since of religion and
Justifications of Slavery in the Bible Slavery was probably one of the most significant and inhumane treatment in the history of the United States. Slave owners and authorities of that time, thought that the Bible, as a book of Christianity, is convincing and a proposal for executive of slavery. Therefore, they used it as a way to persuade those who disagreed with holding humans in captivity and abusing them as they are their own possessions. So, religion was the most proper way to serve a purpose of unburdens consciences of “white master” and super class that surrounded him in the religious community of that time. In the Bible there is a story that tells the origin of the African.
In this chapter we are going to look at the problem around Christology, in which there are many issues and polemics in this topic. There are many wrong interpretations related to the two natures of Christ. Christ, the Son of God is the second Person of the Trinity, yet He has two natures; human nature and divine nature. He must have these two natures to become a Mediator between God and human. Therefore, many churches have lost their true understanding concerning to the two natures of Christ, because they interpret it according to their own understanding.
In the book Heresies and How to Avoid Them by Ben Quash and Michael Ward, several chapters are dedicated to the heresies revolving around who and what Jesus is not. Arianism, docetism, nestorianism, and eutychianism are four heresies explore the divinity and humanity of Jesus Christ. I will argue these four heresies had an overarching theme of causing the church to struggle with the idea of God’s intimacy and how Jesus delivered us from our sin. I will do this by exploring the unique nature of Jesus Christ. Arianism is named after Arius, a man who believed Jesus was created, instead of eternal like God the Father.
We will examine the Reformers and the Roman Catholic Church’s position on this. 1. The Reformation Position In spite of the common core of Augustinian belief in salvation by grace alone, Roman Catholics and Protestants have strong disagreement over the doctrine of Justification. Catholics believe in the necessity of faith for justification, but Protestants believe in the exclusivity of faith. In fact, the heartcry of the Reformers was “justification by faith alone".
The story begins not with Matthias, but with a man named Elijah Pierson. This extremely religious man saw himself as a “messenger of God” and felt like he too could be like one of the Apostles in the Bible. The book then moves on to Robert Matthews who also like Elijah, was a devoted believer. Many mocked Matthias, which led to a whole other set of issues. In “The Kingdom of Matthias”, historians Paul E. Johnson and Sean Wilentz give an enthralling look into the chaotic movements of the religious revival known as the Second Great Awakening through the trials of Elijah Pierson and Matthias.
“The Scopes Trial is one of the best known in American history events because it symbolizes the conflict between science and theology, faith and reason, individual liberty and majority rule,” (Mintz and McNeil par 1). The decade of the 1920’s was an era of rebellion, prosperity, and social changes. One major event that shocked the country through its discordance between urban enlightenment and rural protestantism was called “The Scopes Trial”, which involved the teachings of evolution. Before the trial took place, an act known as “The Butler Act” established that public schools prohibited the teachings of evolution to students. This act was passed in early 1925 by the Tennessee General Assembly for the reason being that students shouldn’t
Luther went on to question the Church, reasoning if Christian practices had came to be corrupted, then it was possible its teaching were as well. In 1520 he wrote three political tracts that attacked the many practices of the Church which did not correspond to the Bible; topics include transubstantiation, the 7 sacraments and iconoclasticism in On the Babylonian Captivity of the Church, the right of a secular state to reform the Church (thus limit the latter’s power) in Address to the Christian Nobility, and lastly the Bible as the
He argued that Christians will be disturbing the peace and those who do are rebelling and are disobedient. If you become disobedient to the king, you are also disobeying God. Boucher argues that if God wanted them to have independence they would have had it, and they should be grateful and thankful with our without it. He says “Obedience to government is every man’s duty because it is ever man’s interest; but it is particularly incumbent on Christians, it is enjoined by the positive commands of God.” (#32; pg. 101) Boucher had many unpersuasive arguments.