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Piety And Mayhem: How Extremist Groups Misuse Religious Doctrine To Condone Violence And Achieve Political Goals, Noah Garber 2020 Ursinus College

Piety And Mayhem: How Extremist Groups Misuse Religious Doctrine To Condone Violence And Achieve Political Goals, Noah Garber

Religious Studies Honors Papers

This thesis examines the way in which various groups have used religion as a justification for violent action towards political ends. From the Irgun, which carried out terrorist acts in Palestine, to the Palestinian Islamist organization Hamas, which has waged war on Israel, to the Buddhist leadership of Myanmar, which has waged a genocidal campaign against Rohingya Muslims living in the country, these groups have employed a narrow interpretation of their religious texts as a means to justify the actions they take. It is explained that it is not the compulsion of religious doctrine itself that is to blame, rather ...


Representations Of Religious Injustice In The Works Of François Villon And Emile Zola, Alexis Windecker 2020 Rider University

Representations Of Religious Injustice In The Works Of François Villon And Emile Zola, Alexis Windecker

2020 JHU Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium

François Villon and Emile Zola are two French authors who critiqued society and its structures in their time. Although Villon and Zola are separated by four centuries and by stylistic differences, a theme that is pervasive in each author's writing is that of religious injustice. Both authors suggest that the structure of organized religion in their era creates a false hope in the power of the Church to save humanity. In Zola's novella, L'Inondation [The Flood], his critique is subtle, and the reader is forced to view his work through an allegorical lens to discern his underlying ...


Rieger's "No Religion But Social Religion: Liberating Wesleyan Theology" (Book Review), Julie E. Sweeney 2020 Point Loma Nazarene University

Rieger's "No Religion But Social Religion: Liberating Wesleyan Theology" (Book Review), Julie E. Sweeney

The Christian Librarian

No abstract provided.


Godsey's "The God Particle: God-Talk In A “Big Bang” World" (Book Review), Rory Patterson 2020 Liberty University

Godsey's "The God Particle: God-Talk In A “Big Bang” World" (Book Review), Rory Patterson

The Christian Librarian

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Clark's "God And The Brain: The Rationality Of Belief" (Book Review), Andrew C. Stout 2020 Covenant Theological Seminary

Clark's "God And The Brain: The Rationality Of Belief" (Book Review), Andrew C. Stout

The Christian Librarian

No abstract provided.


David Hume, "The Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion," And Religious Tolerance, Jarrett Delozier 2020 University of Tennessee, Knoxville

David Hume, "The Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion," And Religious Tolerance, Jarrett Delozier

Chancellor’s Honors Program Projects

No abstract provided.


Cultivating Virtue: Developing A Guiding Document For Youth Ministry At Cookeville First United Methodist Church, Adam Daniels 2020 Abilene Christian University

Cultivating Virtue: Developing A Guiding Document For Youth Ministry At Cookeville First United Methodist Church, Adam Daniels

Doctor of Ministry Project/Theses

The purpose of this project was to produce a guiding document of virtues that represented the type of Christ-like character qualities desired in youth at Cookeville First United Methodist Church. The six virtues chosen in the document represent a comprehensive vision for character growth over the course of students’ time in the program. To provide a theological foundation for this project, I examined the idea that virtue has a narrative shape where words find their meaning in a story. For our purposes, this story is generally stated as the story of Jesus at first but is then seen as best ...


Adolescent Spiritual Formation: Practical Theology As A Filter For Youth Ministry, Jeremy Smith 2020 Abilene Christian University

Adolescent Spiritual Formation: Practical Theology As A Filter For Youth Ministry, Jeremy Smith

Doctor of Ministry Project/Theses

There seems to be a disconnect between the practice and scholars of youth ministry. Historically, the practice of youth ministry has been overly concerned with method, creating multiple approaches, each with its own inherent shortcomings. Responding to this overemphasis on method, scholars of youth ministry have argued for a more theological framework, assuming that the problem lies within a lack of theological education among youth ministry practitioners. In 2001 youth ministry scholarship made a case to place the field of youth ministry under the discipline of practical theology in hopes of grounding the practice of youth ministry in theology. Over ...


