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Corruption in the Roman Catholic Church During the Middle Ages : A well-written 8 page paper detailing the political corruptions of the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages as well as some of its causes and effects. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Chriscor.wps

The "Holy Church of Rome" - High Middle Ages Thru The 17th Century : A 5 page paper relating to questions surrounding the development and attitudes of the Christian church in the evermore sophisticated world. No bibliography. Jesush.wps

Venerabilem Fratrem Nostrum : A 12 page paper discussing the papal bull, or letter, written by Pope Innocent III in the year 1202. A section discussing the life and times of Pope Innocent III is discussed. This is followed by a section which thoroughly discusses and illustrates the letter itself and the situation in which the letter revolved around. The paper finishes with a discussion about the influences and effects the letter has had on the Catholic church as well as the rest of the world. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Papalb.wps

The Inquisition As A Response To Heresy : A 4 page research paper which explores the way the Church regarded heresy, and the formation of the Inquisition as a response to this problem. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Hersyinq.wps

Medieval Monasticism : A 3 page essay examining the role of monasteries in the Middle Ages, and using Monte Cassino, founded by St. Benedictine, as the standard against which others are compared. One cited reference. Monast.wps

Monks in Medieval France / Vows Of Chastity ? : 6 pages in length. Medieval monks.. did they adhere to their vows of chastity, poverty, obedience, and sometimes silence? Research suggests not. Evidence points to excesses in physical pleasures, especially in the realms of sex and food. The sometimes perverted sexual habits of some of the monks has been passed down through anecdotal records. Bibliography included. Monks.wps

John Winthrop & The Puritan Dilemma : A 6 page essay analyzing Edmund Morgan’s story of John Winthrop and the dilemma of the Puritans. Discussions include, reasons Winthrop left England, the numerous dilemmas contained in the tenets of Puritanism, and the success of the Puritans in establishing a new colony. No additional sources cited. Purdil.wps

Galileo's Letter to the Dutchess : 5 page analytical review of an infamous letter from Galileo to the Dutchess in his own defense (many accused him of disrespecting principles set forth in the bible). Please send e-mail to request more information. No Bibliography. Galileo.wps

"Roman Catholicism, A New Improved Religion ?" : A 9 page paper dealing with changes that have occurred in the Roman Catholic Church in the decades & years leading upto 1996; Writer argues that Vatican changes after 1962 have had a detrimental reforming impact. Bibliography lists 9 sources. Cathchur.wps

Roman Catholic Church / Declining Membership? : This 8 page essay investigates possible reasons for the declining attendance at Catholic Masses. Reports from leading sociologists and well as practicing Catholics are offered. Comparisons are also made between previous generations and today's membership in the Church. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Romanc.wps

Religion Inc / Mixing God With Business : A 5 page essay examining how religion has become a money machine and much more like business than a spiritual community. Fund raising practices are examined as well as the government and religion connection. This essay examines Christian Churches, The Nation of Islam, Church of Scientology and The Unification Church. Bibliography lists 7 sources. religinc.wps

Sociology's Approach To Understanding The Nature & Character Of Religion :
3 pages. The connection between sociology and religion is unmistakable; without question, these two elements of existence are distinctly intertwined within the framework of every global society. Indeed, without religious inclusion, which is truly a key component to contemporary living, the world as it is today would cease to exist. Sociology's approach to understanding the nature and character of religion begins as far back as the Stone Age and reaches as far forward as the Space Age, for there is not a single episode of life that has occurred without the presence of religion. The writer discusses these concepts as they are effectively addressed in Joel M. Charon's "The Meaning of Sociology: A Reader." No additional sources cited. Natchar.wps

The Catholic Church / Sex & Marriage : In this 5 page paper the author discusses whether it is wrong to have sex outside the sanctity of marriage? The Catholic Church says most definitely, but in today's more liberal society, this notion might not be as widely accepted as in the past. The writer talks about how sex, marriage and chastity still hold firm within the religion. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Cathsex.wps

Abortion : The controversial issue is explored in this 6 page paper. Three countries, Japan, Italy and the United States are considered along with three religions of Buddhism, Catholicism and Protestantism. The thesis maintains that the influence of religion concerning abortion exists throughout the world among various religions and has served to ironically increase abortion by neglecting proper sex education. Infanticide as a new disturbing trend is also noted. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Abrtn.wps

Restoration Of The Sistine Chapel : A 5 page paper discussing the restoration of the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel and the various sides taken in the controversy surrounding whether they were improved or destroyed by the work done. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Sistine.wps

