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Biblical Apologetics Methods, Definitions, and The Basic

- Biblical Apologetics Methods, Definitions, and The Basic Since its birth until today, Christianity has been in the context of “pluralism” that the beliefs are very diverse (Carson 270-272) . These conditions are of course become serious challenge to the claims of truth and the existence of Christianity. However, these challenges have led to a response from believers who gave birth to Christian apologetics. The word " apologetics" is derived from the ancient Greek word apologia which generally means “defense "....   [tags: Chritianity, religious beliefs]

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The Apologetics of Christianity

- The Apologetics of Christianity Jesus, a name known by billions throughout the world. To each, this name means something different; savior, friend, philosopher, prophet, teacher, fraud, fake, liar. Some even believe that He is just an imaginary character from the minds of those who wrote about Him. The Westminster Dictionary of Theology describes apologetics as, "Defense, by argument, of Christian belief against external criticism or against other worldly views" (Apologetics 31-32). Though there are still many mysteries that surround the ongoing debate about Christianity, evidence can now prove some of what Christians took by faith before....   [tags: Papers]

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New Testament Apologietics

- Lecture One: Introduction To The New Testament A. Basic Facts About The Bible 66 books, written by 40 different authors over 1500 years 39 O.T. “old” = 3 letters, “testament” 9… 3—9--39 27 N.T. “new” = 3 letters, “testament” 9 blessings multiplied 3x9 = 27 B. How did we get the Bible we have today. The O.T. was preserved through the Nation of Israel/Judah to the time of Jesus. The Septuagint (3rd century BC) is a Greek translation of the Hebrew Scripture & the primary text in 1st century Israel....   [tags: Apologietics]

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Apologetics

- Apologetics A couple of months ago, being pretty ignorant, I had to ask myself, “what exactly is Apologetics.” After a little research and a few lectures from my Professors, I learned that “it is the defense of Christian faith, usually on intellectual issues.” (Horton 640). There are many arguments that can be used in order to defend the faith, however, I will focus on four arguments, ontological, Natural Theology, accuracy of scriptures, and personal miracles. First is the ontological argument....   [tags: Papers]

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Presuppositional Apologetics: The Moral Argument for the Existence of God

- A Christian apologetic method is a verbal defense of the biblical worldview. A proof is giving a reason for why we believe. This paper will address the philosophical question of God’s existence from the moral argument. The presuppositional apologetic method of Reformed thinkers Cornelius Van Til and John Frame will be the framework. Topics covered here could undoubtedly be developed in more depth, but that would be getting ahead, here is the big picture. Apologetics comes from the Greek word, ‘apologia’ meaning verbal defense....   [tags: Theology ]

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Personal Narrative- Christian Apologetics

- Personal Narrative- Christian Apologetics Two weeks of this past summer rank high as some of the most rewarding times of my life. Next to my salvation, the experience has become an important turning point of my youth. This experience changed my worldview into a biblical perspective, and strengthened my faith in the Lord. For the first time, I was on my own, flying cross-country to spend two weeks in Colorado, not for a vacation I might add. I was to attend a Christian apologetics course sponsored by Summit Ministries....   [tags: Personal Narrative]

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Catholic Apologetics

- Catholic Apologetics The Apocrypha: Tobit, Judith, Wisdom, Ecclesiasticus, Baruch, 1 and 2 Maccabees The Protestant argument is that the Catholic Church added the 7 books known as the Apocrypha to the Canon Bible at the Council of Trent in the mid-16th century (after the reformation) to back up things the Church taught Reformation: 1517 Martin Luther Council of Trent: 1545-48, 51-52, 62-63 The truth is that these books were part of the original Canon. They were there in 1442 at the Council of Florence....   [tags: Papers]

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“Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus: Theological Objections”

- In his second volume on Jewish apologetics, Michael Brown answers twenty eight Jewish theological objections. Brown summarizes this book in his preface: Theological objections, treated at length in the current volume, cut to the heart of the differences between traditional Judaism and the Messianic Jewish/Christian faith. They revolved around the nature of God (the Trinity, the deity of Jesus, the person of the Holy Spirit), the nature of man and the need for salvation, and sin and the means of atonement....   [tags: Religion, Jewish Apologetics]

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The, Mere Christianity, And Christian Apologist : An Amazing Transformation From An Avid Atheist

- ... What on earth is He up to. The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself” (“Mere Christianity” p. 205). Lewis uses an analogy of God building someone a house in an unexpected way to explain that people may not understand why God lets some events happen, but He ultimately has a plan to better the person for a higher purpose....   [tags: Christianity, Bible, Jesus, Christian apologetics]

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Essential Qualities Of The Christian Apologist

- ... Later, Paul is brought before King Agrippa to defend himself in chapter 26. Paul denies that these accusations produce a verdict worthy of death and he begins his defense on the presupposition that he believes in a God that can raise the dead. As Paul continues, he recounts the events that led up to his salvation. At no point does Paul abandon the truths clearly laid out in the Bible (New International Version, 1989). Therefore, when Christian apologists defend the faith, they must state that they are beginning with the presupposition that they believe in the Gospel, just as Paul did....   [tags: Jesus, New Testament, Christian apologetics]

