Christianity Essays

Integrative Approaches to Psychology and Christianity

Education and experience in the secular set-up or the what we call here as Athens wisdom believes differently from the biblical standpoint in whatever aspect of life. Psychology in general, though embraces somewhat a neutral position according to some proponents, is not able to do justice to a balanced view of human behavior and most if not all of the individual’s activities. Indeed, Author Dr. Entwistle (2004) argues about the general tendency to dichotomize or what he said as “to…

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Powerlessness in the Face of Evil

Most People have experienced, at one time or another, the frustration of simply not being able to escape a thought. If it is merely a song that keeps going through our mind, or a positive or neutral image, the problem is just that: frustration. But when it is an evil idea, our inability to throw it off, no matter what a person do, may drive into great inner need. For some people, it is a question of envy or jealousy;…

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Plato Vs. St. Augustine of Hippo

Our world has developed and flourished by the thoughts and contributions of many leaders. Among those leaders were Saint Augustine and Pluto. For many historians, Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and Augustine’s The City of God, are historical pieces that point out what had happened during ancient times. These pieces are significant because they shed some light on different thoughts and beliefs of people. Even though these works do not have similar world views, they attempt to show guidance to…

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_magdalena and Balthasar_ by Steven Ozment’s

In the story Magdalena and Balthasar by Steven Ozment’s, one is able to reconstruct the lifestyle of a sixteenth-century merchant family that lived in Europe. The life styles specifically shown in Magdalena and Balthasar’s relationship was anything but an average lifestyle. Although the couple dealt with many problems such as the separation due to business, they were able to keep their marriage stable through letters. In these letters one is able to uncover their beliefs about their family life, marriage,…

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History of Christianity

Both Christianity and Judaism came from the same God. Both Judaism and Christianity share the same Old Testament as our holy scriptures. The foundations of faith in God are rooted in the Old Testament, so also that of the Jews, for their history and their laws are all in the Old Testament. Moreover, the entire Old Testament was written by Jews. ‘The New Testament was also written by Jews with the exception of Luke. Judaism is the name that men…

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The Byzantine Empire and the Islamic Caliphates

During the Post-Classical time period, the Byzantine Empire and Islamic Caliphates were similar in that they both had leaders in charge of everything and they both destroyed sites and objects that were believed to be sinful; however they were different in how the laws were created and how they dealt with unfavorable religions. To begin with, the Byzantine Empire and Islamic Caliphates are alike in that they both had leaders who were in charge of everything and they both destroyed…

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The Christian Church

The Christian Church was born out of the legacies of the Greek, Roman and Jewish cultures. Through God’s providence and perhaps advantageous timing, the Christian Church entered a world prepared for the truth of God. The Greeks provided a universal language and philosophy that supported the acceptance of the Church. Roman laws, organization, and commitment to peace created proper surroundings for the Church to flourish. Lastly, the Jewish religious principles, helped form the backbone of the Christian Church. Through a…

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Religious Freedom in the Philippines

I. Introduction Based on Dr. Jose Rizal’s symbolisms on the cover page of Noli Me Tangere, religion is a big influence with the perspective of the people. However, in the future, there will still be the influence of religion, but people are then educated. People stop continuing the old practices because they start to question the logic in doing these practices. This is only proof that even though the Filipino mind is deeply influenced by Christianity, being open to improving…

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A Good Friday Celebration

In many countries of the world that celebrate Easter, we think of dressing in our best clothes and going to church to pass our respects to Christ. If not Catholic or Christian, we think of a nice peaceful day with bunnies, Easter Egg Hunts for the kids, and a nice day to barbeque with family and friends. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world in a small country made up of thousands of islands is Philippines, a country that…

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Compare and Contrast the Spread of Islam

Two of the most significant religions are Islam and Christianity, their spread has effected many places throughout the world. Throughout the years these religions have had substantial impact on the course of history. There are many things alike and different between the spread of Islam in Africa and the spread of Christianity in Europe. During the first two centuries of the existence of each religion there were fundamental differences between the expansion of Christianity and that of Islam, despite early…

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Comparing Eastern and Western Religions

During a time when no vehicles existed or any type of technology, there was religion. This was part of the pre-modern times. Depending upon what part of the world you are from depends on what type of religion you are likely to encounter. This also determines the likelihood of what religion you may have grown up with. Your religion and your background helps in determining what values you may have. These believe and values vary in different religions. Some may…

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To Err Is Human, to Forgive Is Devine

Everyone makes mistakes, commit sins at some point in their life. It’s human nature to make mistakes. But to forgive someone from those mistakes is indeed very hard. It doesn’t happen naturally like making a mistake. People are acting in a godlike (divine) way when they forgive. One almost have to be in a real holy place in their mind and heart to forgive someone. So the proverbs are trying to say “To err is human” is human to make…

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Disciple Making Plan

The mandate of the Body of Christ to make disciples has been established. The Church needs to embody in physical structuring and deeds what is necessary to make this happen. It is obvious we need to do whatever it takes to make that a reality. Therefore, we must put together a plan – a disciple making plan that embraces that vision with biblical truths that show the values from which give direction for that vision to follow. The structural and…

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4 Mat Review Entwistle

In the book, Integrative Approaches to Psychology and Christianity by David N. Entwistle (2010) the reader is first introduced to the conflict of the integration of psychology and Christianity. The thought is that Christianity is based on faith and psychology is based on truth. As a result, it is the idea that Christianity and psychology may be impossible to coexist. “The integration of psychology and theology is virtually inevitable due to their mutual interest in understanding the ambiguities and mysteries…

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The Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church

Sacraments are saving graces from heaven.  They are the symbolic acts or visible signs, arising from the ministry of Jesus Christ and continued in, by and for the Church Jesus Christ established.  When received in faith, the sacraments fashion the faithful into the image and likeness of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Most High, in the latter’s Paschal Mystery.  The Paschal Mystery refers to the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Baush, 1983; Cooke, 1994; Schillebeeckx, 1963). The…

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