The True Believer Summary Essay

The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements, is a sociology book written by Eric Hoffer in 1951. His book attempts to explain and analyze the motives of mass movements, how and why mass movements start, how they advance and the way they will end, and the similarities between all of them. Whether … Read more

Honor The Grotto Analysis Essay

INT. LIVING ROOM – NIGHT AQUARIAN sits on the couch in a typical, suburban living room while her parents (ROMERO and LILITH), clothed in black robes, stand waving their hands and wagging their fingers, clearly lecturing. LILITH I cannot believe you! Where is your dedication to the Dark One? ROMERO By the time she was … Read more

Mircea Eliade’s Theory Of Shamanism Essay

Mircea Eliade wrote an incredible book on shamanism. He describes shamanism as, “A first definition of this complex phenomenon, and perhaps the least hazardous, will be: shamanism= technique of ecstasy”. Shamanism cannot be explain in a simple sentence, but this is the safest one, without being incorrect according to Eliade. Even though his book is … Read more

Ethical Issues In The Truman Show Essay

The movie, The Truman Show, tells the story of a man named Truman (played by Jim Carrey) who lives his entire life in the set of a reality TV show that is cast to the entire world. The very popular hit contains his life from birth to present day and shows his genuine reaction to … Read more

Alacahoyuk Summary Essay

In the article “The sculptures of Alacahoyuk: A key to religious symbolism in Hittite representational art”, a Professor of Hittitology, Piotr Taracha, proposes that Alacahoyuk was one of The Hittites holy cities. According to Piotr Taracha, Alacahoyuk is located in Northern Anatolia just above the capital, Hattusa. The significance of the site Alacahoyuk is analyzed … Read more

Argumentative Essay: What Is Rafi Badwi?

Does standing up for liberty simply mean to stand up just for those in this country? Are the rights in the Declaration of Independence only inherent to those in this country, or are they instead fundamental human rights wherever humanity exists? The rights of men to be treated equally should not be limited only to … Read more

Paley’s Natural Theology Analysis Essay

At the outset of the nineteenth century in Britain, religious faith and the study of the sciences tended to exist in harmony with each other. The study of God’s Word, in the Bible, and His Works, in nature, were assumed to be two versions of the same ultimate truth. 1 When William Paley published Natural … Read more

A World Lit Only By Fire Analysis Essay

The novel, A World Lit Only by Fire by William Manchester delves into the history of Europe’s dark ages through the early Renaissance. Three key figures constantly referred to within the novel include Erasmus, Martin Luther, and Ferdinand Magellan. All three men are responsible for Europe’s entrance into a modern era of reformation, knowledge, and … Read more

Nudity In Cat’s Cradle Essay

Is honesty the best policy even if the truth disturbs many people? Kurt Vonnegut bluntly relays his opinion on the war between science and religion and other controversial topics concerning life though his novel, Cat’s Cradle. Consequently, it was banned by the Ohio School Board in 1972, but “without stating an official reason”(Indianapolis Monthly). The … Read more

In The Dragon’s Flaw Analysis Essay

Abolqasem Ferdowsi’s In the Dragon’s Claws: The Story of Rostam & Esfandiyar from the Persian Book of Kings, is a story that comes from the Shahnameh, a book containing many different narratives detailing Iranian history and mythology. The story In the Dragon’s Claws presents two heroes of Iran, Rostam and Esfandiyar, who are victims of … Read more

Symbolism In The Open Boat Essay

Stephen Crane: The Open Boat In his short story, ‘The Open Boat,’ Stephen Crane displays to us a universe completely indifferent to the affairs of humankind; we live in an apathetic world, in which man has to fight and struggle to live. The characters illustrated in the story come faceto-face with this indifference and all … Read more

Reflective Essay On La Herradura

In August of 2014 I traveled to Alajuela, Costa Rica, with a missions team from my church. Our team’s purpose was to aid the Rice and Beans Ministry. The director of RABMin, Fred Curry, warned us that not everyone that we would encounter would accept us with open arms. Fred knew that some locals would … Read more