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An Apologetic Letter

- Hopefully, you will not consider this an intrusive communication. This is the only avenue I view that does not violate your boundaries. It is time for you and your truth to be a focus of my mind, my heart and my actions. My efforts, therefore, are not about me. They are about you. It is with deep humility and heart-felt sorrow, I offer you my sincerest apology for betraying your trust in me and the subsequent risk I exposed LO and his well-being to. For your justified hurt, anger fear, frustration, unnecessary stress, anxiety and pain I am wholly and candidly sorry; without defense and without denial....   [tags: Remorse, Regret]

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Analysis Of ' Zacharias 's Central Message

- ... Compliance from the audience occurs from the respect they have for the persuader’s knowledge (Woodward, Denton 190). This means that when an audience acknowledges that the persuader has expert knowledge they are more likely to open themselves up to be influenced through their thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors. Zacharias’s target audience is those who have a hard time connecting the emotions of the heart to the logic of their brain, therefore respect for the knowledge of their persuader is extremely important....   [tags: Jesus, Bible, Emotion, Expert]

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The Destiny Of The Unevangelized

- The destiny of the unevangelized is an apologetic problem because it can be used as an objection to God’s existence. It seems as though an all-loving God would desire that all people be saved, and it seems that this would require that He provides all people with the opportunity to be saved. Christians argue that salvation requires hearing and faithfully responding to the Gospel, yet some never get the opportunity to do so. This would suggest that either God does not desire all to be saved, which seems contradictory to His all-loving nature, or He doesn’t exist....   [tags: Jesus, New Testament, Christianity, Bible]

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The Three Main Groups Of Biblical Miracles

- ... Miracles that were accomplished in the Bible has always been to provide an unmistakable sign of supernatural power; and through these signs, God confirmed without a doubt of His divine authority. Furthermore, the purpose of God performing miracles is divided into four central reasons: 1) to display His divine power; 2) to confirm that a chosen message/massagers was from Him; 3) to produce faith in unbelievers: and 4) to strengthen the faith of believers (Apologetics 6.21.2). Firstly, in the whole Chapter of Genesis, God displayed a miracle and shown His divine power by creating the heaven and the Earth out of nothing (Genesis 1:1)....   [tags: God, Theism, New Testament, Jesus]

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The Complexities of Hinduism

- The religion of Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world. The many aspects of Hinduism present a complex religion. However complex and intellectual this religion seems, the over whelming branches and diversities of Hinduism pose problems for the Hindu worldview. The history, nature of the world, practical outcomes, and superiority of Christianity display the challenges that Hinduism presents. From Hinduism’s pantheon of gods to its dysfunctional caste system, this religion has wreaked havoc upon its followers spiritually and physically....   [tags: Religion, Polytheism, Caste]

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Thought Reform of the International Church of Christ

- Thought Reform The International Church of Christ uses various means of the thought reform that Tobias and Lalich discuss. Beginning with the idea of deception, the recruiter tends to lead the potential member into a spiral of unknown information; they will not tell you from the start that they are a part of the International Church of Christ; instead they will say they are from a local congregational church that is interested in having new members join their congregation. Recruiters and members are also able to deceive potential members by being able to combine social events with Bible studies, not telling the person that they are actually attending a Bible study (Rauchno)....   [tags: dependency, ex-communication, denominational split]

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The Next Chapter ( 12 )

- ... For Yeshua’s post-resurrection appearances there still remains the empty tomb, and once again the context of His miracles and teachings. The book continues to explain that these arguments, as well as several others listed here, may simply be ways fro the skeptic to avoid the truth: “A very common tactic of some skeptics is to raise a number of objections without substantiating them, because they think that as long as a question can be raised against something, one is justified in dismissing the data.” However, many of these arguments stretch far from the truth and can be explained....   [tags: Logic, Critical thinking, Skepticism, Argument]

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Comparison of Hinduism and Buddhism

- ... Both religions believe in Karma. The desires that people have is what causes them to suffer. The two of these religions both believe in compassion, and peace to all living things. There should be not being any violence to humans, and animals. There is also a belief of multiple heavens and hells they are considered to be different levels or layers of heaven, and hell. Both religions also believe that there is more than one god and dietes. They both have the practice of meditation, concentration, and cultivation of certain states of mind....   [tags: religion, origins, practices]

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The Creationism Debate

- Creationism being taught in public schools is not right because there are many beliefs about how the earth was created. Many science teachers have different beliefs on this particular subject. Some believe it should not be taught in public schools but on one’s own time at home, church, or another place. Other science teachers think students should be taught all the believable theories about evolution and creationism. Some science teachers have gotten in trouble with the law by not obeying other laws regarding evolution and creationism....   [tags: Creationism ]

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The Church Of The Mosque

- During the Middle Ages approximately fifty percent of Christians lived under Islamic rule. As a minority religion in Islamic lands Christians likely dealt with the same concerns which Muslims and Jews dealt with living under Christian rule. They were viewed as a lesser people and as heretical and yet, just as Jews and Muslims in Christian lands, they contributed to Arabic culture in many ways. Arabic Christian communities produced, scholars, scientists, churchmen and philosophers whose works gained them fame and status within the Arab world....   [tags: Islam, Christianity, Middle Ages, Al-Andalus]

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Barth Reflection God Here and Now

- When looking at the common theme that Barth develops in God Here and Now, it becomes apparent for the need of congregation to justify, ratify, and promote the Bible as the living word of God. When and where the Bible constitutes its own authority and significance, it mediates the very presence of God through the congregation. Encountering this presence in the Church, among those whose lives presume living through the Bible’s power and meaning. Barth states that the Bible must become God's Word and this occurs only when God wills to address us in and through it....   [tags: literary analysis, theme, word of God]

