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  1. A person cannot be a christian if they do not attend church. Would a Christian agree or disagree?

    The church can also be seen by some as the house of God and a holy sanctuary and Christians believe that God always present. Regular attendance in Church is very important as Christians believe that The Church is not the building itself but the actual. A Christian may agree with this statement because it states in the bible that a Christians shouldn't be in isolation but together as a community. In Hebrew 10:25 it states 'Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another'.

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  2. Free essay

    the importance of the bible and church

    You must not be envious of your neighbour's goods. You shall not be envious of his house nor his wife, nor anything that belongs to your neighbour. The Ten commandments express moral duties in a minimal and most general form, thus allowing maximum freedom in the arrangement of one's life's affairs. They are aimed at setting those boundaries which, when transpassed, can damage family and community life. Our Lord Jesus Christ in His sermons often referred to the Ten commandments and explained their deep spiritual meaning.

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    Methodist churches often have smaller altars than other denominations. The lectern is where the word of God is spoken and it can be in the shape of an eagle which symbolises the spreading of God's words. Orthodox churches are often built in the shape of a cross which represents the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. The large dome on the top of the church symbolises Christ's presence, eternity and the nearness of heaven. Inside, orthodox churches are often richly decorated with carvings that represent the life of Christ.

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  4. A place of Muslim worship

    The majority of the people disagree with the statement as they use a Hadeeth where the Prophet (pbuh) said that if it wasn't for the women and children in the homes, he would burn the houses of the men who didn't attend the mosque, to support their argument. Although this Hadeeth holds great importance, it does not say that it is compulsory to attend the mosque for the five daily prayers. What is compulsory is the actual praying and that can be done anywhere. However, some people say that this Hadeeth indicates that it is compulsory on the men to pray in the mosque.

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  5. The role and function of a Mosque

    Mosques have evolved from simple places of worship to places of knowledge while demonstrating the beautiful Islamic architectural masterpieces displaying the use of minarets and domes etc. in various different patterns. Mosques are used for many things. For example, they are used for centres of learning ranging from 5 year olds to 40 year olds who are there for the same purpose- to derive knowledge. There are even the odd classes for older women like sewing classes. The reason for these classes is to educate the non-Muslim and Muslim Ummah to grow and become better people.

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  6. What someone might find in a Christian Holy building

    There are many different types of Cross which the different churches use. Another object which can be found in all churches is a Font; in Church of England churches this is next to the entrance to represent the beginning of life. However each different type of church often has some things that are unique to that denomination. For example Church of England (CofE) and Roman Catholic churches are very similar and each of their churches are built in a Cruciform shape, with the top facing east, so that the sun always shines through the windows in morning services.

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    A02 RE Coursework - Churches

    They are used during lent in the special service called stations. The encyclopedia of Catholicism says of the Stations of the Cross, "its origins are ultimately traceable to pilgrims visiting various sites in Jerusalem associated with Christ's suffering and death". Statues and stained glass windows are usually arranged around the sides or in the chapels of the church. Their purpose is to remind worshippers of the important events in the life of Jesus, the church and the saints. They can be used in worship, for example the may procession with Mary's statue, or on saints feast days when theirs are used.

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    A01 RE coursework-Churches

    The next feature I saw was a statue of St. Edward the confessor. It was situated in the chapel at the back of the church. The statue shows St Edward sitting in a throne holding a church and was made of wood. The next feature I saw was the pieta. This was also at the back of the church and had votive candles below it. The Pieta was made of marble and was a replica of Michelangelo's Pieta at the Vatican. The next feature I saw was the Crucifix. It was behind the altar, made of wood and showed Jesus being crucified.

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  9. A03 RE Coursework - Churches

    There can be a lot of good reasons for people not going to church. They could be bed-ridden and unable to move from their homes or hospital. They could have to work shifts during church hours. If someone has a serious illness that prevents them from going to church, this doesn't make them a bad Christian. From Vatican II, "What the faithful have received...in the celebration of the Eucharist should have its effect on their way of life...everyone who has participated in the mass should be eager to do good works".

