William T Cavanaugh (2008), wrote Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire which is a philosophical book, which focus on four (4) economic life matters that addresses the consumer culture within society. These four economic life matters are free market, consumerism, globalization and economic scarcity. In order for this topic to be discussed on a theological point of view, the author draws the reader’s attention to human life, the ends of life in God. The key question in every process is whether or not the transaction contributes to the flourishing of each person involved. In order to address these questions the author points to concrete examples of alternative economic practices in which Christians participate-: business, co-operatives, credit union, practices of consumption which marks the vision for Christian economic life.
While having faith in God is necessary, doing good work is just as important because good works proves the existence of salvation. When God saves a person from their sins, that means that he or she is willing to put all of their wrong actions behind and reborn as a new person in Christ. If he or she still doing illegal actions, then their proclamations are not trustworthy. For example, in the movie 101 Dalmatians 2, Cruella De Vil announced that she had changed (meaning she will not produce any kind of animal-based clothes) after some psychological treatments.
The second point was not only to prove that using the I-Ching made it essential to understand the connection between Gnostics and Christianity. The third point made is how the this novel is not entirely about a deeper meaning tribute to any other work by Dick, and these other novels need to be compared and contrasted individually. The concept brought up is about how the I-Ching keeps up with the Christian tradition. Do people in general have free will or does fate win out and control people? By the end it is made prevalent that we as a human race need to accept out fate, but as well as put work towards it.
Can one not simply believe that Christ is and that by faith in his name accomplish what the meal is set out to work? This is the question that Calvin addresses in sections 5-7, as he remarks that there are those who believe the meal to be a solely spiritual affair. It’s not that Calvin directly disagrees with those who would state this, the distinction it seems is found somewhere between semantics and theological mystery, although Calvin does believe the difference is important in lived reality, I am not convinced this is a difference of any great magnitude. Calvin does admit that eating is by faith but that ‘the flesh of Christ is eaten by believing’ as a consequence of faith.
God teaches us all about these principles in the Bible and they all apply to us in modern-day life as well as back when “A Christmas Carol” was set. The first principle that is a crossover between “A Christmas Carol” and God’s teachings is how people can change their life around from heading straight to failure to a joyful life and an abounding future through seeking forgiveness. Scrooge doesn’t see this very quickly in the book, but he slowly develops knowledge of what it will take to reverse what he has done wrong throughout his life. The book and the Christian point-of-view have different views on how this reversal of someone’s future can happen, but the general idea of how it can happen for someone is the same, forgiveness. God sent his son, Jesus, to die on the cross for everyone’s sins
The liberation theology motto: “the preferential option for the poor” seems interesting, but when it comes at the cost of forgetting the role of Jesus Christ in the Salvation and the sacraments as channels for the Grace we should remember the verse of St. Matthew “The poor you will always have with you; but you will not always have me.” If we forget this we make Catholicism a commodity and people will leave it for other Christian confessions that at least speak of
This teaching is embodied in Romans 12:2 which states “Don 't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” With this verse and other Christian teachings in mind, questions of authenticity arise. If young Christians choose to participate in the hipster lifestyle, other Christians have wondered how authentic their faith is and whether the earthly hipster lifestyle can be reconciled with a traditional, pious one. Hipster Christians can also be considered increasingly political. As McCracken (2010) argues, this particular subculture is driving the church to consider issues of social justice, service and welfare to the forefront.
It is for this reason, the researcher contends, that the Church is the main advocator of interreligious dialogue; it might seem that this is an exclusivist claim but the researcher does not aim in stressing the primacy of Christianity. He only aims at pointing out that since Christianity had a closer grasp of the truth- since the Son of God proclaimed it- Christianity might help other religions in understanding better their beliefs. The paper contends that it is due to man’s constrained knowledge that the Semitic religions approach God differently. However, since Christianity though not absolutely perfect, had a closer grasp of
Limitations of the Business Model The limitations of churches operating as businesses will be discussed together with the case study of City Harvest Church. Case Study: City Harvest Church The central issue of the case was whether the monies channeled through the Building Fund and into the Crossover Project constituted a criminal breach of trust. Some details on the Crossover Project are presented below: The Crossover Project’s chief purposes were that of evangelising the “unchurched”, and encouraging Christians in the pop industry to “shine for Jesus”. These were to be accomplished via Sun Ho’s music career by extending the influence of the gospel through her music and concerts.
It achieved this goal by creating devout Christian followers who wanted to spread their newfound devotion to religion. While the church was first created to spread good, the church became increasingly corrupt during Martin Luther’s time. During the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church decided to teach that salvation was possible through works of righteousness that pleased God. While this statement does encourage acts of good, the church abused its meaning by proposing a new means of absolving oneself from sin. This new method was purchasing indulgences.
In an effort to maintain the principles established in Winthrop 's speech, ministers in New England created a set of practices known as the New England Way, which was made to strengthen the power of the church. However, as evidenced by rebels Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson, some individuals became unsatisfied with the ironclad Puritan Church. One of the core threats towards Winthrop 's shining vision was the notion of a market economy, which emphasizes an individuals free will in making economic decisions. This form of economy directly contradicts the New England Way, and demonstrates the change of values among the colonists. Other important factors in the erosion of New England Way include expansion, war with the Native Americans, and religious
In the book Branded Nation: The Marketing of MegaChurch, College Inc., and Museumworld, author James Twitchell suggests that modern Christianity falls into a “merchandising system” (Twitchell), in which the brands (churches) become aware of the demands of the consumers (church-goers) (Hanson). As the Christian religion evolves, churches have become aware that denominations are no longer a vital selling point to consumers site. In return, churches have become nondenominational, which has given churches a new way to brand themselves without having to fall into the requirements that their denominations defined as necessary (Hanson). With modern marketing and branding of churches, faith values of churches are highlighted and then connected to the needs and values of the consumers and churchgoers (Hanson).
Chapter three in Jesus and Nonviolence compares and contrasts Saul Alinsky’s principles to the nonviolent teachings of Jesus. I thought his first point, that power is not only what you have but also what your enemy thinks you have, to be an interesting point. I was wondering if this point, however, is suggesting you deceive the enemy? I do not think that being deceptive is the right answer. Alinsky also teaches to never adopt a strategy that you would not want your opponents to use against you (Pg. 46).
Why College Matters to God In the introductory chapter of Why College Matters to God, the author focused on what a worldview is and why it is important in a Christian college setting. According to the author, “A worldview is a framework of ideas, values, and beliefs about the basic makeup of the world.” One point made was that worldviews are more about actions, not just beliefs.
God manifests himself in what Christians regard as true and in our daily actions. C.S Lewis outlines in Book Two of Mere Christianity what we, as Christians, believe and why we have come to these conclusions. He explains opposition to Christianity and how we must quell the outbursts of non-believers. Using succinct and simple language he not only legitimizes God’s existence but His effect on humanity.