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The Case For Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation Of The Evidence For Jesus

- Being a Christian and a student of Communications, I felt compelled to reading The Case for Christ. I decided to use this book for this review especially due to the large amount of criticisms and backlash it had received. Lee Strobel is known for being a hard-nosed skeptical journalist and ex-investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune. He also described himself as a "former spiritual skeptic" before his personal mission for the proof of God. Skeptics around the world claim that Jesus either never said He was God or He never exemplified the activities and mindset of God....   [tags: Strobel Case Christ]

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No Heart Is Untouched By The Sting Of Another 's Words And The Ultimate Display Of Evil

- The problem of evil arguably the most personal and haunting question in apologetics. No heart is untouched by the sting of another’s words and the ultimate display of evil, death. For some, like Elie Wiesel in his autobiography Night, the full scope of human evil is unbearably clear as they are faced with the full measure of human evil. This reality of evil often leads to two responses: “since there is evil, there cannot be a god” or “if there is a god, he cannot be loving or powerful, or worse, he enjoys evil.” By exploring the nature of evil, developing loving, Christian responses, and historical evils like the persecution of the Jews, the problem of evil and the hope depicted in scripture...   [tags: God, Good and evil, Chosen people, The Holocaust]

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Revealing The Phenomenon Book: The Secret And A New Earth

- Oprah Winfrey is a phenomenal figure. Oprah Winfrey has been quite famous as a female entrepreneur and a talk show host in America. From the queen of talk show that touches the heart, she was recently crowned as prophetess of New Age Movement. (www.wfial.org). Her image is being shifted, from the most popular presenters become a controversial figure because of his statements-statements, which are considered attacking the uniqueness of the Christian faith. You will find a lot of praise and criticism on him, specifically from Christian circles....   [tags: oprah winfrey, the secret book, ultimate reality]

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How to Evabgelize Using the Right Method for the Situation

- A person can evangelize many different ways. There are intellectual methods, relational methods, and confrontational methods. There is no right or wrong way to evangelize only the right method for the situation. In this paper, I will be discussing one way of evangelizing for each of the different methods. This paper will include the Romans Road method, the Friendship evangelism method, and the Door-to-Door evangelism method. The Romans Road method of evangelism is well known by many Christians and may feel like one of the safer ways to evangelize....   [tags: intellectual, relational, confrontational]

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Movie Review : The Movie ' The Adjustment Bureau '

- ... The movie shows it at 1:03:37 when another bureau agent Thompson explains they did try free will once, and it started out good until it brought on the wars “… and it capped it off by bringing the entire planet to the brink of destruction in the Cuban Missle Crisis.” Similarly, Joel’s article says something similar when he says “…a more conservative politic that allows people to make the choices they like, but then holds them accountable for those choices and tends to maximize the consequences for such decisions…” The reason these two examples make this case concrete is that it exemplifies that we are indeed responsible for our decisions by our free will....   [tags: Free will, Determinism, Libertarianism, Causality]

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Reflection Paper On ' The ' I ` Ve '

- ... Second area I want to point out is morality, according to the word definition "principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior". You know the difference between good and evil, for instance you did say "that exist evil portions of god`s word", but where did you learn your morals from. Think about it, if there is an universal moral law, which we call it common sense, then an universal moral giver needs to exist, it needs to be infinite and beyond our universe and reality, conclusion there is something beyond this universe, otherwise morals are just personal opinions and we can do whatever we want and have no guilt or shame for it....   [tags: Universe, Big Bang, Morality, God]

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The Christian Religion Is A Rational Philosophy And Worldview

- ... Each belief system’s standard of rationality is based on the traditions authoritative sources. Not only is this applicable to religion, it applies to science as well. We must not forget that Christians are responsible for the development of science (Pearcy and Thaxton, 1994)). Atheists who attempt to place Christianity at war with science, quickly and easily dismiss the fact that the first scientists were Christians. They refer to religious faith as “perverse “ and impossible of “rational discourse” (Harris, 2004, p.25) Richard Dawkins, a contemporary biological evolutionist and one of the most well known scientific atheists, warns that religious faith is the ultimate “silencer of ration...   [tags: Religion, Faith, Philosophy, Reason]

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Jonathan Edwards on the Doctrine of Original Sin

- Biographical Information JONATHAN EDWARDS was born to the Reverend Timothy Edwards and his wife Ester, October 5, 1703. He was the fifth of eleven born to the Reverend; who made their home in East Windsor, Connecticut. Being from an evangelical Puritan household, he was also expected to study and learn the Bible as well as the strict tenants of Calvinism. The debates over his Reformed Calvinist faith and the “liberal” movements captivated his thoughts and his pen. He considered Anglican Arminianism and Deism to be heresy that stood in direct opposition to his Reformed Puritan upbringing....   [tags: religious philosophy]

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Baptism As A Kind Of Insurance Policy

- ... Of course, all the doctrine about hell and purgatory is post-Biblical, post-Jesus. What did baptism actually mean to Jesus, to John. Mark (the earliest gospel) says, almost at the very beginning of his story, “John appeared baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” (Mark 1:4) Josephus, a 1st-century Roman-Jewish historian, also mentions John in his Antiquities, remarking that, “Herod slew [John], who was a good man, and commanded the Jews to exercise virtue, both as to righteousness towards one another, and piety towards God, and so to come to baptism.” The gospels agree that Herod executed John, although they differ on the reason....   [tags: Jesus, John the Baptist, Gospel, Christianity]

