Atheism - 599 words
The Big Lie I have been going to church since I was three years old. I also attended Sunday school since I was three. Since then I have been confirmed as a member of the church and have actively participated in the senior high youth program at my church. All of these years I figured that I would "grow into god", well at least that is what my pastor said. I think of myself now, at seventeen years old, and I still have not "grown into god". I have many reasons why I chose atheism. First I think of church as a bunch of hogwash. When I take a step back to look at the church, here is what I see. I see a god that has not shown any proof for that last 2000 years (if even then), I also see a god tha ...
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Issues Surrounding Atheism In Global Society - 823 words
Can we ever decide whether or not a certain world view is righteous and true? The society we live in has become misguided and confused. One of the many issues that stands to be faltering our religious stance from getting where we want to be, is the question of whether or not atheism is a realistic world view. How can we say we are for a certain notion when we ourselves cannot even back up what we believe in? How much information must we hold before we entirely believe something? From todays debate we were all bombarded with a load of information, and Ive come down to this. Though I already believed that atheism was not a realistic world view, I knew I had to give the opposing team a say. I b ...
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All Of Russian Communism - 1,538 words
The Reasons for the fall of Socialism/Communism and the Troubles of Starting the New Democratic System in the Russian Federation "Let's not talk about Communism. Communism was just an idea, just pie in the sky." Boris Yeltsin (b. 1931), Russian politician, president. Remark during a visit to the U.S. Quoted in: Independent (London, 13 Sept. The fall of the Communist regime in the Soviet Union was more than a political event. The powerful bond between economics and politics that was the integral characteristic of the state socialist system created a situation that was unique for the successor states of the Soviet Union. The Communist regime was so ingrain in every aspect of Soviet life that t ...
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Logic And Argumentation Are Central To Persuasive Communication - 1,770 words
Communication is an extremely important factor in our lives and much of the time is spent trying to persuade others towards our views. Logic and argumentation are central to persuasive communication. This document will outline the purpose of persuasive communication and its structure. Persuasive communication will be defined in a way that the main objective of persuasion is to convince the audience of the thesis, the thesis being the conclusion of a discourse. An integral part of persuasive communication is argumentation and its format will be discussed. In order for a document to be persuasive it will be shown that it is necessary for it to contain a valid argument that lends support to the ...
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Contridictions In Thomas Paines The Age Of Reason - 1,520 words
Thomas Paine wrote The Age of Reason in 1784. In it he included his views on the religions known throughout the world. For this, he was ridiculed and despised by many in society. Thomas Paine once said that a sermon he heard at the age of eight impressed him with the cruelty inherent in Christianity and made him a rebel forever. It is my opinion that, because of this, he lived the rest of his life never to actually study the Bible or Christianity. Because he was a rebel forever to the Christian religion, he was compelled to write of it in the 11th chapter of his book The Age of Reason, and quite inaccurately at that. I believe that Thomas Paine did not know enough of the Bible to speak again ...
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Percy Bysshe Shelley - 666 words
On August 4th 1792, Percy Bysshe Shelley was born to Timothy and Elizabeth Pillford at Field Place, near Horsham, Sussex. Timothy was a member of the Parliament and was the son of Bysshe Shelley. In 1806, he was christened Sir Bysshe Shelley, Baronet. Percy Shelley had five sisters and one brother. In 1802, Shelley attended an all-boys school titled Syon House Academy at Isleworth, which was close to London. After the Academy, he continued his education by attending Eton where he published his first gothic novel during his last term in the spring of 1810 entitled, Zastrozzi: A Romance. He then enrolled at Oxford University College in 1810. In October of the same year, he met a life long frie ...