Essay about Ganesha’s Influence In Hinduism

Hinduism is a major world religion that is still influential in major parts of the world, such as India, Shri Lanka, and much of East Asia. Many of its deities have had an influence on the way of life of its followers. One of these deities, Ganesha, has influenced the way Hindus go about taking … Read more

The Hindu Caste System Essay

Caste System Throughout thousands of years in the Hindu religion, a person’s social class was determined immediately after they are born. This organisation was then later known as the Caste System. Caste members lived, married, and worked within their selected group. A person born into one caste was not allowed to change castes or associate … Read more

Confucianism, a moral and religious system of China

Confucianism is a moral and religious system of China. Its origins go back to the Analects, the sayings attributed to Confucius, and to ancient writings, including that of Mencius. Confucius was born a mandarin under the name Kongzi. It was developed around 550 B. C. In its earliest form Confucianism was primarily a system of … Read more

Islam, a religion that has existed for millions of years

Islam is a religion that has existed for millions of years. The followers believed that there is one God and Muhammad is his messenger. Muhammad was deeply troubled by the idol worship of Arabs and the moral ills of society. When he was about 40, he was meditating and heard a voice. According to Muslim … Read more

The Norton Anthology of English Literature

As The Norton Anthology of English Literature says, “By far the larger proportion of surviving literature in Middle as in Old English is religious” (7). This shouldn’t be surprising since we know education had a religious affiliation; men were educated, went to “universities” to become clerics. “The church offered a path for gifted commoners to … Read more

The Christian era

In the sixth century before the Christian era, religion was forgotten in India. The lofty teachings of the Vedas were thrown into the background. There was much priest craft everywhere. The insincere priests traded on religion. They duped the people in a variety of ways and amassed wealth for themselves. They were irreligious to say … Read more

Judaism or Judaisms

It has been argued that Judaism can be seen not only as a single religion, but as a group of similar religions. It has also been pointed-out that through all the trials and tribulations that Judaism has suffered through, that there have been common themes that have proven omni-pervasive. Any institution with roots as ancient … Read more

The Main Religion of the Heian Period

Two Buddhist sects, Tendai and Shingon, dominated religion in the Heian period. The word tendai means heavenly platform, and the word shingon means true word. Both of them belonged to the Mahayana, Great Vehicle, branch of Buddhism originating in India, and both of them were imported from China by the Japanese court at the beginning … Read more

Death from a Buddhist and Christian Point of View

“You will be with me today in paradise,” Jesus Christ told this to the thief on the cross while they were dying. However, can people believe that there is truly life after death? In many different religions there are different perceptions of life after death. For example in the Buddhist religion, the Buddhist people believe … Read more

The Koran

According to the traditional account the Koran was revealed to Muhammad, usually by an angel, gradually over a period of years until his death in 632 C. E. It is not clear how much of the Koran had been written down by the time of Muhammad’s death, but it seems probable that there was no … Read more

The types of cults

There are many types of cults in the world, cults are everywhere but you just do not see them. Every person in the world has been in contact with them in one way or another in many cases you cannot see them. The closest cult we know of is on Rice Lake called the Moonies … Read more

Cults: Brainwashing

The controversy surrounding new religious movements seems to be foremost concerned with whether or not the members of these religions come of their own freewill or if they convert as a necessary and inevitable response to advanced “brainwashing” techniques used by the cult leaders. The concept of brainwashing came into popular existence in the 1950’s … Read more

The Hebrews Prophets: Isaiah & Amos

“Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees , to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people. Making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless. What will you do on the day of the reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom … Read more

Religion Through the Ages

The role religion plays in world history is, at best, tremendous. Through the ages, religion has both unified and divided civilizations often bringing extreme human casualty, in the case of division, or creating interesting new cultures, in the case of the latter. In the Ancient civilizations such as the Greek, Kush and Egyptian empires religion … Read more