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Racial Representation in American History X

- A movie American History X (1988) deals with white supremacy and racism. We can see a variety of racial representation in this movie. We’re going to see implicit racial associations and racist stereotypes seen in the film first with the framework of John Russell’s discussion in his research “Race as Ricorso: Blackface(s), Racial Representation, and the Transnational Apologetics of Historical Amnesia in the United States and Japan,” examine the background and arguments on race in the movie, and see the editorial point of view of the film maker at last....   [tags: Film Analysis]

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St. Thomas Aquinas: Proving God's Existence

- Thomas Aquinas inherently affirmed in the teachings of the Catholic Church. Born in Italy in 1225 to a noble family, Thomas was one of at least nine children. He was a highly educated man, beginning his education at the Abbey of Monte Cassino, moving on to the University of Naples. Thomas had a strong belief in God and aspired to prove God’s actuality. During his life, Aquinas produced numerous works on the subject the most notable being the Summa contra Gentiles and the Summa Theologica . He leaves us a legacy as a great theologian and philosopher, often compared to Aristotle....   [tags: Theology]

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The Life Style of The Platypus

- ... The eggs usually hatch after one month, and the young suck on mammary glands on the mother's stomach for their milk ("Platypus Facts"). The young ones suck on mammary glands because the mother lacks nipples ("Platypus facts, Information, Pictures"). Since the platypus is underwater most of the time, its food is an easy guess. They eat insect larvae, shrimp from freshwater, mollusks, fish eggs, and frogs ("Duckbilled Platypus"). The lifestyle of the platypus is again spent swimming underwater most of the time, so they have to be excellent swimmers to survive....   [tags: australia, victoria, eggs]

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The Counter Reformation and Catholic Mass

- Rising nationalism, the Western Schism, and even new philosophies arising from the renaissance were contributing factors. But on October 31, 1517 every event prior seemed less significant. On this date, Martin Luther nailed a paper listing ninety-five theses, all magnifying problems within the Catholic Church. This was the birth of the protestant reformation, a major blow to the Catholic Church and her followers. This drove the church to make many in-house adjustments, from religious orders to political influences of the church, reworking the framework of the traditional Mass itself and even restructuring many in house positions....   [tags: Nationalism, Western Schism, Philosophies]

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The Salem Witch Trials of 1962

- The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 were notorious occasions in American History. They have been the subject of verifiable articles, religious talks, books, plays, and movies. Both in the realm of the scholarly world and pop-society of American social order, the Salem Witch Trials have interested gatherings of people from directly after they happened throughout the twentieth century. In a few ways, the exact truth that investment in this occasion has spread over crosswise over both time and disciplines makes the trials deserving of study....   [tags: notorious occasions in American history]

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The Myth Of The Human Race

- From the beginning of the human race; since man first stepped into the world from beneath the depths of the mighty sea; the jungles of Africa; or from God himself, humans have been presented as the dominant species. Humanity assumes the stature of alpha predator, master of all of God’s creations, and the center of the universe solely from being born on Earth. The misconception of mankind’s importance in the universe has resulted in a species-wide ethnocentrism revolving around the theories of early chauvinism....   [tags: Human, Universe, Earth, Solar System]

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The Blind Side By Anne Leigh

- ... According to The Pursuit of Happiness Inc., in 2012, a review of more than 326 studies of adults found that 256 (79%) found only significant positive associations between religiosity/spirituality and well-being. Religion can have a positive influence on the well being of a person as it can be used as a coping strategy, as well as a support system. (Spiritual) Using religion as a means to create relationships can be very beneficial to one’s life, but believing that everyone is created for a specific purpose allows for a positive attitude and a very clear reason for existence....   [tags: Meaning of life, Religion, Life, Faith]

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The Problem Of God 's Hiddenness

- ... If God really wanted them to believe in Him, they surmise that He would make Himself so completely known to them that they would have no reasonable choice but to believe in Him. Theists should not take this problem lightly. Well-meaning pastors and spiritual advisers may make unhelpful remarks in an attempt to comfort someone who keenly feels their distance from God. Unfortunately, they aren 't truly comforting and may only exacerbate the problem when it doesn 't go away as they were promised....   [tags: God, Atheism, Theology, Agnosticism]

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Existentialism : The Father Of Existentialism

- ... He is all powerful, knows everything, and is everywhere at once. Christians believe God has always existed and will never not exist. God is the only thing that was not created. They believe that God is unique, and there is nothing like him. 9 One of the most important aspects of God is that He is a trinity of individual persons. Christians believe in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Carm.org explains the Trinity as this, “They are not three gods and not three beings. They are three distinct persons, yet, they are all the one God....   [tags: God, Holy Spirit, Christian terms, Christianity]

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The Myth Of The Human Race

- ... Sungenis and Dr. Hugh Ross, a supporter of a similar form of geocentrism, Dr. Sungenis stated, “This [the probability of life in other galaxies] gets back to the Copernicus principle. You see, if Earth is special and it takes so much fine tuning to create life as we see it today, the odds of that happening on some other planet or out in the remote recesses of space is just practically nil” (“Up”). Dr. Sungenis and his followers favor the ideal that the Earth resides at the center of the universe, and was placed there in correspondence to a pattern dictated by an almighty being....   [tags: Human, Universe, Solar System, Earth]

