Essays on Religion

Non-Christian Religions: Sikhism, Islam, Judaism

Guru Nanak The declaration meant that Guru Nanak did not recognize God to serve the Muslims or Hindus only. He embraced unity in God for all humankind. I think that Guru Nanak’s conception of the divine is unique. It is not easy for someone to accept God and considers Him...

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Treaty of Waitangi Translation and Effects for Maori

Introduction Fenton and Moon argue that the Maori translation of the Waitangi Treaty by Anglican Missionary, Henry Williams is ambiguous and obscure. The translation was meant to deceive the Maori chiefs into signing the fake document by their colonials, the British Crown. The Maori who are the indigenous people of...

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Religious Studies: Ancient and Modern Cosmologies

Introduction The topic of cosmology has ignited a heated debate over a long period. Both religion and science have offered to contradict explanations regarding the origin of the universe (Ruggles 2005). Major religions such as Christianity, Islam, and Judaism are described to be monotheistic, and they attribute the creationism of...

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Shinto Religious Practices and Japanese Nationalism

Introduction & Thesis statement Globally, history has been quite an important part of human life with its imperativeness eminent in the contemporary world. For several decades since countries globally became dully independent and formulated means of governance, researchers have continuously argued that cultural, religious, and political paradigms in the current...

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Shinto Religion and Japanese Nationalism

Abstract Nationalism refers to the sense of togetherness whereby certain people feel that they belong to a certain group. This sense of togetherness is usually developed over years, with the help of other factors. In Japan, nationalism has been developed for years to an extent that many Japanese feel that...

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A Brief Introduction to the New Testament

The Importance of the Book of Romans The Epistle of Romans and all it fulfills has one motivation; to glorify God. It is the very reason for which humanity was created. The author, Apostle Paul, strongly asserts that he is not embarrassed by the Gospel since it is God’s power...

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Chapter 5 of “Religion in Society, a Sociology of Religion”

Introduction Based on a thorough reading of the book, I would have to say that Chapter 5: “Becoming Religious,” created the biggest impact on me. I realized that my religious orientation was, in fact, not out of personal choice, as I had originally believed, but was a direct result of...

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Prophet Muhammad and His Characteristics

Introduction Individuals are usually identified and associated with their behavioral characteristics and what they engage in their day to day lives. Different people go through different life experiences, which in one way or the other shape their behavior and determine the degree of success or failure they achieve in their...

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Is Religion Compatible with Secularism?

Model Case – Yes, Religion is compatible with Secularism The line separating secularism and religion is becoming thinner and thinner each day. Justin wondered whether secularism would at one time become a religion or if religions have any meaning in today’s secular life. In a conversation with his friend, Kelly,...

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Religion Sociology: Rational Choice Theory

Introduction At times, I wonder if religion can be placed deep down a human being or outside of human beings. In other words, is religion an external force or an innate force in human beings? Views on religion differ, but two schools of thought seem to arise strongly (Johnstone, 13)....

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Religion in America: African-American Churches

How important has the institution of the church been for African-Americans? African-American churches are churches whose ministry is predominantly done to African-American people living in the United States. The institution of the church has a significant role for the African-American people. The African-American churches were established after the abolition of...

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Religious Beliefs

Theism or atheism? The belief held by theists is that God’s existence can be proven by rational argument. It is true that God’s character is understood to be all-powerful (omnipotent), a God who is all-knowing (omniscient), unchanging (immutable), incapable of suffering (impassable), eternal and perfect righteousness (Peterson, et. al, 2002)....

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“Religion in Society: A Sociology of Religion” by Ronald Johnstone

Introduction The most important chapter in this context is chapter one. Apparently, all people have some familiarity with the religion, although they may not be affiliated with any religious group in particular. However, religion plays a crucial role when it comes to the field of politics (Dawson, 2011). Probably, terrorism...

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Wisdom in Old and New Testament

Introduction What is wisdom? Even humble attempts to explore the concept—for example, by asking one’s friends to define it—will reveal quite a variety of interpretations. However, all of them will revolve around understanding the way things are, knowing the way they work, making the right decisions, and advising others what...

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