New Republic’ Article Review / Rauch’s "For Better Or Worse" : A 5 page paper that provides an overview of premises in a New Republic article suggesting the Christian arguments against Rauch's perspective. Rauch essentially provides arguments in regards to marriage and the efficacy of both homosexual and heterosexual unions. Bibliography lists no additional sources. Better.wps

Catholicism & Modern Society : A 6 page paper that provides a substantive overview of the common arguments in modern Catholicism today and considers their implication for the progression of the church. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Modcath.wps

Catholic Hospitals / Issues In Medical Ethics : An 8 page paper that discusses the major ethical and moral dilemmas that are faced by many Catholic hospitals. By presenting information in regards to the Catholic hospitals positions on abortion and euthanasia and relating their process to major moral theories, it is possible to understand the complexity of issues within these structures. Bibliography lists 11 sources. Cathomed.wps

Leveraged Buyouts & Junk Bonds From A Prudent Christian View : A 10 page paper that provides an overview of leveraged buyouts, junk bonds, appropriate risk, current economic trends and concludes by providing a prudent Christian view on the transition of economic conditions. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Levbuy.wps

Pope John Paul II’s Political Influence In Eastern Europe : A 15 page paper looking at John Paul’s entire papacy, but focusing on his role in the fall of communism in Eastern Europe. There is an old saying among Christians admonishing them not to be so heavenly-minded that they’re no earthly good. Pope John Paul lives the exhortation, and without risk of failing to be of any "earthly good." To say that Pope John Paul II was "instrumental" in the fall of communism in Eastern Europe is far more than simple understatement. Though the US was involved at the level of Ronald Reagan and William Casey, it was John Paul II who determined which course of action would be taken in Poland when there was disagreement over the best ways to support Solidarity while it was illegal. A committed anticommunist, John Paul caused the entire Catholic community to be supportive of the work of Solidarity in Poland. Bibliography lists 10 sources. Johnpaul.wps

Pope John Paul II / His Influence : An 8 page paper discussing the many involvements of Pope John Paul II. This pope is perhaps one of the most influential, from a global perspective, popes of all time. The main focus of the paper deals with the influence this pope has had upon the world, religion, and the individual people who are directly effected by the pope’s actions. Bibliography lists 9 sources. Pjohnp.wps

Nigeria / One Example of the Influence of Christian Imperialism In Sub-Saharan Africa : A 5 page paper discussing the Christianization that occurred in Nigeria between the 1880s and the 1930s. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Nigeria.wps

Mario Cuomo / An Example of Public Morality & Private Conscience : 8 pages in length. Largely a political/religious discussion, the writer examines NY Governor Cuomo's address to the Catholic Bishops at Notre Dame University (took place in September of 1994). The governor's focus had been upon the issues of abortion and how it relates to both church and state-- with specific regard to the fact that he, himself, is a Catholic. It was stated by Cuomo, that the problem of abortion was simple: It was a private-Catholic/public-pluralist position. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Cuomo.wps

The Nation of Islam & The U.S.A. : 7 pages in length. A comprehensive overview of the Nation of Islam, its history, background, purpose, and fundamental doctrines as set forth by the beliefs of men like Clarence 13X and later carried on by Elijah Muhammad and others. The writer briefly covers the Nation of Islam's development and analyzes its role in contemporary America. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Islamtes.wps

Anglican Episcopacy / Should It Change? : A 5 page examination of the function of the Episcopacy of the Anglican Church. Addresses the question of whether or not the Episcopacy is in need of a change. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Episcopa.wps

The Episcopacy / Is It Necessary? : A 5 page research paper which examines this intriguing questions. The writer demonstrates how the episcopacy is generally regarded as an intrinsic part of the church, and thus, will remain so, but that many Catholics, including some bishops, believe that episcopal reform is necessary for the continued welfare of the church. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Epinecc.doc

The Provincial Alignment Dilemema of the Anglican Church in Bermuda : A 20 page research paper which examines which association would be most beneficial to the Anglican Church in Bermuda-alignment with the Anglican Church in the United States, Canada or the West Indies. In discussing this issue, the writer looks at the historical and cultural associations that the island of Bermuda has with each of these three geographical areas. Bibliography contains 12 sources. Provali.wps

The Irish Republican Army & Their Theology : A 10 page analysis of the religious underpinnings behind the IRA and its battle against oppression. The paper posits that while the political question is strong, the IRA cannot relieve itself from the religious constructs of its movement by testimony of its own members and historical facts. The question is explored from the doctrine of St. Thomas Aquinas and in the context of the 1970s and 1980s IRA movement. Bibliography lists 11 sources. Irishwar.doc