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Plato - 1,197 words
Even after thousands of years Plato and Socrates teachings are as valid in today communities as it was in their times. Plato left us a blueprint etch in stone in becoming an idealistic human being and righteous community. Through Crito, Apology, and the Republic, Plato reveals that even though the unjust ideals may be enticing it will bring a just happiness. In book VII of The Republic, Socrates speaks with Glaucon about the analogy of "The Cave". This analogy represents humanity as being ignorant and uneducated. Unable to conceptualize or understand beyond what can be seen. People in the Cave were unable to see anything except the images made that are cast against the wall which for the mos ...
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Whos Who - 1,307 words
Have you ever heard the saying, no two people are alike? Well what if that statement was to be made false? Imagine you are walking down the street and you accidentally bump into some body and you look up to you realize that you are apologizing to yourself. How would you feel if you were looking at yourself with no mirror? If we leave it up to the government you could very well be put into that situation. Is cloning ethical or unethical? I believe that cloning is unethical and should be stopped. If there were supposed to be two of a person than their mother would have had twins. Cloning is like playing God and we all know that we cant be God so why try to be something we are not? In a religio ...
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Public Vs Private - 834 words
When we started talking about private vs. public schools in class a lot of feelings were running high I thought. I also thought that not enough of us knew enough to make a knowledgeable judgment. Here is some pro and cons to let you know the truths about private schools and maybe some falsehoods you thought to be true. Some people say private schools offer superior education. To a point this is true, according to studies private schools test scores are significantly higher than public. I would never believe that every public school is bad. I feel children can get a good education in a public school. Public schools also have a lot of kids that do not want to be there, therefore they don't try ...
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Soviet Propaganda - 1,172 words
The soviet communist party, or the Bolsheviks, always new that strong propaganda was essential to increase the consciousness of the masses. As stated in the Encyclopedia of Propaganda, " propaganda was central to Marxist-Lennist ideology long before the Bolshevik revolution of 1917."(675) The power of persuasion and coercion were exercised with great force by Soviet leaders. The two leaders whom utilized propaganda to influence public opinion in the USSR were Vladimir Lennon and Joseph Stalin. Both men used many different facets of the media to spread their propaganda. They also used the troubled social climate along with the ignorance of the masses to custom tailor a regime that lasted for ...
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Voltaire - 753 words
Francois Marie Arouet was born on November 21, 1694 in Paris. The pen name that he used the most often, however, was Voltaire. Voltaire was a French author, philosopher, and apostle of free thought; he was the most influential figure during the French Enlightenment. Voltaire received an excellent education at a Jesuit school called Louis-le-Grand. At age 16 he left school and became friends with Parisian aristocrats. These aristocrats admired his cleverness, humor, and remarkable writing ability. In 1717 Voltaire was arrested for writing a series of satirical verses ridiculing the French government, and he was imprisoned in the infamous French prison, the Bastille. During his imprisonment, h ...
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Existentialism - 1,628 words
Existentialism, philosophical movement or tendency, emphasizing individual existence, freedom, and choice, that influenced many diverse writers in the 19th and 20th centuries. Because of the diversity of positions associated with existentialism, the term is impossible to define precisely. Certain themes common to virtually all existentialist writers can, however, be identified. The term itself suggests one major theme: the stress on concrete individual existence and, consequently, on subjectivity, individual freedom, and choice. Most philosophers since Plato have held that the highest ethical good is the same for everyone; insofar as one approaches moral perfection, one resembles other moral ...
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Theology Thesis - 1,523 words
In the face of one of the biggest fears known to man-death-the Catholic faith provides a positive outlook upon the loss of ones physical presence on earth. Through the life and death of Jesus Christ (the hypostatic union of son and Father,) a Christocentric theology resolves the mystery of death through faith and grace. Gods only Sons death grants a Catholic Christian with an answer to the why of death, resulting in a realistic, yet hopeful attitude toward the loss of the physical being, while continuing to believe in the flourishing life of the spirit in a realm beyond our understanding. Atheism has always questioned the essence of religion, as Freud once said, Religion protects us from one ...