Arguments From Evil And The Parenting Style(S) Of God, Kyle Dean Gazlay 2020 Liberty University

Arguments From Evil And The Parenting Style(S) Of God, Kyle Dean Gazlay

Masters Theses

In scholarly debates there are two primary positions on whether a God who is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent can coexist with the presence of evil in the world. Atheists claim that God and evil do not coexist, while theists proclaim that God and evil can and do coexist. Atheists have used arguments from evil as a chief weapon against the existence of God and evil. Within arguments from evil, atheists create arguments that take an evidential or probabilistic stance on the matter. These arguments are called evidential arguments from evil. The evidential arguments from evil will use parent analogies to ...


Seton Writings Project: Chronological List 5 (January 1821 - December 1821), Regina Bechtle S.C., Judith Metz S.C. Ph.D. 2020 DePaul University

Seton Writings Project: Chronological List 5 (January 1821 - December 1821), Regina Bechtle S.C., Judith Metz S.C. Ph.D.

Seton Writings Project

The fifth list of correspondence to or about Elizabeth Seton, including materials from January 1821 - December 1821.


Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit, Ree Taylor 2020 Loyola Marymount University

Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit, Ree Taylor

Say Something Theological: The Student Journal of Theological Studies

No abstract provided.


Healing Binaries: Retrieving Ancient Near Eastern Goddess Traditions For Christian Spirituality, Kristin Kissell 2020 Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School

Healing Binaries: Retrieving Ancient Near Eastern Goddess Traditions For Christian Spirituality, Kristin Kissell

Say Something Theological: The Student Journal of Theological Studies

This work addresses the question of what we can learn about body, gender, and sexuality from ancient Near Eastern goddess traditions in order to subvert binaries of body/spirit and male/female in Christianity. The methodology used is a feminist and comparative. Beginning with an analytic account of body in the context of antiquity and today, I highlight the importance of understanding body personification in different times and spaces; emphasizing the need to continually hold the body, embodiment, and experience in tension and mystery rather than certainty and categorization. I seek to expose the damage such binaries, language, and categorization ...


Divine Over Matter: The Idolatry Of Consumerism, Shayne Yano 2020 Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School

Divine Over Matter: The Idolatry Of Consumerism, Shayne Yano

Say Something Theological: The Student Journal of Theological Studies

Consumerism has evolved into a lifestyle in which people seek to find meaning in life through shopping and acquiring material possessions. Corporations like Apple use advertising to make buyers feel like they always need to have the latest and greatest in order to be happy, while websites like Amazon have made it possible to shop endlessly without even having to leave the couch. For many, these consumeristic habits have become commonplace, but there are potential dangers to this kind of lifestyle as it relates to a relationship with God. We are trained by clever marketing and advertisements to believe that ...


Christology Of M. Shawn Copeland: Exploring The Evolution Of Womanist Christology, Dana A. Dominguez 2020 Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School

Christology Of M. Shawn Copeland: Exploring The Evolution Of Womanist Christology, Dana A. Dominguez

Say Something Theological: The Student Journal of Theological Studies

This paper explores the evolution of womanist Christology through the work of M. Shawn Copeland. To begin, the paper outlines womanist theological thought from the beginning, looking at the origins of womanism and early theologians who contributed to the discussion. Discussion narrows in on the tri-dimensional reality that Black women face in society and Copeland’s expansion of the notion to identify additional oppressive systems in place other than classism, racism, and sexism. Copeland’s Queer Jesus asks,“who is Jesus to us today?” in the discussion of heterosexism. The author argues that what further pushes Copeland’s Christology past ...