Poverty Theories & The Church / Economic Justice For All ? : A 4 page look at how the Church has criticized the government for putting politics before the welfare of children and their families. The involvement of specific religious leaders, the role of charity & justice, and the importance of taking a stronger stance on social reform are discussed. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Povebibl.wps

Women in Religion : This 11 page paper explores the obstacles women faced in the Christian church during the nineteenth century and similar problems they live with in America today. Bibliography lists 11 sources. Womenrel.wps

Women In The Protestant Religion / 1900-1940 : A 5 page paper discussing women and how their image changed within the Protestant church in the early part of the twentieth century according to the article "From sainthood to submission" by Marty Nesselbush Green. Women were once revered as holy and pure individuals. They were deemed more spiritual than men. Then changes occurred and the women became nothing more than housewives. Women are still fighting the results of those changes. Protest8.wps

Ordination of Women : An 11 page research paper exploring the various arguments for and against the ordination of women. The writer reviews the issue in terms of canonical, political and spiritual arguments, and explores these arguments on historical, present and future terms. The writer focuses on various opinions including feminist, orthodox Roman Catholic, Episcopal, and others. Bibliography lists 10 sources. Womnord.wps

Women As Priests ? : A 7 page paper on the controversial issue of womens' ordination. The writer is particularly concerned with the impact that mid-1990's statement made by Pope John Paul II had on the topic ("I declare that the church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the church's faithful"). The discussion continues with the views of other clergy, disparate opinions from different sects of the religion, and so forth. It is concluded that if there is truly some religious reason for barring women from the priesthood, it has not been effectively articulated as of yet and thus, women should be ordained--even though this will not be widely-accepted anytime soon. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Prieswom.wps

Church Leaders Lack Adequate Training : 5 pages in length. Church leaders are often the first place parishioners go to seek help in a crisis. However, a poorly trained clergyman can do more damage than good if the guidance offered stems from ignorance or lack of knowledge. The writer discusses how comprehensive training is crucial in order for church leaders to properly assist their parish, as well as addresses how that training may be approached. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Chrchldr.wps

The Renaissance & Catholic Reform : This 7 page paper discusses the how the European Renaissance was responsible for the Protestantism of Calvinism and Lutheranism and reform within the Catholic Church. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Renreli.wps

Magnificent Church Buildings Are Not About Materialism : This 7 page paper discusses the premise that modern Christians build large and beautiful churches as a reflection of their own materialism. The writer ultimately argues that such is not the case. Bibliography lists 12 sources. Churchb.wps

Conducting "Business by the Book" : A 5 page paper discussing the superiority of Christian ethics and values in operation of daily business over that of either pure Jewish or Platonic principles. The Christian view is one that holds forgiveness in higher esteem either than Jewish or Platonic tradition, and is one that is more flexible than Jewish law or Plato’s lengthy and sometimes circuitous rhetoric. Today’s business is too fast-moving and straightforward to make full use of either historical law or extensive rhetoric. Christianity’s emphasis on personal responsibility without condemnation of others and exhortation to coexist in peace with others also is a requirement of successful business today Bibliography lists 3 sources. Bookbib.wps

How Religions Make Countries The Way They Are : In a 5 page essay, the author discusses the topics of Buddhism in China, Judaism in Israel and Christianity in America. Comparisons of the different religions and the countries are made. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Religion.doc

Religious Freedom Restoration Act : The 1996-1997 US Supreme Court produced a number of important rulings, including the constitutionality of the Brady gun law and issues like doctor assisted suicide. But the Court's decision to strike down the Religious Freedom Restoration Act on June 25, 1997, was perhaps one of the most controversial rulings. This 16 page research paper provides an overview of the Supreme Court ruling that overturned the RFRA. Bibliography lists 12 sources. Relfree.doc

Religion And Slavery : An 8 page paper rationalizing the existence of slavery through religion. In Antebellum times here in America, slavery was justified through religion in many ways. Even African American spokesmen often claimed that God sent slavery to the African American in order to teach them about suffering and truth. The white man used religion as an excuse mainly in the context that the African American was no more than an animal and as such was entrusted to them so that the they might teach the African American about religion and the path of righteousness. This is not to say that this reality was righteous, for it was not, but it was the excuse many used for the mistreatment and the enslavement of the African American. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Slavargu.wps

