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... a controlled family environment that appeals to potential cult members because it is a removal from the exterior society. Cult recruiters prey on those who see themselves as alienated from the rest of society, and give these people the sense of conformity that they desire. A common method of recruiters, to obtain new members, is through chat lines on the internet. A recorded conversation between a member of the Divine Light Mission, Fire-Shade, and an 18-year old boy, Jay 18, was obtained off of the site, IRC Teen Chat. Jay18: I am a really ...

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The Greek Orthodox Church

... These clergymen are much like the Pope in that they decide church doctrine and generally make the important decision on controversial topics. In its doctrinal statements, “the Greek Orthodox church strongly affirms that it holds the original Christian faith, which was common to East and West during the first millennium of Christian history" (Meyendorff 18). More particularly, it recognizes the authority of the ecumenical councils at which East and West were represented together. These were the councils of Nicaea I (325), Constan ...

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Refutation To A Bias Suggestion

... my opinion in the least amount? Simply because the texts of the Bible are old does not void their validity. Although we may not share the same nationality with the authors of the Bible, we do share common beliefs and faiths. Taken from a different perspective, non-Christians do not share the same beliefs, obviously, or they would not make such statements. Another question one may ask themselves is exactly how different are the authors of the Biblical texts from ourselves. Is it their lifestyle or career that makes them so exo ...

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Canada's Religion History

... this period of advancement, the country’s open immigration policy welcomed Eastern European Jews and in turn changed the face of Canadian Jewry forever. The increase in Canada’s Jewish population, combined with the highly anti-Semitic influence of Europe, stirred previously idle feelings of anti-Semitism among the non-Jewish communities of Canada. Consequently, anti-Semitism spread throughout Canada and its Jews were used as scapegoats for the insecurities and tensions brought forth by the changing times of the turn of the century. In mid ...

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Taoism And Buddhism

... dies is an integral part of these religions and the culture of the Chinese people. Reincarnation, life after death, beliefs are not standardized. Each religion has a different way of applying this concept to its beliefs. This paper will describe the reincarnation concepts as they apply to Taoism and Buddhism, and then provide a comparison of the two. The goal in Taoism is to achieve tao, to find the way. Tao is the ultimate reality, a presence that existed before the universe was formed and which continues to guide the world and ev ...

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Ancient Greek Beliefs Of Religion And Death Differs From Other Cultures

... modern day beliefs of other religions such as Judaism and Ancient Egyptian beliefs. For example, The Odyssey begins with a scene containing a conversation among the gods. The goddess Athena, goddess of war and wisdom, is discussing the matter of Odysseus with Zeus, the head god and god of sky (Homer 10). Of course these are not the only Greek gods and goddesses. Other examples of Greek gods and goddesses are Apollo, god of music, poetry, medicine, archery, and young unmarried men and Hestes, goddess of the home. As you can see, the Greeks ...

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What Is Satanism?

... knowledge that is gained beyond the five senses. Therefore, knowledge is received by some supernatural involvement or connection. Anton LaVey of the first church of Satan in San Francisco, California, says that "Satanism is a blatantly selfish brutal religion- It is based on the belief that man is inherently a selfish, violent creature… that the earth will be ruled by those who fight and win." Satanism challenges the biblical teachings regarding mans relationship to others. Young Satanist's believe that the strong will rule with Satan. Power ...

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Revealing The Mistakes Of Puritanism

... he loses his faith, he loses his happiness. To regain his happiness, Brown must find his righteousness again. Puritans believe there is no hope for a sinner. Hawthorne uses a variety of writing techniques to condemn the rigidity of Puritanism. For example, Hawthorne uses a wide variety of diction to create a mystical and hopeless mood. As Brown walks into the “dreary” forest, an “ uncertain” feeling comes over him as he looks ahead to the “gloom” awaiting him. The forest is very dark and dreary and these words help create ...

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The Role Of Women In The Church

... role of women in the church of the first century and apply that understanding to the church of the twentieth century. Many people would dispute the Bible's relevance to contemporary thought in general, and in particular to the role of women in worship. If the Bible were not written under divine inspiration, a person or practice is not bound by its teachings. He or she can therefor pick and choose whatever corresponds to his/her point of view. However, if the Bible is of divine inspiration, then a cautious consideration of passages rele ...

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Bar Mitzvah

... Aaron was thousands of years ago. Today, politicians are no better, and, on many occasions, even worse. They believe they can lead this country, but they can't even keep their moral standards or oaths. Wherever we look at people as leaders, they do something to prove they are unfit for this title. Sports figures, politicians, actors, and actresses, have been looked up to as role models and leaders, and many of them have been brought down by their own immoral standards. Some of today's lawyers bend the truth. People, who deserve a li ...

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Religion In Public Schools

... states permitted schools to begin the day by reading aloud a passage of the bible." Bu t that had to stop. People didn't have the same beliefs when it comes to religion, if a family absent even believe in god why should their child be forced to pray? On many different occasions questions similar to this one were brought up and complained about. That is what started it all real big. When complaining, arguing and fighting all started over the silent moment. In 1978 a few lawyers got together and considered a constitutional law. The original law ...

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Book Of Job: Suffering

... Psalms 69:33-36, states “The Lord hears the needy and does not despise his captive people. Let heaven and earth praise him. The seas and all that move in them. For God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah. Then people will settle there and possess it; the children of his servants will inherit it; and those who love his name will dwell there.” God does not intentionally inflict despair and heartache on his believers for no reason at all. I think the despair we experience, and how we deal with it, is a test to show our true ...

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