The common belief today is that our nation, the United States of America, was founded on Christian principles by colonists who fled from religious persecution. Most American’s are under the impression that the Founding Fathers came from the same background as the Puritans or Pilgrims and instilled their Christian beliefs into the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. But the early presidents and patriots were generally Deists or Unitarians, who believed in one God, but found fault with organized religion. When you examine the Declaration of Independence or the Bill of Rights, you will see the absence of any reference to Christianity and the Constitution has no reference to God or religion except to ensure it wasn’t part of America’s framework. The United States of America was not founded on Christian principles but on the enlightened principle of human rights, that all people are created equal, and endowed with certain rights, among those are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Most Christian students Walsh says, see no real connection between their studies and their faith. There is isolation between faith and studies. Walsh explains how there is no Christian approach to papers and work. Another option that occurs because of some Christians feeling uncomfortable with an isolationist approach is a mixing of both. Walsh calls this Christian+university=A bit of both.
She became accustomed to their sense of expression and, at times, found herself conforming to this. There were times where Edna learned that she did not have to bottle things up inside, and that she was a free individual who could share her feelings with people who cared for her, such as Adele. Edna seemed so accustomed to the culture that she seemed to engulf herself in it. She almost became like the rest of the Creoles. She had these moments, “awakenings,” such as emotional releases and her new freedom of expression that transformed her traditions and customs that she was so used to.
The Jewish people were given a day of atonement (Yom Kippur), directly by G-d, so there is no need to go through an imaginary man named Jesus (Yehoshua Ben Yosef) for anything. Jews have no need for others to convert to our faith, and it is very hard to convert to Judaism. Mormons feel others should cast away their beliefs and believe as if they are the only true way to G-d. Because of this, I believe Mormons should leave Jewish people alone, not try to convert, change families, or baptize dead Jews. First, the reason I believe they should leave Jewish people alone is because they force other people to believe in Christ. They come to my family’s house every Sunday, harassing my parents trying to get us to attend their church and trying to preach to us the book of Mormon when we don’t even want them to come to our house unless they’re invited.
The social structure of the New England Puritans was a brotherhood. As the leader of the Puritans, John Winthrop, Governor of Massachusetts, believes that they should be an example of the purest religion, free from prosecution which he expresses in his essay, “A Modell of Christian Charity” (Doc A). The puritans had a powerful sense of purpose; to build a Christian theocracy. The community of the Puritans was tightly woven and centered on the church and town hall with a strong relationship between church and state (Doc B). The people believed in the necessity of education and a trained and educated ministry.
I know most consider Pentecostal Christian religious people are outside the normal realms of sanity. I grew up Pentecostal and I have never used snakes in my services and nor would I ever use snakes. Most believe Pentecostal women wear dresses or skirts, don’t wear makeup, or even cut their hair when in fact I did all of those while still attending church. We were considered non-strict Pentecostal denominations. As I have learned though research there are different sects of the Jewish faith that have broken on from the Orthodox views and do believe Jesus is the messiah and they some also believe in eating all
in Biema 42). There is no law against using the Bible in schools; teaching the Bible in public schools should be acceptable as long as the course is neutral in its approach. Students with an understanding of the Bible may have an advantage in academia due to its many references in history and literature. Many people argue that teaching the Bible in the public school is unconstitutional and say that it violates one’s first amendment right. Stephen Prothero, chair of the Boston University religion department, argues that he has “never seen a Bible-literacy course change anyone’s faith one way or another” (qtd.
The author uses these examples to refer to how western civilization needs this spirituality to obtain the inner peace that we lack. In all, the author uses this essay to say how “Spirituality entails no worship.” However, being of a Christian faith this is where I differ from the author. I feel the only way for my spirituality to have an effect on my life, is to align it with my faith. The author clearly states that he is a non-believer, and has had several conversations about religion with believers from different religions. It was during the traditional Hindu ceremony of burying his mother, which was performed by a pundit, that he became aware of this deep spiritual experience.
Many believers do not count the cost of following Christ. One is told to accept the free gift of eternal life, repent of sins, join a church, and then learn to do the best one can concerning all the rest. One is usually not told about the cost of being a Christ-follower, nor does one have much of an idea of what God expects of them now that they are saved. Stewardship is entirely based on the first commandment, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Holy Bible, NIV, Mat 22:37). Stewardship is the product of one’s new worldview that is brought about by one’s conversion.