Culture of Disbelief / Book Review : A 6 page essay summarizing and analyzing Stephen L. Carter's "Culture of Disbelief" -- a book suggesting that American legislation and jurisprudence for the last generation have been trying hard to exclude from public affairs any religious voice whatsoever. Excellent reading for those studying various constitutional issues and freedom of religion. Full citation for the book provided. Cultureo.wps

Wayne Swanson's "The Christ Child Goes to Court" : A 5 page paper that considers the arguments of the Supreme Court in the case of Lynch v. Donnelly as represented in Swanson's book. No additional sources cited. Christch.doc

Book Review / The Establishment Clause : A 5 page comprehensive analysis of Leonard Levy's (1986) "The Establishment Clause: Religion and the First Amendment." It is pointed out that only in the middle decades of the 20th century have the religious clauses of the U.S. Constitution been so extensively interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court as the basis for a religiously pluralistic society. The writer then goes into a thorough explication of issues explored by Levy and posits that Congress often acts beyond its inherent Constitutional boundaries. Estabcla.wps religion politics, law const,

Book Review / The Establishment Clause : Similar to Estabcla.wps (above)- this 5 page report discusses Leonard Levy's book, "The Establishment Clause: Religion and the First Amendment" which traces the sources of disestablishment since the colonial experience. Levy concludes that, Congress in writing the religious freedom clause, took the broad view, flatly prohibiting government support to religion in general - i.e. to all denominations, without discrimination. Full citation for book provided in bibliography. Estabcl2.wps

Abnormal Psychology & Religion / Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder : A 10 page research essay that discusses the relationship between obsessive-compulsive disorder and obsessive religious practices. Specifically, the writer promotes the evidence regarding the neurotic obsessiveness of those who join cults and supports the premise with studies. Bibliography lists 10 sources. Abpsyrel.wps

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder : A 10 page paper reviewing journal articles discussing the disorder. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has been thought to be rare until only recently, but it is estimated to hold at least 2 million hostages. Characterized by obsessive thoughts that drive the compulsion to act in a self-prescribed manner, the manifestations of the disorder are collectively seen as bizarre behavior. Drug therapy has been found to aid in overall therapy efforts and is most effective when combined with behavior therapy. OCD involves the basal ganglia that are also connected with other movement disorders, and it has been found to be genetically linked to Tourette’s syndrome. Bibliography lists 11 sources. Obscomp.wps

Physics & Religion : A 5 page overview of the science of physics and its relation to religion. Addresses the question of whether or not physics is "real" and its limitations. Emphasizes the works of Pythagoras who weaves an interesting blend of religion and the sciences. Bibliography lists 12 sources. Physrel.wps

Integration Of Psychology And Theology : A 10 page research essay discussing the how and why psychology and theology, or religion, should be integrated. Beginning with some statements and citations about the integration of science and religion, or theology, and moving into specific examples of the integration of religion and psychology, the writer offers evidence from the literature to support the premise these two should be integrated. Bibliography lists 10 sources. Psytheo.wps

The Ethical Significance Of Human Dignity In Veritatis Splendor, Judaism And Confucius As Compared With The United Nations Declaration On Human Rights : 5 pages in length. As 1998 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations, there is significant question as to whether or not the written manifesto addresses the issue of human dignity as well as it was meant to do. Comparing the ethical significance of such with Veritatis Splendor, Judaism and Confucius, one can easily conclude that there are considerable alterations in the overall application of its importance. The writer discusses how the Declaration, while offering great promise at its conception and even delivering some of what was pledged, has failed quite miserably in recognizing the ethical significance of human dignity throughout the world when compared with Judaism, Confucius and Veritatis Splendor. Bibliography lists 5 sources. TLCEthSg.wps

War / The Insanity of Religious Dogma : A 9 page research paper on the effects of religious beliefs on the human mind. The writer posits that religious dogma leads to war, based on the conception of being "chosen." This human concept is drawn on the ideal that any single group within the human collection of "God’s children" is better than another. In fact, this only gives the warmongers an excuse to destroy humanity. Bibliography lists 16 sources. Relwar.wps

Abraham / As Viewed by Christians, Jews and Muslims : A 6 page paper that discusses Abraham as viewed by Christians, Jews and Muslims. This paper provides supporting evidence that any world conflict cannot be blamed on the division/separation of Abraham from his sons Isaac and Ishmael, and that Abraham was a "wise man" that kept the "word of God." Bibliography lists 6 sources. Abrahams.wps

Ezra / Character In The Old Testament : A 5 page essay exploring the life and accomplishments of Ezra, a scribe and priest from the Old Testament. Credited with saving the Jews from disintegration, Ezra was a devout, prayerful man who journeyed from Babylonia to Jerusalem to establish and implement the law of Moses. Bibliography includes 6 references. Ezra.wps

