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  • Pilgrim's Progress Analysis

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    Why Pilgrim’s Progress Was So Widely Read and How it Influenced Early Conversion Narratives Pilgrim’s Progress, written by John Bunyan in 1678, portrays a long, metaphor filled, and fictional journey traveled by a man named Christian, the name being symbolic on its own. There are a few key reasons why I believe Pilgrim’s Progress was so widely read and translated into more than 200 languages. The reason why it was read by so many is because it tells a lot more than just a conversion experience

  • Persecution

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    ages of Christianity, there have been many drawbacks to this cause. Many leaders among the Christian community were persecuted due to the disbelief of Christ being the Messiah among pagan worshipers, heathens, and even other credible religious leaders. This persecution more often led to death, or other horrifying results. But no matter what horrendous effects, there was always a brighter side causing the Christian faith to grow even stronger. Because of Rome’s strictness in following the laws and rules

  • Desert Fathers, Early Monasticism

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    Early in second and third century Christian history, violence against Christians by the Roman Empire, struggles against pagan ideology, practices that were corrupting the Church, and certain lax spiritual discipline had crept into many areas of the Christian faith. As some leaders attempted to control the faith by growing their personal power and influence on the political front, others sought escape from the spiritual darkness they perceived among the world to retain their own spiritual purity

  • Book Review

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    the creation of God the Father, is the body of God the Son, and is the instrument through which God the Holy Spirit works in today’s contemporary world. Since the church is such a high priority for God, it should be of great importance to every Christian. In addition, North American Christian’s need to be aware of the dangers associated with focusing on growth, relevancy, and pragmatism instead of focusing on God’s design for the church (11). Finally, Hammett believes that those who have held to

  • Liberation Theology

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    political consciousness. The oppressed people have to realize they are oppressed and that the Bible text can be used as a tool to overcome their oppressors. In regards to South Africa, there was an awakening when the black people realized their lack of influence in politics, the huge economic disparity between rich and poor, and their low standing in society was a crime against humanity. They are children of God, and no child of God deserves to suffer the way they did. Liberation theology is very organic

  • The Church as the People of God

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    “the church” not as a physical building, but as much more. A very common response to this question has been that the church is “the people of God” or even “God’s chosen people.” I, however, prefer the definition of the church as “the community of Christian faith,” a much more inclusive definition than the previous mentioned definitions. In the second chapter of his work titled An Introduction to Ecclesiology, theologian Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen discusses the idea of “The Church as the People of God”,

  • Discipleship

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    sacrifices by helping other who less fortunate than you even helping friends or family. In conclusion I believe the only way to be a disciple of God is to be you but do try not to hurt anyone in the process. To enter the kingdom of God is every Christian dream so if you believe in God and do this in any way possible it won't affect you getting into the Kingdom of God and on earth you are a true disciple, you just have to believe. Therefore I believe that if you want to enter the kingdom of God

  • An Adaptable Development of Ecclesiastical Art

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    Ecclesiastical Art Although Christian art is now seen as a major part of the Christian religion, during the first three centuries of the church there was no Christian art and the church generally resisted it. Clement of Alexandria criticized religious art by calling it pagan. In his view, it encouraged people to worship that which had been created rather than the Creator (3, 79). But by mid-3rd century pictorial art began to be used and accepted in the Christian church but not without fervent

  • God's Calling for me.

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    A question that is asked by many Christians is whether or not God is currently working within their immediate life. Most if not all Christians are aware that God is a being that does have a presence within His creation, however some question if he actually is involved with their actual life. For me I would say that I do believe that God does have an immediate presence in my life, and has set a hand in my vocation. I plan to be a lawyer, U.S diplomat, or possibly a politician. I believe that God is

  • Christianity in Nigeria

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    regional and ethnic distinctions (Kane 86). Religion is often times the source of customs, culture, happiness and wars: it influences nearly every facet of our life. In Nigeria, the main religions are Christianity, paganism, and Islam. Christianity began to spread in the 19th century and has continued to spread up through the 21st century. The major spread of the Christian church in Nigeria is clearly credited to the independent churches of the Nigerian people. Portuguese Catholic priests, who