MacLeish has written an amazing play based on extremely old story from bible and transferred it in, quite a modern setting. Though the idea of events are the same, digging deeper into both main characters of stories we can see how they are related but also see few major differences. Starting with most obvious comparison of Job and J.B. is who they are. J.B. is a millionaire who lived in New England after WWII, while Job was a wealthy man in Uz, millennium before Christ. Both Job and J.B. had wives named Sarah and lots of children.
Swinburne would argue that St. Theresa’s character would not lie about a supposed religious experience due to her deep faith in God and morals suggesting that her visions must have been from an external agent. On the other hand, it could be heavily argued that scientific advances could prove otherwise and expose the visions of Christ as an act of the mind ‘playing tricks’. Science has shown that the temporal lobe when stimulated through seizures can produce an altered perception such as religious experiences of this variety. St. Theresa had these visions in the 1500’s when science was in its earliest stages and religion was an answer for everything; these factors appear to support Richard Swinburne’s defence of certain types of characters not lying in support of
10 Major Religions 1. Christianity: Christianity is an Abrahamic, Monotheistic religion based on the life and the teachings of Jesus Christ. Christianity is the world’s largest religion, with about 2.4 billion members. Christianity began in the mid-1st century. Originating in the Middle East, it quickly spread to Europe, Syria, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor and Egypt.
The Catholic Church has a magisterium - its teachings have a God-given authority that is equal to the authority of scripture. The Pope has even got the power to make infallible statements - statements that cannot be questioned. Within Protestant churches, the church has an advisory role. It can recommend one action over another, it can condemn certain actions entirely - you can even be kicked out of the church for certain actions. However, the individual is still left to decide where to stand in relation to church teaching.
2 EXPERIENTIAL APOLOGETICS One form of apologetics is called “Experiential Apologetics”. This method of apologetics asks “Have we experienced God?” We know God exists because we have been able to 3experience His being around us. This is very much the same as fideism, which is reliance on faith rather than reason in the pursuit for religious truth (Merriam Webster Dictionary). Experiential apologists could use their personal testimony, which is a vital
Wilson Ayala Mr. Roccanova Comedy & Satire 14 October 2011 Religion the Problem and Solution for Everything “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen. Not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” This quote by the famous author C. S. Lewis describes exactly how I feel about my religion. My religion helps me see the world clearly and gives everything life meaning. Religion can be split into one of two basic groups, polytheistic religions in which someone worships multiple gods and monotheistic religions in which the follower worships only one single God. Wouldn’t it be nice and easy if that were it, and that’s what religion is all about?
The belief in a miracle can come from either experiencing them or religious reasons and explanations. People that believe in miracles usually believe in the religious evidence that we are provided with. Christians and Catholics will believe that miracles can happen because there are a lot of stories in the bible that seem to break the laws of nature and almost seem impossible to believe in, for example Jesus healed poorly people and he rose from the dead. In our society people believe that rising from the dead is humanly impossible and then jump into assumptions that this event must of had some sort of supernatural explanation; others will not believe it at all. Catholic people think that if you believe in God miracles seem more obvious to you and if you deny and test the existence of God then it will be harder to see the miracles happen.
Evolutionary Christianity With the times that we are in today, we can see that our faith is at the point of maturing, or becoming more known to man individually. Our faith at one time use to be pure greatness, somehow this all changed with time, but now we can see that the greatness of faith is returning. Evolution is expanding globally and making itself more known to the world. Many people that believe in different religions tend to have put aside evolution. This is because to some people, evolution is more of a random, has no meaning and to some it is 'Godless'.
Many people would not agree that Christianity and theology cannot be integrated, but in actuality it can. This book helps the reader understand the basics of what psychology and theology is and how it can be integrated beautifully if you take the right steps and don’t remain open minded to your view of the world. Worldview, as defined by Entwistle, is “a set of presuppositions which we hold about the basic make-up of the world” (Entwistle, 2010 p.56). Our worldview assumptions whether it is true or not, plays a major role in how we relate psychology and Christianity. Every individual will have their own truth because the lens through which they see the world is biased.
It is the teaching that takes these events, stories, myths and presents them to the followers in a way that allows them to understand and whole heartedly believe in. Because not every religion has writings from the inception of the religion, it is necessary for these teachers to pass down this information and knowledge verbally whether one on one or in a group setting. This makes the experience more intimate and allows the ideals being passed down to go from myth or story to reality. Most if not every religion today uses books, scrolls or writings of some sort to document the present and to teach the past, means that the texts used in the religion are incredibly important. It’s necessary for them to me accurate and