The Eucharist

Eucharist is the central rite of the Christian religion, in which bread and wine are consecrated by an ordained minister and consumed by the minister and members of the congregation in obedience to Jesus’ command at the Last Supper, Do this in remembrance of me. In the Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches, and in the … Read more

A Sociological View of Rastafarianism

Organized religion is a duality between the religion and the church which represents it. Sometimes the representation of the religion is marred and flawed to those who view it because of the bureaucracy contained within. Unknown to those who gaze upon the dissolved morals and values of what is perceived to be the contradiction known … Read more

Philosophy of spiritual gifts

The area of Spiritual gifts is one the holds great interest for me. The thought that The different areas of effectiveness and skills are from God is interesting. I grew up with the teaching that we had God given abilities but never equated these with “spiritual gifts”. They were just skill that we had been … Read more

Different Interpretations Of Religion

“Nearly everyone has some conception of religion. In fact, sometimes it appears that there are as many definitions of it as there are people” (Schmidt 9). Not only does each person have his or her own way of defining religion; each person has his or her own way of practicing religion. Studying these different practices … Read more

The Old Testament

A myriad of mysteries is contained in the pages of the Old Testament. For centuries, scholars of theology, archeology and anthropology have labored to produce some explanation of the contradictions and impossibilities put forth in these texts. The ancient ruins of lost cities reveal evidence that some writings may be incorrectly dated, or even that … Read more

Hinduism and Buddhism

Hinduism is the main religion of India. Honduism has no founder or formal church. This religion’s roots are from ancient Aryan beliefs and practices. It is the way a way of life. Unlike Hinduism, Buddhism has somewhat of a founder of the religion. It all started around 600 b. c. The Brahman cast had become … Read more

Religious Beliefs Essay

Today’s religious beliefs, governmental structures, laws and traditions of social behavior find their roots in the development of three main belief systems – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Although other religious movements have developed throughout the years, these three belief systems have had the most impact on civilizations of the West. To better understand this impact, … Read more

Compare and contrast Jewish, Christian and Islamic Fundamentalism

Fundamentalism: The belief in old and traditional forms of religion, or the belief that what is written in a holy book, such as the Christian Bible, as being completely and literally true. The Cambridge International Dictionary of English Fundamentalism: a: a movement in 20th century Protestantism emphasizing the literally interpreted Bible as Fundamental to Christian … Read more

Social and Political Reactions to Mormon Polygamy

“We are a peculiar people,” Elder Bruce R. McConkie once said (McConkie 25). The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of a few “odd” Christian religions. Many of its practices have created much persecution and political reaction, polygamy being one of these. It created much social and political persecution of the Mormons. … Read more

The Word “Disciple”

At the mention of the word “disciple”, the image most people conjure up is that of a faithful pupil, a person more than willing to follow the teachings of their leader without question. However, the early disciples didnt always conform to this stereotype. In fact, they sometimes showed a complete lack of faith, finding it … Read more

The International Church of Christ

The International Church of Christ didn’t come from nowhere, although it sometimes looks that way to unsuspecting people when a new ICC church is planted in their city or community. The ICC itself largely ignores its roots — current members rarely hear anything about the group’s history prior to the early 1990s, and earlier periods … Read more

Greek Religion Essay

In its simplest form Greek religion means the worship of the Mount Olympian deities (gods or goddess) whose king Zeus resided among the peaks of Mount Olympus. Each deity had several different attributes. Thus Apollo was the god of light and music; Athena was the goddess of wisdom and war, and also patroness of Athens. … Read more

The Shinto religion

The Shinto religion was started in the Tokugawa period (1600-1868) of Japanese history. The Tokugawa Enlightenment inspired a group of people who studied kokugaku, which roughly translated means nativism, Japanese Studies, or Native Studies. Kokugaku’s intent was to recover Japanese character to what it was before the early influences of foreigners, especially the Chinese. Some … Read more