Category: History Christian

<p>When "catholic" is used as an adjective, it means universal, open or general. I have read art magazines and reviews that have described certain art collections as "catholic in its uniqueness." The fact that Catholicism has its root in the word "catholic" is not a coincidence. In his essay "Catholicism: A Synthesis," Richard McBrien says that it is this notion that distinguishes Catholicism from other…

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<p>Early Christian and Byzantine art started after JesusÃ- death in the first century ranging and ending to the fourth century AD. The art produced during this period was secretive because Christianity was not a formal religion but as a cult; the Romans and rest of Europe persecuted Christians so the artist disguised their work with symbols and hints of Christian aspects. Christianity was the first…

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<p>Christianity&rsquo;s history is filled with division, controversy, and conflict. One of the most important people who contributed to the lasting success of this diverse religion was Constantine. While legalizing Christianity in Roman society, he founded the capital of the eastern Roman Empire, Constantinople. Because of this and other great accomplishments, Constantine appropriately earned the name Constantine the Great.</p> <p>After his father&rsquo;s death in 306, the…

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<p>The bible states many different opinions and 'facts” on predestination. I say 'facts” because that is what one is led to believe that the bible teaches. In one area the bible says that a certain number was chosen at the start and that the number will neither increase nor decrease. Yet in another section it states that god chose all and man chooses his fate…

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<p>Book Review: Same Sex Unions in Premodern Europe by John Boswell</p> <p>The question of same-sex unions and their legitimacy in many different societies is a topic that has been hotly debated for centuries. One society in particular is pre-modern Europe. Noted author and historian Dr. John Boswell looks extensively at the topic of same-sex unions in his book Same Sex Unions in Premodern Europe. Dr….

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<p>The Lottery, and Christianity</p> <p>Shirley Jackson&rsquo;s short story &ldquo;The Lottery&rdquo;, if left at face value, is a perverse tale of a small village sacrificial ceremony, which leaves a lasting impression upon the reader. However to take the story at face value would nearly be an exercise in futility, for then the reader would be missing the deeper meanings found in the delicate symbolism that Jackson…

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<p>In the "Book of Genesis", an ancient Hebrew story from the King James Bible, we are</p> <p>given the account of Adam and Eve. Eve is led up the path of temptation and forced to make a</p> <p>difficult decision. The outcome of her selection not only affects her own existence, but also that</p> <p>of Adam and their descendants.</p> <p>In the story, Eve is forced to choose…

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<p>The Protestant Reformation</p> <p>Many ideas of the Renaissance like humanism, individualism and secularism stimulated a strong critique of the church+s policy and the clergy+s behaviour. Many people regarded it as a scandal that the catholic church sold indulgences. Indulgences were documents, stamped by the church which could reduce your sins. People who bought indulgences believed that this document could pave their way to heaven. In…

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<p>Constantine s reign as the roman emperor from 306-337 was very important to the history of the Christian church. Although at this time Christianity had been spread steadily throughout the Roman empire and beyond, it was generally regarded unfavourably by the rulers of Rome who wished to return to the ways of their ancestors through maintaining the ancient pagan beliefs. Also at this time, the…

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