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Interpreting Sati: The Complex Relationship Between Gender And Power In India, Cheyanne Cierpial 2017 Denison University

Interpreting Sati: The Complex Relationship Between Gender And Power In India, Cheyanne Cierpial

Denison Journal of Religion

This essay stresses the importance of context sensitivity when considering seemingly controversial issues. Cierpal uses the act of Sati, widow burning, to illuminate the need for such context sensitivity. The controversial act takes place when one’s husband dies. Sati is literally translated to “virtuous woman,” and the wife performs the ritual in order to serve, provide for, and protect her husband. Sati can bee seen as a “ritual necessary in order to regain and achieve ultimate devotion to her husband.” Many Western feminist scholars question whether a woman exercises agency in making this choice, yet these scholars often fail ...


Review: Resident Aliens: Life In The Christian Colony, By Stanley Hauerwas And William Willimon, Dylan Parson 2017 Denison University

Review: Resident Aliens: Life In The Christian Colony, By Stanley Hauerwas And William Willimon, Dylan Parson

Denison Journal of Religion

No abstract provided.


Review: American Grace: How Religion Divides And Unites Us, By Robert D. Putnam And David E. Campbell, Victoria Neuman 2017 Denison University

Review: American Grace: How Religion Divides And Unites Us, By Robert D. Putnam And David E. Campbell, Victoria Neuman

Denison Journal of Religion

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Review: Is Scripture Still Holy?: Coming Of Age With The New Testament, By A.E. Harvey, Jonathan Huang 2017 Denison University

Review: Is Scripture Still Holy?: Coming Of Age With The New Testament, By A.E. Harvey, Jonathan Huang

Denison Journal of Religion

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Discovering The Tragic Sense Of Life: An Examination Of Philosophical Influence In Art And Self, Jaime Arlene Zito 2017 Denison University

Discovering The Tragic Sense Of Life: An Examination Of Philosophical Influence In Art And Self, Jaime Arlene Zito

Denison Journal of Religion

To enable readers to understand her examination, Zito begins her essay by situating readers in a position to understand Miguel de Unamuno’s work, The Tragic Sense of Life. A man has no purpose in the world, but is a purpose in and of himself. An individual is his own objective, and this holds true for all individuals, for everyone seeks the same understanding of himself and of others. Meaning comes from the journey to understanding, rather than from understanding in itself, for once understanding is gained, there can be nothing after. Humans have a desire to exist, which is ...


On Mothers And Husbandry: An Interpreter’S Guide To “You Shall Not Boil A Kid In Its Mother’S Milk", Joshua Rager 2017 Denison University

On Mothers And Husbandry: An Interpreter’S Guide To “You Shall Not Boil A Kid In Its Mother’S Milk", Joshua Rager

Denison Journal of Religion

The body of this essay is separated into two distinct subjects. Firstly, scholarly analyses of the passage and their socio-economic impact are evaluated, followed by Rager’s own theological perspectives on the subject. The first section of the essay begins with first-century philosopher, Philo, who believed that to boil a kid in its mother’s milk was a violation of the dietary laws forbidding the consumption of dairy and meat simultaneously. The segregation of opposites is referenced as well, including child and mother and meat and milk with life and death, Jew and Gentile. For a long time the practice ...


Who Is Jesus? New Monastic Perspectives, Tori Newman 2017 Denison University

Who Is Jesus? New Monastic Perspectives, Tori Newman

Denison Journal of Religion

This essay is a discussion of Jesus’s political, economic, social, and theological implications in regards to the new monasticism movement. Newman begins by outlining the environment into which Jesus was born: a violent Empire and a genocide. Born by a virgin woman in a stable, surrounded by dirty shepherds, Jesus is immediately a social outcast. Named from his birth as the Messiah, and thus named as a threat to Caesar, Jesus is a refugee from the reigning political order. As he grows older, Jesus’ actions and teachings refute the political, economic, and social culture. He over turns the money ...


Traducianism? Creationism? What Has An Ancient Debate To Do With The Modern Debate Over Abortion?, Ted Nelson 2017 Denison University

Traducianism? Creationism? What Has An Ancient Debate To Do With The Modern Debate Over Abortion?, Ted Nelson

Denison Journal of Religion

Nelson examines Church Fathers’ positions on origin of the soul and relates their arguments to today’s debates over abortion and when the murder of a soul should be punishable by state law. The essay begins chronologically, starting with Origen, a third century theologian, and his idea of pre-existence of souls. Origen draws from Paul’s letter to the Romans and the Book of Jeremiah to explain that souls were not created by God, but rather had existed on an equal plane with God. This argument sets the stage for the two primary alternative beliefs: creationism and traducianism. Creationism is ...


Understanding The Response, Mimi Mendez de Leon 2017 Denison University

Understanding The Response, Mimi Mendez De Leon

Denison Journal of Religion

No abstract provided.


Top Down Or Bottom-Up? Religion, Economics, And Social Justice, Jessica Ann Began 2017 Denison University

Top Down Or Bottom-Up? Religion, Economics, And Social Justice, Jessica Ann Began

Denison Journal of Religion

No abstract provided.


Modern American Evangelical Conceptions Of Girls' Virginity: Their Origins In Patriarchal Property Discourse Of Deuteronomic Family Laws, Carly Matas 2017 Denison University

Modern American Evangelical Conceptions Of Girls' Virginity: Their Origins In Patriarchal Property Discourse Of Deuteronomic Family Laws, Carly Matas

Denison Journal of Religion

No abstract provided.