A Christology From Below: The Scuffmark Christology Of Dolores Mission, Manuel Valencia 2020 Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School

A Christology From Below: The Scuffmark Christology Of Dolores Mission, Manuel Valencia

Say Something Theological: The Student Journal of Theological Studies

Dolores Mission Church, located in Boyle Heights, is arguably the poorest parish in Los Angeles, California; and yet paradoxically, it is one of the most generous in the Archdiocese. This paper examines Dolores Mission, the Jesuits who shepherd this parish, and its people who, through their lives and ministry, continue the story of Jesus. Ministry begins inside this humble church where every evening, volunteers set up cots and blankets for homeless men and women. Over the years, the tight rows of cots have scarred and scraped straight lines along the church walls. “These scuff marks are evidence of ministry,” says ...


The Reimagination Of Hagar In The Hebrew Bible And Islamic Scripture, Amanda Arguetta 2020 Loyola Marymount University

The Reimagination Of Hagar In The Hebrew Bible And Islamic Scripture, Amanda Arguetta

Say Something Theological: The Student Journal of Theological Studies

No abstract provided.


Daughter Zion And The Mississippi Delta, Jane J. Griesemer 2020 Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School

Daughter Zion And The Mississippi Delta, Jane J. Griesemer

Say Something Theological: The Student Journal of Theological Studies

In the Book of Lamentations, Jerusalem 587 BCE is personified as the suffering and persecuted Daughter Zion.1 The biblical Daughter Zion and the present-day Mississippi Delta are separated in time by 2,604 years and separated in distance by 7,000 miles. Despite the vast expanse of space and time between the two, interesting and noteworthy comparisons can be drawn. In this paper, I will show how contemporary afflictions and persecutions facing the Mississippi Delta can be poetically retrieved through a consideration of the afflictions and persecutions related to the fall of Jerusalem. The cry of both dramas tragically ...


The Chosen Ones Who Cry Out Day And Night: The Applicability Of Staurology To Woman Victims Of Violence, Rachel Knight 2020 Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School

The Chosen Ones Who Cry Out Day And Night: The Applicability Of Staurology To Woman Victims Of Violence, Rachel Knight

Say Something Theological: The Student Journal of Theological Studies

No small amount of feminist theological scholarship has been dedicated to questioning whether a male savior can save women. Some scholars have further asserted that the crucifixion is inherently tainted by its intrinsic theme of violence. This paper argues for the relevance of the cross to women victims of violence. There are many factors that point to the possibility of an inclusive theology of the cross that does not glamorize violence. These include but are not limited to Biblical accounts of the “many women” who walked in solidarity with the battered Christ; female disciples who mourned together after His murder ...


The Path Of Devotion: Religious Ecstasy In Hindu And Christian Mystics, Jessica Leu 2020 Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School

The Path Of Devotion: Religious Ecstasy In Hindu And Christian Mystics, Jessica Leu

Say Something Theological: The Student Journal of Theological Studies

What comes to mind when one hears the phrase, “Religious ecstasy”? Images of well-known Christian saints in states of bliss worthy of being artwork come to mind, especially in the West. However, this association of ecstasy with Sainthood specifically distances the lay person from the idea that they too can experience the Divine as these mystics once did. In Bhakti Yoga, a branch of practices within Hinduism, this same association that religious ecstasy is only a characteristic of mystics does not exist. Rather, states of documented religious rapture are not only strived for but believed to be universally accessible. In ...


From Goats To Gays: Dismantling Collective Practices Of Scapegoating, Stephanie Roy 2020 Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School

From Goats To Gays: Dismantling Collective Practices Of Scapegoating, Stephanie Roy

Say Something Theological: The Student Journal of Theological Studies

This work seeks to explore the contemporary and historical phenomena of scapegoating, as it is rooted in the scapegoat ritual of Leviticus XVI and operative in Christian faith communities and the Catholic Church today. I propose that in addition to exhibiting the Hebrew scapegoat ritual’s core components of selection, degradation, and alienation of the victim, the scapegoating practices employed by many Christians throughout the Common Era serve as a continuation of this ancestral tradition, displaying the same degree of calculated orchestration, need for cyclical repetition, and shared goal of revitalization and renewal for the community. Utilizing a historical-critical methodology ...


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