Monthly Archives: November 2011

Roman Religious Symbols- Deities, Virgins, and Gods among Men

The religious beliefs and system of Ancient Rome is intriguing, as it seems very modern in its evolution.  The Roman religion adheres to Geertz’s definition of religion as a “(1) a system of symbols which acts to (2) establish powerful, … Continue reading

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Violent God: The slaying of Laban

The Book of Mormon is an intriguing read and carries many similarities in style to that of the King James Bible, but what is perplexing is perhaps the extent of the violent death of Laban at the hands of Nephi. … Continue reading

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How 19th Century Americans could relate to Christ in the Book of Mormon (Third Book of Nephi Chapter V)

Much like the Kebra Negast for Ethiopia, the Book of Mormon, more accurately the Third Book of Nephi within the scripture brings America ‘the promised land’ to the forefront. The Third Book of Nephi chronicles the events preceding to and … Continue reading

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Acceptance in Religion- Bahai

Baha’u’llah once preached: “All peoples and nations are of one family, the children of one Father, and should be to one another as brothers and sisters.” The Bahai faith is one of acceptance and love, Karen Armstrong’s video “Charter for Compassion” … Continue reading

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Kebra Negast:Ethiopia as a holy land. (week 6)

The Kebra Negast dictates how God shifted the holy land of Israel to Ethiopia. The story follows the Queen of Sheba’s (N.B. Sheba is considered to have been either Ethiopia or Eritrea) conversion from sun worshipper into monotheism in the … Continue reading

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Augustine and Superstition. (free blog week 5)

Before we get started on this just a relaxing piece of Stevie Wonder: Augustine’s view on non-Christians does differs throughout “On Christian Teaching.” His interpretation of heathens seems to be pretty general as he refers to most mankind to having … Continue reading

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The difference between Augustine’s book 2 On Christian teaching and J.Todd Billings on how people should interpret the Bible

The main difference between the two opinions of how to interpret Christian teachings in the bible is simple. Augustine believes that it is futile for people to develop their own unique understanding of the Bible as human arrogance and the … Continue reading

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