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Carl Henry: A Baptist Hero

- On January 22, 1913, Carl F. H. Henry was born to immigrant parents in New York City. His parents, Karl and Joanna Heinrich, were young German immigrants to the United States. His parents changed the family name because of the anti-German sentiment produced by World War I. In 1935, after receiving a call to Christian service, Henry left a career as a newspaper reporter and enrolled in Wheaton College. It was here that he formed friendships with individuals such as Billy Graham and Harold Lindsell....   [tags: Christian Service]

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Analytic Thinking, Religion, and Prejudice

- The relation between and the intersection of religion and analytic thinking are complex and intransigently debated topic in the both social psychology and cognitive science literature for a decade. Moreover, the idea that religions facilitate acts that cause the negative attitudes toward especially religious out-groups has relatively a long theoretical and empirical history in social psychology (Allport & Ross, 1967; Altemeyer & Hunsberger, 1992; Spilka, 1986; Whitley & Bernard,1999) and is the main idea behind the evolutionary origins of religion (Atran & Heinrich, 2010; Bering, 2011; Norenzayan & Shariff, 2008; Preston & Ritter, 2013; Rand et al., 2014; Shariff & Norenzay...   [tags: religion, sexual orientation]

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The Scientific Debate of Creation

- One of the biggest issues facing Christianity in terms of apologetics is the scientific debate of Creationism. This is a very interesting debate because rather than trying to prove a different points such as the “Big Bang Theory” or evolutionary theory, they instead accept all other hypothesis as scientific fact and start with the assumption that Biblical science can never be accurate. Here are some of the argued points regarding Creationism, summarize from the Not So Deep Thoughts website (Pettit): I. The Problem of Creationism Stated as a logical dilemma A. Source of Evidence 1. Creation Science is based solely on the Bible 2. The Bible is full of inaccurate facts (even shows differing Cre...   [tags: evidence, logical dilemma, bible]

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The Rights Same Sex Couples

- Up until recent time, Society generally associated heterosexuality as the utmost acceptable sexual orientation. As a result of this generalisation, those who identified themselves as Gay, Lesbian or bisexual experienced substantial amounts of marginalisation, oppression and/or discrimination, where in some cases it is still ongoing, especially for those in a same-sex relationship. As time progresses and social change continues, it is a question of whether or not same sex couples have greater rights today in contrast to previous generations....   [tags: Same-sex marriage, Homosexuality]

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Peter Lays Out Five Principles

- ... The audience of the letter is Gentiles and Paul is writing, presumably, from Babylon. D.A. Carson in Introducing the New Testament writes this concerning the writing of 1 Peter, “Romans regarded Christians with suspicion and hostility because Christians refused to engage in the quasi-religious customs surrounding the official Roman governmental structures, resolutely set themselves against some of the prevalent immoral practices, and met so often on their own to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. The readers of 1 Peter were probably being criticized, mocked, and discriminated against, and perhaps even brought into court on trumped up charges.” (142) In light of the cultural and historical even...   [tags: New Testament, Christianity]

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My Journey From Religion

- The best way to understand why atheism is so important to me is to start with a little background. I grew up in Texas, most of my life has been in the region other Texans often refer to as the religious part of Texas. I don't want to focus too much on emphasizing how religious the culture is, but I do want to give an indication. For example, few people I know accept the theory of evolution or the Big Bang; non-creationist scientific theories are largely perceived as bullshit and dismissed with the infamous “just a theory” argument....   [tags: Religion, Spirituality]

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Exegesis Paper: Matthew 26:36-46

- Introduction One of the greatest debates that continues to rage on amongst theologians, as well as others, is in regards to the balance between the humanity and the divinity of the person of Jesus Christ (also known as Christology). This debate can be especially challenging in the Scripture passage of Matthew 26:36-46 where the reader finds Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. Many of the ancient and medieval theologians worked to explain away apparent humanistic characteristics seen in this section of the text, while more modern theologians seem to be more open to embracing these characteristics....   [tags: Theology, Jesus, Gethsemane]

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Religion in Rap Music

- Hip hop music, also called hip-hop,rap music or hip-hop music, is a music genre consisting of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted. It developed as part of hip hop culture, a subculture defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping DJing/scratching, break dancing and graffiti writing. Other elements include sampling (or synthesis), and beatboxing While often used to refer to rapping, “hip hop” more properly denotes the practice of the entire subculture....   [tags: music genre analysis]

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Life Begins at Conception

- “How far along in a pregnancy is it until the unborn child is considered human. At what point does it receive basic rights?” These propositions have been the topic of one the most controversial discussions of the century. Based on the research I have completed on this topic, it has been made indisputable to me that life begins at the moment of conception. While I, along with many other pro-life advocates, believe that human life is set into motion the minute of conception, there is a major group of individuals who would beg to differ....   [tags: pro-life, advocates, embryo, human]

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My Atheist Journey

- The best way to understand why atheism is so important to me is to start with a little background. I grew up and still live in Texas, the region other Texans regularly refer to as the religious part of Texas. So my experience has also been shaped by my environment. I don't want to focus too much on emphasizing how religious the culture is, but I do want to give an indication. For example, few people I know accept the theory of evolution or the Big Bang; non-creationist scientific theories are largely perceived as bullshit with the infamous “just a theory” argument....   [tags: Autobiography, Personal Experience]