Peyote And The Psychedelics: 20th Century Perceptions Of The Religious Use Of Psychoactive Substances, Joshua Rager 2017 Denison University

Peyote And The Psychedelics: 20th Century Perceptions Of The Religious Use Of Psychoactive Substances, Joshua Rager

Denison Journal of Religion

No abstract provided.


Eros Created, Eros Contaminated, Eros Condemned, Taylor Klassman 2017 Denison University

Eros Created, Eros Contaminated, Eros Condemned, Taylor Klassman

Denison Journal of Religion

No abstract provided.


We Swim, We Are Not Swallowed, Taylor Klassman 2017 Denison University

We Swim, We Are Not Swallowed, Taylor Klassman

Denison Journal of Religion

This essay explores the hostile relationship that exists between mainstream Christianity and the queer community. Klassman claims that the possible solutions to that problem currently available are not effective. The queer community has sometimes favored separatism to avoid conflict; it has created its own environment in which members can worship how they please. This does create a kind of unified community, but it also defines members exclusively by their sexuality and makes it the most significant part of their personhood. Additionally, it does not work to address prejudices existing within the mainstream religious communities. Another option currently available for queer ...


Making Room For Two In One: The Conflictive Relationship Between American And Catholic Identities In American Literature, Kimberly Anne Humphrey 2017 Denison University

Making Room For Two In One: The Conflictive Relationship Between American And Catholic Identities In American Literature, Kimberly Anne Humphrey

Denison Journal of Religion

This article considers the manner in which co-existing Catholic and American identities are represented in Andrew Greeley's Cardinal Sins, Edwin O'Connor's The Edge of Sadness, Walker Percy's Love in Ruins: The Behavior of a Bad Catholic at the Time Near the End of the World, and J.F. Powers's Morte d'Urban. In each novel, there is a conflict or difficulty in reconciling various identities, in particular Catholic and American identities. While the ways in which these two interact and, occasionally, conflict varies in each novel, there is always some attempt to work out a ...


The Baha'i Faith In America, 1893-1900: A Diffusion Of The American Religious Zeitgeist, Joshua Rager 2017 Denison University

The Baha'i Faith In America, 1893-1900: A Diffusion Of The American Religious Zeitgeist, Joshua Rager

Denison Journal of Religion

This article argues that while the Baha'i faith may appear to be very exotic and distinct from traditional American Protestantism, it is actually very representative of the American religious zeitgeist, or "spirit of the times." The founder of Baha'i was Baha'u'llah, but the man who was primarily responsible for bringing the faith to America was the Syrian Kheiralla. He was educated at an American Bible university, and spent much of his life in the United States. Eventually, he self-identified as American. Furthermore, the faith that he brought with him to the United States was not orthodox ...


Peter Berger And The Rise And Fall Of The Theory Of Secularization, Dylan Reaves 2017 Denison University

Peter Berger And The Rise And Fall Of The Theory Of Secularization, Dylan Reaves

Denison Journal of Religion

In the 1960's most sociologists, Peter Berger included, believed that secularization, or the end of power of religious institutions and symbols, was an inevitable byproduct of modernization. However, in subsequent decades Berger has realized that this prediction was incorrect and that religion was maintaining if not growing its power in many areas, with the possible exception of Western Europe and the Western intelligentsia. The resurgence of religion that Berger has witnessed over the past fifty years is not an isolated phenomenon. Berger believes that it will shape four areas: 1) international politics; 2) war and peace; 3) religion and ...


A Case For Heresy, Claire Navarro 2017 Denison University

A Case For Heresy, Claire Navarro

Denison Journal of Religion

This article serves as a reminder to mainstream Christians about the origins of the word "heresy." While today heresy has an immediate and profoundly negative connotation, this was not always true. Originally, the root of the word heresy implied a "choice," or a "different school of thought." This implied a difference, but not necessarily incorrectness. For instance, the word "hairesis" was used by Josephus, a first century Jewish historian, to describe the three branches of Judaism"Sadducees, Essenes, and Pharisees. While these three sects had different understandings of their faith, there was not a sense of condemnation. In fact, without ...


Hong Kong Industrial History: Brief Account Of The Accompanying Role Played By Technical Education And Training, Dan Waters 2017 HK Institute of Vocational Education (Morrison Hill), Vocational Training Council

Hong Kong Industrial History: Brief Account Of The Accompanying Role Played By Technical Education And Training, Dan Waters

Dr. Dan Waters

No abstract provided.


Address Speech For The Exhibition By Part-Time Evening Students Of Window Display Of The Lee Wai Lee Technical Institute 李惠利工業學院夜學課程「櫥窗設計」展覽, 前署理教育處處長(工業) 華德斯先生致辭, Dan Waters 2017 HK Institute of Vocational Education (Morrison Hill), Vocational Training Council

Address Speech For The Exhibition By Part-Time Evening Students Of Window Display Of The Lee Wai Lee Technical Institute 李惠利工業學院夜學課程「櫥窗設計」展覽, 前署理教育處處長(工業) 華德斯先生致辭, Dan Waters

Dr. Dan Waters

Address by Mr. D. D. Waters, I.S.O., 11th June 1982 for the exhibition by part-time evening students of window display of the Lee Wai Lee Technical Institute.


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