Mary Baker Eddy / Founder of the Christian Science Church : A 7 page research essay on the life and influence of Mary Baker Eddy who founded the Christian Science Church in 1866. Areas looked at include: the world around her, the reasons she established the church, the impact she had on the world. Bibliography includes 8 references. Marybake.wps

Pope Gregory I / The Great : A 10 page paper discussing Medieval Europe. Examination of this particular period of time is limited to the letters of Pope Gregory I who was incredibly active towards the call of Christianity within the boundaries of England. These letters were obtained from the book Ecclesiastical History of England by the Venerable Bede. Bibliography lists 5 sources. pgregory.wps

Pope Gregory VII : An 10 page paper on Pope Gregory VII (papacy 1073-1084). This paper presents a history of his political dealings and philosophies under the precept of his visions which are: that the church should control the government and that an army of Christian Knights should go forth and ensure, at whatever cost, the conversion of all humanity to Catholicism. He did not instigate the Crusades in his time, but he fathered the idea and it was carried out beginning ten years after his death. The paper presents in detail his political dealings with King Henry IV under his precept that the church should rule over kings and lords. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Gregory.wps

Pope Leo XIII : Written as if Pope Leo XIII is telling his own story, this 5 page paper provides a brief biography of the pope as a person and how he influenced the course of Roman Catholic church history. Bibliography lists three sources.Popeleo.wps

St. Augustine/Life & Works : 7 pages in length. This essay analyzes St. Augustine's life and contribution to Western Culture & Religion. The writer views St. Augustine as a driving force in the unification of Christianity. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Augustn2.wps

St. Augustine’s "The City of God" : 5 pages in length. St. Augustine describes how each city begins and what those who belong to each city will find on the last judgment day. The text is primarily the history of mankind, with generous quotations taken from the Bible. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Citygod.wps

St. Augustine’s Confessions : A 5 page paper discussing "Confessions" by St. Augustine. He was a great figure in the past who illustrated, through "Confessions," that his life had not always followed one path, other than the path to seek truth. His ideas concerning the material, physical, natural world, as well as his beliefs surrounding Neoplatonic and Christianity are discussed. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Augconf.wps

St. Augustine, Descartes, and Galileo / Comparing Views on Religion & Science : This 5 page report discusses how three of the pre-eminent thinkers of the past 1,500 years viewed the relationship between religion and science. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Augdegal.wps

"The Golden Ass" & St. Augustine’s "Confessions" / Studies in Transformation : A 6 page paper comparing the conversion experiences of Lucius, the main character of Apuleius’ Golden Ass, with St. Augustine. The writer examines Book 8 of the Confessions alongside Book 11 of the Golden Ass, and finds points of correspondence between each. No additional sources cited. Goldenas.wps

St. Augustine and Aquinas / A Comparison : An 8 page research essay that compares and contrasts the similarities and differences between these two great theologians of the Christian church. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Augaqu.wps

St. Augustine & Aquinas / Philosophical Views on the Problem of Evil and Man’s Separation from Goodness : This 10 page paper considers the religious and philosophical arguments that have existed regarding the nature of evil and man’s propensity for it in the natural world. This paper begins with a presentation of the Christian view of good and evil that stems from the Book of Genesis, and then relates this notion of evil to the arguments presented by theologians and philosophers St. Augustine and Thomas Aquinas. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Goodsep.wps

Saint Gregory of Nyssa : This 7 page paper explores this historical figure's life as well as his contributions to theology. St. Gregory believed that stability is perfection and that alteration is not good; thus it was inevitable that humankind "fell" from perfection and needed to return to a static state of existence that they so admired.Bibliography lists 8 sources. Nyssa.wps

Luther and Erasmus on Sin and Salvation: A 5 page research paper on two great figures of the Reformation and their religious views. The writer details theories of the sacraments and whether faith or works were primary to salvation. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Erasmus.wps

Ulrich Zwingli : A 7 page paper on Ulrich Zwingli and the Reformation of the catholic religion. The paper is basically a life and times work on Zwingli, but details his involvement in the Reformation and his thoughts and disputes with Martin Luther. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Ulrichz.wps

The Virtue of Thomas More as Depicted in "A Man For All Seasons" : A 2 page essay on Bolt's "A Man For All Seasons" -- in which the writer marvels at Thomas More's displays of integrity. The conclusion is made that based upon actions depicted in this infamous work, it can indeed be said that More was a characteristically righteous man. No Bibliography. Moreman.wps