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Southern Baptist Hero

- On January 22, 1913, Carl F. H. Henry was born to immigrant parents in New York City. His parents, Karl and Joanna Heinrich, were young German immigrants to the United States. His parents changed the family name because of the anti-German sentiment produced by World War I. Carl Henry was the oldest of eight children. The Henry family lived a typical immigrant family life with hard-working parents but little luxuries. Carl took many part-time jobs to supplement the family’s income. Carl’s mother was Roman Catholic by family tradition and his father a Lutheran: however, there was little evidence of religion in the Henry household....   [tags: Carl F H Henry, Biography]

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The New Testament

- ... This is in spite of the fact that they had won a battle against the Philistines through no effort of theirs but by the hand of God. God told Samuel to go back to the people and tell them of all the consequences they would have to face if they choose to have an earthly king. Samuel passed on God’s warnings and consequences to the people. 1Sam 8:18 says “When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the Lord will not answer you in that day.” But the people had already made up their mind and insisted on their earthly king....   [tags: Bible, New Testament, God, Old Testament]

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The Gospels as Myths that Convey Moral Truths Rather than Record of Fact

- The Gospels as Myths that Convey Moral Truths Rather than Record of Fact Statement Three – The Gospels should be regarded as myths that convey moral truths rather then record of fact. Question – Explain and assess this claim with reference to the different approaches to the New Testament and evaluate the consequences for Christians of holding such a position. Several of reasons have to be looked to see why was the Gospels written and what effect has it got on the Christian communities....   [tags: Papers]

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Exposing the Weakness of Saint Anselm of Canterbury’s Ontological Argument

- Exposing the Weakness of Saint Anselm of Canterbury’s Ontological Argument In a world of scientific inquiry, atheism, and the assassination of God, we are often neglectful of our Glorious God’s existence. With new theories of neuropsychology, quantum physics, gene therapy, evolution, and psychobiology, we are constantly forced to edge God out of our lives, to be replaced with cold, empty scientific thought. What, with meme theory, genetic predisposition, evolutionary spontaneous generation, dark matter, super string theory, multi-layered universes, and the neurological reasons behind consciousness, we are becoming more and more distant from the reality that is God....   [tags: Philosophy Essays]

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McCarthyism and the Conservative Political Climate of Today

- McCarthyism and the Conservative Political Climate of Today FOR ALMOST fifty years, the words "McCarthy" and "McCarthyism" have stood for a shameful period in American political history. During this period, thousands of people lost their jobs and hundreds were sent to prison. The U.S. government executed Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, two Communist Party (CP) members, as Russian spies. All of these people were victims of McCarthyism, the witch-hunt during the 1940s and 1950s against Communists and other leftists, trade unionists and civil rights activists, intellectuals and artists....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Internet and the Catholic Church

- This essay addresses the question: Does more harm than good come from the internet. And the answer is sought from the largest Christian denomination (one billion members) - the Catholic Church. There is no condemnation of the internet by this church body; rather the Vatican, official voice of the Catholic Church, maintains that the internet is "not a threat"(Church). Calling the Internet an opportunity and a challenge and not a threat, the Vatican issued two documents encouraging the church to embrace the technology and help guide it to benefit all humanity....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]

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Christianity and The Chronicles of Narnia

- Christianity and The Chronicles of Narnia       C. S. Lewis, a well-known author and apologist, is best known by people of all ages for his seven volume series entitled The Chronicles of Narnia. As Lewis wrote about the land of Narnia, an imaginary world visited by children of this world, he had two obvious purposes: to entertain the readers and to suggest analogies of the Christian faith. Although some feel that his stories are violent, Lewis is successful at using fiction to open peoples' hearts to accepting Christ as their Savior because he first entertains the audience with a wonderful story....   [tags: Chronicles of Narnia Essays]

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Hugo Meynell and the Christian Doctrine

- Hugo Meynell and the Christian Doctrine Hugo Meynell's book is a clear example of the growing interest in apologetics. Meynell considers four common objections to Christian doctrine, the belief in God is morally irrelevant; that there is no reason to believe in the special claims of Christianity over those of non-Christian religions. Meynell, also says no sense can be made of the doctrines of Incarnation, Atonement, and the Trinity and that Christian doctrine about life after death is based upon an indefensible view of the nature of human persons-and shows to his own views that these remarks can be met....   [tags: Papers]

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Christianity, the True Religion

- Christianity, the True Religion I was raised Catholic, at the insistance of my parents. After many years of drinking and partying, I got very bored and thought, Is this ALL there is to life?!?. I thought, If there really IS any truth to a life after death, I should at least TRY to find the answer. I started to do some research on science and religion to see if I could come up with any TRUTH about the meaning of life. In school, I was taught that mankind was evolving and getting better, but it didnt appear that way to me....   [tags: Religion Christian Jesus]

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Overview of The Consolation

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Evolutionary Theism

- In this latest installment of college-age church dissatisfaction, I'm trying the online sermon route today. There's one obvious pitfall here though- unrestricted reign of my distractibility. I'm still listening to the sermon. It's just paused for now, while I'm reading the Creation vs Evolution essay posted on the site of the Emerg Doc referenced as a sermon example. Well-written, balanced stuff, and encouraging to realize how long ago it was written, even if I disagree slightly with the conclusions....   [tags: Personal Statement]