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  10. Free essay

    R.E coursework on Worship

    This is where people go to pray for someone who is ill and has just died. On the right side is a red corner I has a statue of Jesus, it shows people why Jesus died for us. And why we should worship and respect him. Jesus called peter his rock and gave him the keys to heaven. Thats why st peters holds the keys in his hands The altar is a long table, with a white sheet placed over it to show a sign of purity. The altar is for sacrifice, offered up to god to show our appreciation and respect.

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  11. Ormskirk Parish Church - Question 1

    Orme, who was torn between each of his sisters' wills couldn't decide which to build and so he tried to please both of his sisters and built the church with both a tower and a spire. Although the legend of the two sisters is a nice story and part of Ormskirk folk lore, it is incorrect. There are two main reasons why the legend cannot be true: first, the legend states that both the tower and the spire were built at the same time, this is definitely not true because the the spire was originally built around 1430 along with the other two spires in it's family around the area, the other spires being at Halsall and Aughton.

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  12. Ormskirk Parish Church - Question 3

    Sometimes when the stone is restored the restoration date might be engraved on it. This could be mistaken for the creation date. In this respect, due to the circumstances, primary sources for question 1 turn out to be unreliable and misleading, it would be unwise to use primary sources as evidence to support an answer to question 1. Secondary sources such as folk lore, documentation (ledgers) of the church and general information about Ormskirk (e.g. name suggests Scandinavian origin) are much more reliable.

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  13. Islamic Architecture

    He repeated the messages he received from Allah to scribes so that they could be written down. The Quran is composed of those messages, and are the religious scriptures of Islam. Allah's greatest creation was mankind, who has the capability to live with God in the afterlife if their lives on earth followed the Islamic teachings. These teachings state that a Muslim must follow the five pillars of Islam. The five pillars of Islam include: belief in Allah as the only supreme being, repeating the Islamic creed at least once in a lifetime with conviction, reciting the daily prayer five

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  14. Explain how the teachings of Islam and Christianity might influence a married couples decision about the use of contraception

    Christianity and Islam have different denominations, which means that not all Christians think the same. The main denominations for Christianity are Roman Catholic and The Church of England. The Main denominations for Islam are Strict, Centrists and Liberal. If the married couple where Roman Catholic Christian, they would not use artificial contraception at all, because they believe in natural law, in keeping with human nature, as when sexual intercourse takes place, it is natural to get pregnant, and if people try to stop this from happening then they are not doing what nature intended. This means that they would be going against Gods will, which would not be very good.

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  15. Assisi Critical Evaluation

    In the first stanza, MacCaig's casual use of brutal language pushes the image of the beggar into our faces: "The dwarf with his hands on backwards" The description of the "dwarf" is casual and brutal as if he is not human, which the derogatory label suggests. Furthermore, MacCaig creates shock by comparing two contrasting images: the disfigured beggar and a beautiful church. This is employed in the middle of the first stanza: "the three tiers of churches" Here we can clearly see that the poet is using juxtaposition to compare the contrasting images of the deformed beggar and the beautiful church.

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  16. Free essay

    "The Roman Catholic Church gained more from the Lateran Pacts than did the government of Mussolini" How far do you agree with this judgement on the impact of the Lateran pacts in the years 1929-1939?

    The impact of this pact had positive affects for both sides. The agreements made stopped the church leading any direct and substantial opposition to fascism but, at the same time, the continued existence, and power, of the church meant that the Fascist State could never be truly totalitarian. One of the major gains from the Lateran Pacts for the church was that their 'tools' of indoctrination were allowed to continue. Namely, these tools were Catholic Action and Religious Education. In the Lateran Pacts it was agreed that Roman Catholic Religious Education would be compulsory in all state schools.

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  17. Free essay

    place of worship

    Imams also give Islamic lectures e.g. Jummah khutbah which is said before the prayer. In Ramadan the imam gives Islamic speeches and lectures to remind people of Islam. Even though it is not obligatory for an Imam to be a scholar many of them are and can organise Islamic circles for adults and the youth to spread their knowledge of Islam. Most people also send their children to an Imam to learn Quran. This is mostly done in non-Islamic countries as they do not have Islamic schools for the children to learn Quran in.