The Virtue of Thomas More as Depicted in "Man For All Seasons" # 2 : 3 pages on Sir Thomas More's depiction in "A Man For All Seasons." Some of the primary concerns of this essay deal with More's predicament and moral dilemma. It is argued that he was indeed a man of great virtue who -- under the circumstances -- preserved his integrity. No Bibliography. Moreman2.wps

Noah Was A Righteous Man : A 4 page essay arguing that Noah was indeed a righteous man. Citations from the Torah and the Holy Bible are offered as support. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Noah.wps

Flavius Josephus : A 5 page paper discussing the life of Flavius Josephus. He was born during a time of great change that was to change, and influence, world history. He wrote a book detailing the war he witnessed and also a book which described the Jewish people and their history leading up to the war that was to see the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. His works provide an invaluable look into history. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Flavjos.wps

The Life & Thought of John Duns Scotus : This 10 page (one page is full outline) report discusses the 13th century theologian and philosopher Duns Scotus who was the founder of a school of Scholasticism known as Scotism. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Scotus.wps

Thomas A Becket : 5 pages in length. Just as fascinating as the mystery that surrounds his murder is the whereabouts of Thomas A Becket's bones. The English saint's death was considered so dramatic that its historical value has withheld the test of time, as well as inspired countless poems, novels, plays and films. Unraveling the mystery around Becket's death is a quest that has been ongoing since the very time of his demise; such intensity has come full circle in that researchers and historians alike are still at a loss as to the ultimate resting place of the dead man's bones. The writer discusses the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Thomas A Becket's bones. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Tbecket.wps

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Astrology :A 10 page overview of Astrology; i.e., its history, purpose(s), principles, and criticisms. Bibliography lists 9 sources. Astrolo2.wps

Astrology & The First Amendment : Approximately 50 analytical and opinionated pages that attempt to respond to the title question : "Astrology, Psychics, Superstition, Cults in America : Symptoms of a malfunctioning First Amendment?" No bibliography. Astrlogy.wps

Cosmology : 5 pages in length. The concept of human beings understanding everything about their universe is preposterous and arrogant. We truly do not have any idea what has transpired, is occurring or will happen within the cosmos, even with the aid of scientific data. There are just some things that cannot be obtained merely for the asking. The writer delves into the deeper meaning behind the universe and discusses why mortals are not likely to be the ones who find out the secrets of the cosmos. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Cosmolgy.wps

Mormons in Utah : This 5 page report discusses the sociological and anthropological aspects of a group (Mormons) and the their rituals, beliefs, and ideas that are associated with a particular region of the United States (Utah). Their characteristics as a collective, as well as their customary way of life are briefly examined. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Mormon.wps

Adventism & Swedenborgianism : A 6 page paper comparing and contrasting the two forms of thought in terms of religious application. Brief histories of each religion are included within the text. Swedenborgianism is based on ideas which focus on nature as the manifestation of God. In Adventism it appears as though White is the prophet who often contradicts herself and changes, or adds to, the teachings of the Bible. While some portions of the religions are similar, essentially they are far removed from one another. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Advswed.wps

Celtic Paganism & The Progression Of Culture Towards Christianity : A 5 page paper that provides an overview of the movement in Celtic literature from paganism to Christianity and the way in which the Celts supported their traditions within the emerging culture. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Celticp.wps

Celtic Druid Priests: Rituals and Ritual Sites - An 18 page comprehensive paper on Druids. In the course of the paper, the writer details Druid ritualistic practices and religious beliefs (including Stonehenge), Druid philosophy, and Druid history & mythology, and then goes on to describe the available sources of information on Druid priests. Druids2.wps

Ancient Grecian Temple Priests : A 6 page essay examining the roles of the priest in the religion of ancient Greece. The Grecians had a god for every occurrence of nature and for every condition or abstract thought, and they were responsible for duly worshipping each in order to avoid the wrath of any god or goddess that might feel slighted. Consulting with a god meant consulting with the oracle ensconced in the most important holy places; the priest associated with the particular site was to interpret the sayings of the oracle, translating them into a language that the more common types could understand. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Grecian.wps

Greek Religious Practices / Hellenic vs. Hellenistic Era : Is a 5 page paper contrasting early Greek Olympian religious practices which could be called Hellenic, themselves a result of combining a variety of cultures settling the Greek region, and including the later rise of mystery cults and a variety of philosophies, with the diaspora of Greek culture during the Hellenistic imperial era after Alexander the Great’s conquests. The analysis stresses the many cross-cultural influences during both eras. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Greek Relig.wps