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John Calvin

- Born on July 10th, 1509 at Noyon in northern France; John Calvin would grow to be a key leader during the Protestant Reformation. Calvin's’ theological advancements would impact the Christian church for generations to come. Though John Calvin’s works are closely related to the development of Christian doctrines; his teachings (Calvinism) would also shape aesthetics in early modern Europe. While many Christians today disregard the cultural influence that Calvinism had on the world; early modern Europe demonstrates a variety of examples in which Calvinism inspired individuals in the fields of architecture and music....   [tags: Religion, Protestant Reformation, Calvinism]

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Shakti Sikhism

- Shakti Hinduism and Sikhism are being combined to form Shakti Sikhism, a sort of feminist Sikhism, in which the deity that is prayed to is a powerful and independent woman and that practices equality. This is to balance out with many other religions in which men have higher status over women. This Shakti Sikhism would balance out the gender status stereotypes, and would have women be more active in their religion. In Sikhism, it is debatable whether religious texts portray women well, or if they portray women often enough in general....   [tags: Religion]

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Jehovah's-Witness

- My cell phone and my doorbell rang simultaneously; seeing my neighbor’s number displayed, I assumed it was she at my door. Not the case at all. She was calling to tell me that there were some JWs on the way to my door. Since I’d already opened the door and was standing face to face with them, all I could do was tell her “Thanks, I appreciate your concern.” and hang up. “Hi. I’m Mary and this is Joe. We are from Kingdom Hall, and we’d like to have a brief study and prayer with you if you have time.” I began to explain that I was a Christian and not interested; then, I remembered that I needed just such an encounter for my final Apologetics assignment....   [tags: christianity, bible, confession]

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Is Abortion Murder?

- Many people believe that morals or ethics should not have any persuasion at all in our laws. Do you believe that slavery is immoral. Is the issue of slavery a moral position. Is the legislation on that moral position appropriate. Then what you have most likely said is that it is appropriate to legislate moral issues that you are in favor of. Should slavery be enforced purely as a moral issue. This is an important point because many people say that we should not force a particular morality on the issue of abortion....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Creation Science

- Creationism is a religious metaphysical theory about the origin of the universe. It is not a scientific theory. Technically, creationism is not necessarily connected to any particular religion. It simply requires a belief in a Creator. Millions of Christians and non-Christians believe there is a Creator of the universe and that scientific theories such as the the theory of evolution do not conflict with belief in a Creator. However, fundamentalist Christians such as Ronald Reagan and Jerry Falwell, have co-opted the term 'creationism' and it is now difficult to refer to creationism without being understood as referring to fundamentalist Christians who (a) take the stories in Genesis as accu...   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Lord 's Bond Servant

- ... Ad Martyres, To the Martyrs, is said to be Tertullian’s first writing. Not as apologetic as most writings, but an encouragement to imprisoned Christians awaiting martyrdom. He encourages them to be soldiers of Jesus and view their suffering as training. He encourages them that it is not in vain and that pagans face the same fate while here, but after death they have eternity to look forward too, whereas the pagans do not. A really interesting work of Tertullian that should resurface for Christians today is De Spectaculis, On Games....   [tags: God, Christianity, Soul, Tertullian]

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Reacting to Poor Customer Service

- Reacting to Poor Service When entering a restaurant, I usually expect to leave full, satisfied, and wanting to come back again. I believe that many people expect the same thing. If I am paying for a service, I expect for it to be impeccable. When I receive poor service, I act based on the circumstances. I can be outspoken, quiet, or apologetic when I receive poor service. I can be very outspoken when I am under certain circumstances at a restaurant, or even at home. I can get upset quickly when I have a rude waiter or waitress....   [tags: restaurant, satisfaction, waitress]

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Character Analysis of Susan Glaspell's A Jury of Her Peers

- Mrs. Martha Hale is an apologetic, dutiful, and rational character who serves as a defense to justify Mrs. Wright’s murderous crime. Mrs. Hale as featured in “A Jury of Her Peers” Written by Susan Glaspell has the storyline of a mother who has intense apologetic regret over allowing her life to push things aside, of being a dutiful homemaker, and of unseen rational processing to the truth of the crime. Martha is mixed with regret in an apologetic manner for the lack of social outreach. Her first quote “I ought to go over and see Minnie Foster” (Insert Cite) after feeling as if she could not cross the line into Minnie Foster’s home because she felt regret for making excuses for twenty years....   [tags: A Jury of Her Peers Essays]

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How Social Media And The Different Platforms That Will Be Used For E Vangelism

- ... This chapter will either confirm of reject my theory on whether e-vangelism is a reality at Impact Church. VII. Conclusion This chapter will be a summary and comprehensive report of the first four chapters. VIII. Appendices (if necessary) Definition of Key Terms Cyber culture Cyber Culture is a unique set of habits, values, and other elements of culture that have evolved from the use of computers and the Internet. Social Media Optimization Social Media Optimization (SMO) is a set of practices for generating publicity through social media, online communities and social networks....   [tags: Jesus, Gospel, Sociology, Internet]

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The Civil War Changed Jacob Bruner 's Life And Perspective

