The two groups’ backgrounds both highly honor scripture. In the second chapter of Square Peg Robert Mulholland discloses the idea that fundamentalists believe the Bible has “comprehensive and rationally accessible inerrant divine truths or propositions.” Their idea of the Bible is that it becomes a collection of information given vocally or dictated to writers. On the contrary, Wesleyans have the belief that the Bible is the resource by which believers need to focus on the message of God. This message is most definitively given through Jesus Christ coming to earth. However, it appears that the shift in focus can drastically change the interpretations in the Bible.
The people conquered by charlemegne , after being converted to christianty, were taught through the bible of codes that taught right and wrong. It was nesscary for the church to play a role in this education of the people, because only the clergy were educated. The church also guided charlemagene’s hand as a ruler, for he took on many conquests and missions so this way the Christian relgion could spread throught Europe. Indeed, his desire and passionate to spread his kingdom and government was interwined with his desire to spread the Christian relgion and have the people live according to the word of god. At that beginning of the caroligian dynasty the church was suffering from problems.
Martin Luther is considered one of the greatest Christian minds in all of history. Martin Luther was the founder of Protestantism. But to better understand Martin Luther, one has to go back to the time period he lived in, and the culture that surrounded him. After that, the reasons for his beliefs can be better understood, and his life begins to make sense. Finally after one learns about Luther’s life and culture, he can then begin to see the effect Luther’s life had on the culture of his day that have remained strong unto the present.
Antipas replied to Luke saying, “If the goal of your narrative is to demonstrate Jesus’ claim to honor, it will have a lot of ground to cover” (Lost Letters of Pergamum 63). Naturally, curious Antipas was very interested in Luke’s words about Christ, and even though these new ideas were against his faith at the time, and it seemed that it would take eternity to learn all about them, he engaged in the monograph provided by Luke. Luke started to tell first about Jesus and his influence and the kind actions on Earth. The apostle told about how Jesus healed another apostle Peter’s mother in law and many other ill people, how he calmed a huge storm, and how he taught one of the most important lessons, “Ask, and it will be given you,” for people (Matthew 7:7). Luke then continues on teaching how a true believer should live his or her life and how to distinguish who is a real Christian and who just calls him or herself as one.
“Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1 NASB) Many Christians today see the Apostle Paul in a western context in which his “divinely inspired” writing magically comes to him, putting him far outside what any Christian could hope to reach. E. Randolph Richards strives to alter this train of thought in his book Paul and First-Century Letter Writing. Richards emphasizes the processes, customs, and mechanics involved with letter writing in the first-century, which transforms Paul into a person, that Christians can identify with, making imitating him a more tangible idea. “The more we can see a flesh-and-blood Paul scribbling notes under a shade tree during an afternoon rest stop or huddled with a colleague and a secretary in the living room of a third-story apartment on a cold, blustery winter’s day, the more we have a real person whose life we can emulate. A Paul who argued with colleagues over how something should be worded, who modified material from sermons to use in other presentations, who juggled writing with preaching and ministry, is a Paul that many Christians can identify with, and even follow.” One of the modern day ideas of Paul the Richards tries to alter is that he worked in solitude, only sharing his letters when they were sent off to their intended recipients.
The last example I am going to give about Pagan values is loyalty. The Pagan culture greatly believed in loyalty. This next line from Beowulf proves it: “The Geats stayed, sadly watching and waiting / for their leader to return” (531-534). A quote that I like reminds me of the Pagan values. “You either die a hero, or live long enough and be seen as a villain”.
Feudalism, or a class system that regulates relationships among classes of people, was furthered by the Church and helped mold daily life. Other reasons why the Middle Ages can be labeled as the Age of Faith include the various reform movements initiated and roles the pope played. The era between 500 and 1400 in Western Europe, or the Middle Ages, can be labeled the Age of Faith because of the Church’s influence in unification throughout Western Europe, daily life, and politics. Although the Church didn’t come into its full potential for power until about the eleventh century, the Catholic Church did have a lot of influence in uniting Western Europe. Right after the Roman Empire fell, many Germanic tribes went to war with each other and carved Western Europe into small kingdoms.
It usually starts a very young age by bringing the child to church or to Sunday school. Most Christians start teaching their children the stories of the bible and how what you do affects you in the afterlife. Most Christians believe in getting baptized at an early age so you can be cleansed of all sins. In the Christian religion, even if you have lived a life of sin, so long as you repent in the end, you will be saved and given eternal life. This is not so in other religions.
The quality of individuality so important in western values, best expressed in classical liberals and even more so in radical liberals, can also be expressed in the religious traditions of Islam and Protestant Christianity. Both religious traditions place an individual’s personal relationship with the creator as the foundations of the faith. This individuality is extremely important in many postmodern political cultures. Tory corporatists however are the dominate cultural group for both Protestants and Muslims. Peace, however, as a tradition can be a quality more difficult to find.
One Way, One Truth states many statistics on teenagers lives compared to when there was Bibles in public schools and then also when the Bibles were taking out from the schools in 1963. There will be a safer environment when Christianity is allowed in schools and change will take place. Having the Bible and prayer in school would make the education system better while at the same time, preparing students for their lives. “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Position Paper – One Way, One Truth “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” (First, 2010).