Research Papers/Topics in Religious Studies And Theology

MEANINGFUL IMPACTS OF DYNAMICS IN CULTURE AND RELIGION

The relationship between culture and religion is often seen as a pseudo-conceived one (positive or negative one), with freedom of both often invoked to defend human and course of existence. In response, many draw a distinction between culture and religion, and what is insinuated is that culture is the problem, not religion. However, the reality is that in many cases, culture and religion are not so distinct, with cultural practices becoming “religionized” and religious ideas becoming part...

Women as Culture Creators; A Critical Response to Monica Sjöö Barbara Mor

The article explores the argument for a developing agrarian society due to the frequent inefficiency of male hunting. The earliest attribution of Goddess worship is suggested as pre-dating male deity along with a consideration that the agricultural Neolithic Revolution was preceded by a cultural revolution in religious practices and the use of symbolism. This response explores the authenticity of the claims propounded by Sjöö & Mor with particular reference to the Çatalhöyük complex in Anatolia.

French Nationalism and Religious Recession - Religion In A Secular State

The history and challenges presented to France as an example of a secular state addressing religious presence.

The importance of Hajj

This essay explores the place of Hajj as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. It considers whether these devotions, exemplified ny Hajj, can be undertaken in a superficial fashion by the individual, or does the manner in which they are practised as an internalised experience, identify the relationship that the person is developing with Allah. The essay concludes that Hajj not only focuses the mind toward Allah, but also provides the potential for symbolic empowerment when confronting, and overco...

Celts, Copts and St Anthony - Notes on pre-Augustine Coptic and Celtic churches

Exploring the earliest contacts with the Coptic and Celtic churches regarding the pre-Augustine mission.

Durkheim - the emergence of religion and the limitations of his approach

Durkheim’s argument consisted of two propositions. Firstly, that religion was not divinely inspired but born as an expression of society and within that expression the capability to transcend itself and, secondly, as a means of social coherence, the ability to build its own citadel; a self-contained social organism with modus operandi specific to its own needs. His work in this field is very insightful in terms of its observations, of its structure and the content of its mechanics, but its ...

A critical discussion of ethical issues raised by war

In this essay the role of religion in a Just War is addressed. Considered is the political currency which can be gained by using established religious tenets as a motivating force for political approval by the people with regard to political ideals. It also introduces the possibility of two levels of ethical criteria. Primary texts are taken from The Dhammapada, Aquinas’ Summa Theologica, The Gospel of Matthew, The Bhagavad Gita and Ninian Smart. Secondary texts include Thomas Hobbes’ Lev...

LIBERAL CHRISTIAN GIVING

Our generosity in giving is a demonstration of God’s character and a response to what He has done for us.  As God has given to us generously, we are to give cheerfully, not by necessity or grudgingly. When we appropriately receive God’s generosity, it humbles us. We recognize that we are not worthy of His gift. Out of gratefulness, we become more gracious with others. When one person gives freely to another, the recipient often “passes forward” the gift. In the Christian life, the im...

BIBLICAL YOUNG ADULT COUNSELING

Working with teens has its own unique set of challenges and oftentimes as providers we’re relegated to positions of listener, mentor, and guide, regardless of whether or not we’re actual therapists or counselors. I have known many teachers who build authentic relationships with their students and in turn their students feel more comfortable talking to them about their problems rather than the school therapist. For educators ,it’s important to know that there are limitations to the cou...

AFRICAN INDEPENDENT CHURCHES (AICs): Overview of History, Achievements and Prospects

African Indigenous Church(AIC) is a Christian church independently started in Africa by Africans rather than by missionaries from another continent. African Indigenous Churches, also known as African Independent Churches, African Initiated Churches,African Instituted Churches, or just AICs, represent well over 10,000 independent Christian denominations in Africa. African Indigenous Churches are found in every region and country in Africa, but they are more adequately documented in west Af...

OLD TESTAMENT COVENANT (types and foundations)

Covenant is one of the most important theological ideas in biblical theology. It is reflected in the traditional labels Old and New Testaments,i.e. ,covenants. The concept exists at significant points in the Bible’s storyline and is the theological glue that binds promise to fulfillment.  Psalm 25:14, David says,“The secret of the LORD is for those who fear Him, and He wilt make them know His covenant". The secret of covenant must be approached in the reverent fear of God. It is wit...

Abortion and Its Moral Implications

INTRODUCTIONNaturally, human beings  are moral  beings for they  make  use  of their reason and juxtapose it with the faculty of their will and intellect in making decisions. Man’s actions are therefore subjected to moral principles due to the gift of reason and freedom that differentiate him from other animals (Steinbock,1998). In ethical commandment, human actions are judged to be right or wrong based on how much they agree with the moral law. Moral law is the law of nature as it con...

END TIME THINGS

It is often said that events and trends will take a different turn as the end of the world draws nearer. However, sceptics have always considered it to be another opium of the poor – and as such, it need not to be taken seriously. They believe that whatever happens in the world is just a normal phenomenon that goes with the rise and fall in human existence. They lay their claim on the fact that life has it time of growth and decay – both of which are caused by the actions and inacti...

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT for jmea

Abstract Man is homo religious, that is, a religious man. Hence, man as man cannot but worship something. Religious worship, therefore, as an expressive human act of faith links man to God. More so, in religion, the creature pays homage to the creator. Nigeria is a religious country with many religions of which the cardinal ones are African Traditional Religion, Christianity and Islam. These religious practices through different forms of teachings, doctrines and principles are capab...

St. Paul's Letter to Timothy: A model for Christian Leaders in Nigeria.

ABSTRACTPaul the Apostle, a personality known for efficient and exemplary type of life, profusely wrote and taught the  acceptable codes and conducts for a leader who is entrusted with the  mantle of leadership and all these codes and conducts for acceptable leadership are highlighted in several Pauline epistles in form of individual letters or letters to the Church (Theological books). Paul the Apostle, having identified his prowess through the divine unction from God, continued to...

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