The Essenes Analyzed : This 5 page research paper examines the all-male Jewish communal group known as the Essenes. Specifically considered are the Essene ideas and the more extreme group which emerged from them at the Dead Sea, referring to the Dead Sea scrolls, including the book of Enoch, and how the Qumran group envisioned the end of history, and the role they played in it, if any. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Essenes.wps

The Amish : A 12 page overview of the Amish, their culture and the factors which are changing that culture. Gives a brief historical account of the Amish and provides considerable information regarding the effects of their increased interaction with non-Amish and the factors which have caused that increase. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Amishcul.wps

Marduk : A 6 page paper explaining the origin of the Babylonian god, Marduk. It traces the history of Marduk, decribes his position as supreme god, cites references to him in the Book of Daniel, and compares the Babylonian creation story to that of the Biblical story of creation. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Marduk.wps

Marduk & Yahweh : A 6 page paper comparing Marduk and Yahweh. Explains the origin of Marduk, his worship, and compares and contrasts Marduk to Yahweh. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Mayahweh.wps

The Nuer Religion & Its Views Of Nature : A 10 page paper discussing the Nuer religion in Africa and its views regarding nature, as well as the foundation for those beliefs. There are currently close to one million Nuer living in the Sudan and Ethiopia. Bibliography lists six sources. Relnuer.wps

Cults & The Rationale Behind Mass Suicides : A 6 page paper discussing several "suicide cults,"including Heaven’s Gate, The People’s Temple, The Branch Davidians, and the Canadian Solar Temple. The writer explains why people join these cults, and argues that although these groups are definitely an aberration of our times, there is little that can be done, at least in the United States, because freedom of religion is guaranteed under the Constitution. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Cults.wps

Suicide & Religion : The correlation between these two variables is outlined in this 10 page research proposal. After a review of sociological literature, a study is designed which includes the derivation of relevant statistical data as well as questionnaire distribution. Ten sample questions are included as well as an explanation of the methodology employed. Variables are described in detail. Bibliography lists 14 sources. Relsuic.wps

Dangerous Cults In The United States : This 14 page paper answers the question as to whether or not dangerous cults should be legal in the United States. The answer is not surprisingly complex as the question involves many issues, most predominately Constitutional freedoms. Groups such as Heaven's Gate, EST, Santeria, the Ku Kux Klan and the Right to Life movement are just some of the groups discussed. Satanic song lyrics are also addressed as part of the issue. The paper concludes that while truly dangerous cults should be outlawed, this should be done very carefully as not to infringe on first amendment rights. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Cults.wps

UFO Cults : A 5 page paper discussing UFO cults and their doctrine of suicide, how they lure people into their organizations and how to avoid being taken in by these groups.. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Ufocult.wps

Christianity & Vampires : A 5 page paper investigating whether there is any connection between vampirism and Christianity. Vampire census-takers have identified several hundred individuals around the world who claim to be physical (but not spiritual) vampires. That there is paranormal activity in the world there is no doubt. God has promised it, and the Bible describes some of it. But even with all the evidence of the paranormal and of the occult, plus the Bible's confirmation that it will indeed occur, there is no evidence that any comparison between vampirism and Christianity needs even to be made. The idea of the "living dead" is inconsistent with the most basic teachings of the Bible, and there are far more other, real occurrences of the paranormal that are not. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Chrivamp.wps

Religion and "Magic" : A 6 page paper that considers the magico-religious elements of a number of primal religions and compares them practices in Catholicism. This paper utilizes information presented by Kenneth Kuykendal and others to demonstrate the importance of magic and ritual in religion. Magicrel.wps

Islamic Alchemy : A 10 page research paper on the this early form of chemistry plus the mystical implications it held for its adherents as well as its influence on Western culture. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Alchemy.wps

Rastafarianism : An 8 page paper on the religion, philosophy, and culture started by Marcus Garvey. This paper mainly deals with the history, the background, and the religious beliefs of this predominantly black religion. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Rastas.wps

The Seventh Generation - The Religion Of The Native American : A 6 page paper discussing important concepts in Indian spirituality. The writer features quotes from a number of Native Americans and reliable sources. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Indian1.wps

Navajo and Hopi : A 7 page research paper describing the world and religious views of each tribe and their impact on arts.The writer describes how certain worldviews of each tribe contribute to the art forms including sandpaintings of the Navajo and kachina dolls of the Hopi. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Hopinava.wps