- Imagine… its 1861 and life as you know it suddenly changes for the worst. That is what it was like for Jacob Bruner, an ordinary farmer living in a city in Paulding County, Ohio. In 1861, tragedy had struck for Mr. Bruner as the confederate army capture Fort Sumter, starting the bloodiest conflict in American History… The Civil War. Jacob Bruner, who seemed not interested, joined the fight in November of 1861 and little did he realize what he had gotten into (Ohio History). For the next two years of his life he would write letters back home informing his loving wife Martha, they would concern his condition and major news of the War....   [tags: Slavery, American Civil War]

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The Truth Of The Gospel Of A Pluralist Society

- ... Each of us should have a personal faith of our own.1 Cleverly, in response to this dichotomy, Newbigin uses the claim of science on fact to show that scientists use an agreed upon set of assumptions, like Christianity, to make claims to truth. These assumptions become the lens through which we observe the world. The Christian lens is the Gospel through which “the Christian community is invited to indwell the story, tacitly aware of it as shaping the way we understanding, but focally attending to the world we live in so that we are able to confidently, through not infallibly, to increase our understanding of it and our ability to cope with it.” Christians are invited to be a part of a c...   [tags: Christianity, Jesus, Pluralism, God]

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Summary Of ' Days Living As A Muslim '

- ... Yet, from this video all I saw was that he was far from comfortable going through this experience of “living as a Muslim”. He was not happy praying in a foreign language, nor happy with the fact that he had to kneel when he prayed. Most of all his interview at the radio station proved it all. He sounded still resentful about September 11 and very closed to the idea of the existence of other religion, because of the fact that he thought Muslims were sincerely apologetic about the unfortunate actions the terrorists are committing....   [tags: Islam, Qur'an, Muslim, Muhammad]

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Women During Sparta And Ancient Greece

- Women in Ancient Greece are often depicted as vigorous and enslaved beings, deprived of their right to freedom and social exposure within in a predominant male society. These depictions are seen throughout numerous artwork and archival findings that exhibit the hard labor in which women underwent. Through a historical context, the poignant imagery of hard labor that we see and analyze in contemporary times shows how their views are disregarded and trivial by their male surroundings. Following this further, we view Helen as a beautiful Spartan heroine, also know as the daughter of Zeus and Leda, and the Queen of Sparta, who refused to abide by demands that men imposed or not to live under ma...   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Helen, Greek mythology]

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Weber's Three Types of Leadership

- Throughout history there have always been leaders. Leadership is important in society, although not all leaders are the same. M. Weber described three different types of leaderships, the Authoritarian, Democratic, and Laissez-faire leadership. All of these leaderships tend to have their own advantages and disadvantages. The Authoritarian leadership is a leadership based on an individual’s ideas that controls a group. The leader usually have little input from others on decision making and only follow only one person’s ideas (Cherry 2014)....   [tags: sociological points of view]

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Worksheet On Roughnecks And Saints

- Worksheet on Roughnecks and Saints 1. What methodology did Chambliss use in this study. Chambliss used the observation method to compare and contrast the Saints’ and Roughnecks’ behavior. He observed the Saints and the Roughnecks for over two years. 2. Compare and contrast the deviant activities the Saints were involved in to those of the Roughnecks. Discuss the "seriousness" of the offenses. The Saints offenses consisted of petty theft, truancy, vandalism and speeding. When the police witnessed them doing these deviant things, they would brush it off as what the Saints did was a minor thing....   [tags: Crime, High school, Punk rock, Theft]

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Lovers' Quarrels in Love, 20 cents the First Quarter Mile

- Lovers' Quarrels in Love, 20 cents the First Quarter Mile Kenneth Fearing's poem "Love, 20 cents the First Quarter Mile," expresses the wide range of emotions experienced in an argument. The poem depicts the all too familiar situation of a lover's quarrel in which the persona, whom we can assume is male, struggles to resolve an argument during a taxi ride. During his attempts to resolve the quarrel, the persona experiences a variety of emotions ranging from apologetic to accusatory to sarcastic to romantic....   [tags: Love 20 cents the First Quarter Mile]

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The Life and Writing of Mary Flannery O’Connor

- Mary Flannery O’Connor was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia. She was known as Mary Flannery until she finished schooling in 1945. Since she felt that name sounded odd, she changed it to Flannery O’Connor as soon as she started writing short stories, cartooning, painting, and drawing. She credited her father, Edward, as the biggest influence in her art and writing. Young Flannery became a celebrity at age six when her pet chicken that she taught how to walk backwards was featured in the Pathe News with her....   [tags: writers]

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Internal Revenue Service(IRS) Targets the Tea Party

- In 2013, the IRS got audited and it wasn't pretty. In 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) admitted that it had inappropriately targeted and scrutinized political groups applying for tax-exempt status. At first it was reported that the agency had only targeted conservative groups, including groups with "Tea Party" in its name. However, it was later revealed that some liberal groups, such as those associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement, were also targeted, although to a lesser extent....   [tags: audit, groups, fallout, scruntiny]

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Commentary on The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville

- Commentary on The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville “…a humble little thing, the bend giving it an apologetic look.” The author portrays the reader of a bent bridge in which the community is divided on a heritage issue. This passage is taken from The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville. As the extract progresses, the reader realizes that the local community is divided into two groups on the ‘bent’ bridge. This passage contains some paradoxes and opposites. The ‘bent bridge itself is a paradox....   [tags: Papers]

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