Mediator Dei and Sacrosanctum Concilium

Mediator dei This encyclical began a defining moment in the history of the Church. It was promulgated by Pope Pius XII it became the first papal encyclical devoted specifically and entirely to the liturgy. Its relevance is still being felt till this day, and this is evident in the chain of events following it; for … Read more

The Festivals and Customs in the Theravada Buddhism

Between the numerous sects of Buddhism, there are many variations in how they are practiced. In Theravada Buddhism, certain festivals and customs stand out from the other ones, including the celebrations of Vesak, Magha Puja, and Asalha Puja. Starting off, Vesak, or Buddha Day, is a major cultural event, commemorating the birth, enlightenment, and passing … Read more

Go Tell It on the Mountain: Question of Who Is More Moral a Saint or a ‘Sodomite’

In James Baldwin’s Go Tell It on the Mountain, religion functions not only as form of worship but also as a covert site of sexual expression. In the novel’s opening chapters, Baldwin often characterizes religious worship in language that borders on the erotic. This undermines the popular conception of sexuality as detached from and even … Read more

The Great Depression; The Mormon Response

A New Strength in Church Ties The Mormon Response to the Great Depression The State of Utah has a reputation; the Mormon State. Rightfully so, as the majority of Utah is affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This religion, while a sect of Christianity, is often looked at as the outcast. … Read more

Scripture engagement – Lrctio Divina

Christians have been developing and practicing various Scripture engagement techniques for hundreds of years. This article is trying to help us understand the true methods of experiencing God in the Bible. The scripture engagement technique the article focuses on is Lectio Divina, this means “sacred reading” in Latin. This practice has been used for over … Read more

The Shadow Of The Galilean By Gerd Theissen; A Look At The Community, Historical And Spiritual Conditions Of The New Testament Era

Gerd Theissen’s contemporary piece, The Shadow of the Galilean: The Quest of the Historical Jesus in Narrative Form, is recognized for its engaging narrative that explores the social, religious, and historical contexts of the era of the New Testament. Throughout the work, Theissen weaves biblical references and historical citations to give the reader insight into … Read more

The similarities between the different world religions

When people think about the religions of the world they only think of the differences and there is so much more then that because they really have a lot of similarities. The most common similarity that Christianity, Islam and Judaism have is that they all believe in the existence of one God. There are many … Read more

The Monk’s Tale analysis

Although the Host demands a merry tale from the Monk, the Monk instead gives a series of cameo tragedies, all of which deal with the role of fortune in a man’s life. The Monk catalogues the fickleness of Fortune through a series of abbreviated tales about such people as Lucifer, Adam, Hercules, Samson, Nero, and … Read more

“Sense-for-Sense” translation in St. Jerome’s Letter

St Jerome’s letter emphasizes on using “Sense-for-sense” translation rather than “word-for-word” translation. He justified his method of translating sense-for-sense by listing examples of Cicero, Horace, Hilary the Confessor and other Classical authors, as well as the Evangelists and the Seventy Translator when translating from the sacred texts. Since the charges by the Clergy against St … Read more

Ethics and religion

In the 21st-century ethics as far as religious doctrines are concerned has taken a modernity turn. In the classical period religion was solely relied on to dictate morality but due to contemporariness catalyzed by education beliefs can no longer prescribe social principles. Issues are assessed and determined according to the will of people, social discussion, … Read more

Duffy’s Perspective on Religion in “Confession” and “Prayer”

The poet Carol Anne Duffy presents two different attitudes towards religion in her poems “Prayer” and “Confession.” In “Prayer,” Duffy contemplates how, in the absence of organised religion, comfort can instead be found in ordinary, prosaic occurrences. These usually insignificant experiences instead become a source of consolation for the unknown people discussed in the poem. … Read more

Living In A Small Town In Toole’s Novel

Small towns are often considered a safe place to grow up. Many who are born into these small towns never leave, perhaps because they are too frightened to leave all that they have ever known. These towns, however, are not without their problems. Rural small towns, especially in the South, carry a stigma of being … Read more

The Book of Daniel: A Stylistic Analysis

As 1950s America engulfed itself in a widespread fear of Communism, government officials became extra vigilant in finding and punishing possible spies and traitors. Suspects were arrested for saying the wrong thing, being seen in the wrong place at the wrong time, and even for thinking the wrong thoughts. As mass nervosa ensued, Americans began … Read more

Elk Grove Unified School District V. Newdow

Elk Grove Unified School District V. NewdowFacts: Michael Newdow’s daughter attended public school in California. Teachers everyday lead their students in the reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Michael Newdow is an atheist and believes that the Pledge is religious indoctrination since it contains the words “under God” and violates the First Amendment. Newdow filed suit … Read more

A Comparative Analysis Of The Art Lions And Old Testament Prophet In Saint-Pierre And Saint Theodore In Chartres Cathedral

The Medieval Period brought upon many new techniques and medias into the art world. Sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, stained glass, mosaics, and metalwork were used greatly in the 1000 years of the Medieval. Many artists during these times were still influenced by life of the Roman Empire and iconography of Christianity. Following the Byzantine, art continued … Read more