Nostradamus / Life & Works : A 3 page look at the life of Michel de Nostradamus, the "man who saw tomorrow," his work in saving victims of the Plague, his oath of secrecy, and some of the true predictions he is believed to have made about our own present and future. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Nostrada.wps

The Jesuits : In 8 pages the author discusses the Society of Jesus, which is also known as The Jesuits. Through it preachings, teachings, etc., the Jesuits have held a major impact on the Catholic reformation, even though the papacy (bishops, etc) thought the society was a major danger to the faith and was destined to cause havoc rather than edification, etc. Without the Jesuits, the church might not be where it is today. Bibliography lists 10 sources. Socojes.wps

Jesuits in Canada : An 8 page study of the works of Jesuit priests in Canada 1608-1773. The writer posits that the historical evidence refutes the theory that Jesuits led to disintegration of faith in Catholicism and proves this argument through a discussion of the political conflicts of the period and evangelical role played by the Jesuits. Bibliography cites 6 sources. Canjesu.wps

African Tribal Culture / Rites Of Passage : This 12 page paper focuses upon a number of African rites of passage as they pertains to young men. The Bushmen, Toma, Gisu, Makonde and Masai tribes are among those highlighted. Bibliography lists 17 sources. Rites.wps

African Marriage Customs : A 5 page research paper that explores different customs in practice. Lobola, bridewealth and customary laws are discussed and specific examples given from the Turkana people. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Afrmcust.wps

Birth Twins & Synbolism In African Religion / The Dogon : A 6 page paper that provides an overview of twins in African religion and ritual, with a focus on both symbolic and birth twins in Dogon tribes. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Afrtwins.wps

Dogon Religion : A 10 page paper discussing how the Dogon of Mali, Africa, view the origin of the world and how it is connected with astronomy. Bibliography lists 9 sources. Dogonrel.wps

The Dogon Religion & Animals : A 10 page research paper which explores the animistic aspect of religious belief in this primitive African culture. The writer discusses the role that animals play in Dogon rituals which predict the future, and also gives a possible explanation for the mystery surrounding the impressive knowledge of this primitive tribe regarding the star cluster which makes up the "dog star," Sirius A and B. Bibliography lists 9 sources. Dogon.doc

Santeria & Voodoo : 13 page-long elaborate discussion of religion in Africa. Divided into sections, key focuses are on : Animism (the religious belief that everything on Earth is imbued with a powerful spirit, capable of helping or harming human needs), Voodoo, and the Santeria Religion. Many issues, ideas, and subtopics are explored. Bibliography lists 9 sources. Africrel.wps

Thematic Considerations On Witchcraft : 25 pages in length. An in-depth analysis of the occult, witchcraft's themes and practices including the "evil eye" etc.; The writer examines witch craft's history, various theological perspectives, the concept of salvation, the possibility of Hell, cults, and much more. Bibliography lists approximately 20 sources. Witchthe.wps

Women & Christian Witch Hunts During The Reformation : During the Reformation era, persecution of women whom the Catholic Church perceived to be "witches" was at an all-time high. This 12 page paper examines sociopolitical issues from that time as well as specific theological views on witchery and witchcraft. It is argued that fear and ignorance towards women (i.e., "the transformation of the witch from wanton woman to bad wife") led to much of the scare and confusion. A final section also compares the persecution of women as witches during the Reformation with that of Jewish people during the same period. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Witchcra.wps

Joseph Campbell & Michael J. Harner / Ritual Compared : A 5 page paper comparing and contrasting the ideas of these two theorists about the function and importance of ritual. Joseph Campbell was a well-known writer in the areas of mythology and ritual, and frequently drew analogies between established religious practices and long-forerunning mythological beliefs. He maintained that ritual was an important part of any religious practice as a way of setting the practice apart from daily routine, working to keep it within the realm of something outside, yet part of, the individual. Michael Harner teaches shamanism to Westerners for incorporation into holistic healing practices. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Ritual.wps

Why People Believe In Magic : A 10 page research paper which examines magical belief systems from an anthropological standpoint. The writer discusses the prevailing theories in this regard and demonstrates how magical beliefs perform certain concrete functions within the societies where this is prevalent. Bibliography lists 9 sources. Whypeop.wps

Role Playing Games Do Not Lead to Satan Worship & Murder! : A 6 page paper discussing role-playing fantasy games that have been blamed for deviant, violent, and criminal behaviors. The goal of the writer is to demonstrate the foolishness of such claims and assure readers that "RPG"s do not lead to Satan-worship or murder! Bibliography lists 7 sources. Roleplay.wps

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