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My Philosophy Of Balance - 1,622 words
Balance. Our world depends upon it physically, psychologically, and spiritually. This principle, although easy to overlook, is the foundation of my personal philosophy. Without balance there is no harmony, no conflict and no growth. Any productive result, any achievement, any strength is useless without it. The balance in my world is achieved by these fundamental beliefs: God exists, and yet evil exists; all humanity does have free will and all these beliefs contribute to the development of a meaning for life. All of these beliefs are components of each other, an interdependent relationship that creates my personal philosophy. Each values participation in my final belief is measured and bala ...
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Existentialism - 1,762 words
Existentialism, which spread rapidly over continental Europe after the First World War, is essentially the analysis of the condition of man, of the particular state of being free, and of man's having constantly to use his freedom in order top answer the ever- changing and unexpected challenges of the day. According to the Existentialists, the starting point of every philosophical investigation is concrete human existence. That means that human personality in itself should point the way to the absolute value of A single definition of existentialism is impossible. Definitions, provided by dictionaries are only part of what existentialism is about. central to each definition is the assertion th ...
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William Blakes Relevance To The Modern World - 1,005 words
... his is very similar to the fundamental rights of man espoused in the Declaration of Independence, which states that "all men are created equal" because they are "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights" (Declaration 10-20). Blake also believed that all life was inherently holy; Damon says that his religion "became all-inclusive when he declared that every thing that lives is holy. This was a natural conclusion from the ancient belief that all things were created from the divine substance" (344). This becomes especially important and vital to us in an age where terrorist attacks are becoming increasingly common (witness the bombings at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and the ...
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Church And State In America - 719 words
For years Americans have been engulfed in what may be the greatest nationwide debate in the history of America. The separation of Church and State. For starters a few definitions should be made clear. Webster defines religion as " a cause, principle or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith." That is the definition that I will be referring to when I say religion. When I say Religion with a capitol R I am referring to "the service and worship of God, or the supernatural" So many people argue that prayer in schools should not be allowed, or that Religion should not be taught. The bible was once used as a textbook in schools. Prayer used to open up the days at school. Christianity used ...
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A New And Malevolent Superstition - 2,373 words
The first instance of the Roman State taking action against Christians arose in the reign of the Emperor Claudius (41-54 A.D.). The historians Suetonius and Dio Cassius tell us that Claudius had to expel the Jews because they were continually arguing among themselves about a certain Chrestos. "Here we have first mention of the response to the Christian message in the community of Rome," comments Karl Baus. The historian Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus (70- ca.140) was a high-ranking official at the imperial courts of Trajan and of Hadrian. He was a scholar and counsellor of the emperors. He justified this and future actions of the State against Christians defining them as a "new and malicious su ...
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Communist Vs Czarist Antisemitisim - 945 words
Jewish History Project Term Two: Communist Vs. Czarist Anti-Semitism Anti-Semitism is defined as Hostility toward or prejudice against Jews or Judaism. Communist anti-Semitism was different from Czarist anti-Semitism in its goals, and the ways in which it achieved those goals. The two regimes also differed in their reasons for government sanctioned anti-Semitism. The main underlying reason for Czarist and communist anti-Semitism was generations of ignorance and misunderstanding. The Czarist regimes prayed on this to their advantage, while the communists used this as justification for the destruction of Russian Jewry. The two types of anti-Semitism that were practiced were very dissimilar. Cz ...
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The Devil Has His Christs - 989 words
Krishina", which is actually Sanskrit for "Dark God", predated Jesus the Christ in the works of two Greek historians, Arrian and Strabo (Daleiden 105). Then there is Buddha, who predates Jesus by more than five centuries (Daleiden 105). There are many other religions, cults and superstitions after Jesus walked among chosen sinners. If so why has Christianity become such a big issue over the years in moral and political aspects in the world? Is God a "woman" or an "African American?" Should prayers and crucifixes be allowed in public elementary schools? Do Aliens follow God? There are hundreds of questions that could be asked from everyday life to futuristic premonitions. The question that re ...
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