Athena greek mythology

The Greek goddess Athena was the goddess of wisdom and war. She was one of the most powerful goddesses. She was known for her strategic skill in war. Also, for being fierce and courageous in battle. Athena’s parents are Zeus and Metis. There’s a myth that says she was born from Zeus’s head. The story … Read more

Puja at Home and in the Temple

Puja the Hindu meaning of worship is the core ritual of popular polytheistic Hinduism (Fuller, 2004, p. 57). It primarily means paying respect or homage to one or more Gods through numerous actions that express the wish to please the chosen deity and offer service to them and hope for the blessing of God in … Read more

The Conversion of Saul to Paul

Saint Paul’s entire life can be explained in terms of one experience—his meeting with Jesus on the road to Damascus. In an instant, he saw that all the zeal of his dynamic personality was being wasted, and his life changed at that very moment. Perhaps he had never seen Jesus, who was only a few … Read more

A narration of St Mary’s miracles

Religious storytelling was one form of popular religion used to teach commoners. Simple stories connected religious ideas to ordinary people, events, and objects that were relatable and also taught moral lessons in a way that commoners could understand, much like a Biblical parable. The content and intended purpose of the stories and lessons depended upon … Read more

The Interpretation Of The Buddha Beads In The World Of Fashion

Fashion as Material Culture Fashion comes with various facets that include clothing, footwear, makeup, body piercing or accessories, which come in various forms. Mostly fashion goes with a particular time after which it becomes obsolete until it recurs again. Some of the products that we buy are both fashionable and material culture. The material culture … Read more

A Study of Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

War can turn even the strongest of men humble. The novel Fallen Angels is about a small group of men who come of age in the Vietnam War. Richie Perry, the novels protagonist, enlists in the army mainly to escape his problemsa bad relationship with his mother, a lack of opportunity in Harlem, and an … Read more

What is a Christian Worldview

Christian Worldview A worldview is the way someone sees the world. It’s their viewpoint on life and the world around them. This being said, what is a Christian worldview? A Christian Worldview is when someone views the world with the Bible in mind and the understanding that everything in it is entirely true[1]. Knowing that … Read more

4 dogmas of the catholic church

Mary, Mother of God That Mary is the mother of Jesus Christ our Lord and named as the “Mother of God” or in greek term “Theotokos” or “Birthgiver of God”. According to what I’ve researched in the internet, Mary’s divine motherhood was proclaimed at the Council of Ephesus in 431. According to CCC 509, “Mary … Read more

The Responsibilities of a Believer of the Jainism Religion

Practicing Jainism can be extremely challenging for the individual follower. The Jain follower takes full karmic responsibility for all of his actions, and yet his good intentions do not by themselves grant him any extra good karma. He can neither receive good karma from others nor transfer his bad karma to anyone else. If he … Read more

The Greek God Uranus

The influence of the philosophers, Cicero, in De Natura Deorum (“Concerning the Nature of the Gods”), claims that he was the offspring of the ancient gods Aether and Hemera, Air and Day. According to the Orphic hymns, Uranus was the son of Nyx, the personification of night. I n the Olympian creation myth, as Hesiod … Read more

A look at the scientology’s church history

The Church of Scientology was founded by L. Ron Hubbard in 1953 in Camden, New Jersey. The church has been at the center of many controversies for many years. L. Ron Hubbard founded the church as the follow-up to his popular self-help book, “Dianetics.” The church grew exponentially in terms of membership over the years … Read more

David Miscavige’s use of fruitful and nonfruitful leadership qualities in his role as the leader of scientology

Introduction Ever since its inception, the practice of Scientology has been of great interest to many outside of it due to its unconventional customs. The Church of Scientology was founded by L. Ron Hubbard in 1950 (Wood). Hubbard passed away in 1986, naming no clear successor (Howell). David Miscavige rose to the challenge shortly after, … Read more

What is Karma?

First of all, the question is what is Karma? The actual definition of this word from the dictionary is, “ an action, seen as bringing upon oneself inevitable results, good or bad, either in this life or in a reincarnation” If you really think about it this definition has a very powerful meaning. I can … Read more

Overciming Struggles in Life

They say life is full of ups and downs. There are challenges we face in life that can hold us back from achieving God’s divine purpose for our existence. These challenges might come in different ways, but the Bible assures us that we are overcomers in Christ Jesus. Everyone wants to have a smooth free … Read more

A Comparison Between The 7 Deadly Sins And The Cinema’s 7 Cardinal Virtues

Counter-Cinema & Wollen Peter Wollen’s article, “Godard and Counter-Cinema: Vent d’ Est,” outlines the “seven deadly sins and seven cardinal virtues” of cinema and deliberates the formal elements that reflect counter-cinema, that film director, Jean-Luc Godard, utilizes in nearly all his compositions. (Wollen 120). Wollen lists the values of traditional cinema and disputes them with … Read more