He healed many people, but only a quarter of his miracles were considered exorcisms. The apostles were also exorcists by definition because it was known to be a true sign of discipleship. In ancient cultures, such as Mesopotamia, both physical and psychological sickness was connected to the idea of being possessed. As time passed, others, including Martin Luther who was a German theologian who led a reformation, used this form of casting out of evil spirits. However, by 1600, all Protestants rejected this idea as being superstitious.
The pope commanded more respect and authority than the king, the church taxed the people, and the church dictated the laws of the land. The church was in charge of the people's souls, so they took responsibility for everything else. Even the king and his court was subject to the church's rule, as no one would really stand up to the church's authority. So of course, certain people in the church became corrupt and used religion as a way to coerce their own fortunes or luxuries. This went on for hundreds of years.
They also do not believe in abortions they have this in common with Christianity they believe that unless abortion is used to save the life of the mother than it is not supported by the religion. Also Voodoo followers do not partake in autopsies which may be very difficult in our day and age. Performing an autopsy is considered ruining the human body. Voodoo has their own ways of determing what is the cause of death. All in all, I have found this religion to be very interesting I have learned so many facts and non-facts about this religion.
Images have been used through out history to depict everything from people to gods and everything in between. It was a way for those who could not read to understand the bible stories and lessons. When Christianity started to become more popular early theologians believed that images were considered to be idolatry. When Iconoclasm started they believed that images were bad as well, but people started to find a purpose for images and the issue of images in religion was some what concluded with Bernard of Clairvaux who believed they were good as long as the were used to honor God. Theologians through out time have all had many different ideas on what images should and should not be used for in Christianity.
The article How Are Religion and Spirituality Related to Health is interesting because Curlin et al. study examines what practicing physicians think about the relation between religion, spirituality, and health. While the questions asked did not provide, explicit definitions regarding spirituality, the participants ‘responses reflected religious ideology. All physicians in the study claimed they believe religion influences health, however they did not describe that influence in terms of effects on medical outcomes. Rather, Physicians described religious influences as beneficial when they enable patients to cope with suffering and adhere to difficult regimens.
Some of these idea from the Greeks and Romans were incorrect since they would not dissect bodies. Doctors and scholars of the medieval period would not dissect bodies, either. This was because it was considered cruel to treat a body like that. However, when they did start dissecting in the early 1300’s, they gained a better knowledge of inner organs. (Medieval Medicine and the Plague, 20) Religion was one of the most powerful influences on medieval medicine.
Some of the people that he mention are gods and many practices reverts to god for cures because Medieval physician lack knowledge so the physicians did whatever they could to make a cure. Again religion is power belief system the change easily persuade the minds of many individuals to create ideas to help solve a problem and in reality and in science the solution the does not really work. Medicine was in the hand of the Christian Church and Muslims, (Rogers 23). Medicine may have been swayed by religion and trans... ... middle of paper ... ...Bantam, 1981. 2-41.
These findings of science are met with incredulity and most are considered a heresy. Since the middle ages until the 18th centuri, religious ideology was the most accepted way of explaining the unexplained. During the next couple hundred years, many members of academia(a school of philosophy), using science to back them up, came up with new ways of dealing with the unanswerable questions. When the church had the greatest power, men and women of science were viewed as the "wicked guys." In most cases it was safer to believe in the church and their ideas, in order not to be excommunicated or shunned by society, than to place their trust in charlatan scientists.
They also thought there were two forces good and evil, which were constantly battling one another. Augustine soon realized this was wrong because God would not allow evil to exist substantially; evil is the lack of good, or, in other words, the good that should be there is not. That is, evil is not something that is there before the good, because God created everything good and humans with free will have chosen to act with evil. In Nathaniel Rich’s article, The Man Who Saves You from Yourself, he talks about the authoritative influence of cult leaders. Cult leaders are very persuasive with their approach, which allows them to recruit people.
Christianity and Politics The descriptions of the Roman Empire and state authority offered in Christian texts seems to be one that is oppressive. Since the state often punished Christians for disturbing the peace, the Empire is often shown as merciless and callous. However, texts seem to suggest that the Empire did not treat Christians any differently from the other citizens of the state. Christianity in itself was not illegal under Roman law, so Christians were not targeted specifically as a group. Then, the popular portrayal of early Christianity as a mass political movement that the Romans dedicated much resources to thwart seems implausible.