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  18. A poem I found rather appealing because of the striking aspects of it was "Assisi" by Norman MacCaig.

    " this instantly tells us that St Francis was a very prominent man, he was a wealthy man who gave up his wealth to help the poor. " Talker with birds "suggests that St Francis was sweet tempered, this showed me how important St Francis was. MacCaig wraps up the first stanza by saying "over whom he had the advantage of not being dead yet " , this represents that the end may be near for the dwarf after living around the huge cathedral many years , he in now beginning to wear away.

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  19. the new proposal from the Church of England to replace the Book of Common Prayer that had graced the pews of churches nationwide since 1661. Its introduction provoked dispute

    We then have to consider whether maintaining the tradition and the heritage of "common prayer" is more valued to the church than the amount of people attending church. Putting the content of BCP into the modern day context it is not practical. It is argued that the dated language alienates attendance numbers in church as it is harder to understand, therefore has less significance in meaning. For example archaic and unfamiliar lexis such as the use of the subjunctive "glory be to god", compound words "only-begotten" and repetition of "thou" are all unfamiliar to the young audience of today that the church is wishing to attract if they wish attendance numbers to augment.

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  20. r.eDescribe the main features of a specific mosque:

    Within most Islamic countries and some western countries the muezzin calls worshippers to pray five times daily on the minaret of the mosque. The caller stands facing the kiblah in Makkah and recites Arabic beginning with 'Allahu Akbar' (Allah is the greatest). Non-Muslims usually find the call to prayer form the minaret particularly haunting when visiting Muslim countries. Within the mosque there are four features, first of all there is a Minbar which is a stand on platform where the imam delivers his sermon or Khutbah usually at Salat-Ul-Jummah (Friday prayers).

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  21. analyse and explain the role and function of the mosque in the Muslim community

    and special prayers. These particular libraries consist on having computers, books and video tapes. Computers are primarily used by the mosque committee to produce prayer timetables, letters as well as other things like plans for the future for the public. However mojoritarianly the public organise special occasions within the mosque themselves such as Islamic conferences which tend to help increase the Ummahs knowledge on Islam. Mosques are not only used by males but women as well. There are separate rooms in which women can spend their time praying along with educating themselves about Islam.

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  22. women ordination

    Theology- "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." (Genesis 1:27) "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:28) The above texts emphasise that both women and men are made in the image of God. One of the main arguments against the ordination of women is that women are not made in the likeness of Christ.

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  23. Afghan Church Mumbai

    East India Company had used this place as a military cantonment area due to the remoteness of this place. At the southern tip of Mumbai, Afghan Church stands in a quiet army cantonment, an imposing basalt edifice with a lofty limestone spire. In the old days it had a sizeable flock of British officers who turned up for the Sunday sermon. At the entrance, there is a big black board, revealing that it is an Anglican church dedicated to St.

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  24. Interview with church goer

    When did you actually start understanding about the Bible? -I got my first Bible when I was about 10 and I read it all in about a month.

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  25. A03: "It is not possible to be a disciple to-day in the way Jesus intended." Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer showing that you have considered more that one point of view.

    Going to church may make some young people feel uncool as their peers may laugh at them. In to day's society there has been a lot of bad things happening within the church with regards to child abuse etc. This has since turned people away from the church and has made people's faith weaken. They just feel that they cannot trust the church and eventually turn away from prayer altogether. Some people also suffer a lot of great difficulties in their life!

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  • Choose two different Christian denominations - Select and explain the main features of their place of worship and compare and contrast the ways in which the features are used in worship.

    "By considering the arguments that have been made, I personally feel that there is no need for impressive structures for the use of worship. I believe that there is more need for long-term aid rather than short-term aid, still I see no need for such a large amount of money being used on just a building, but we could just have a small and not so impressive building. This leads me on to saying that there shouldn't be a lot of money spent on large and attractive buildings but there should still be a place of worship. This can be like in ordinary homes and community centres. Words: 409"

  • Critically evaluate the significance of Vatican II for the 21st Century Church

    "Conclusion The church must be the driving force to revitalise people in their work for social justice. It must use its position and authority to coax the clergy and laity into positive action ranging from voting to hands on work with the oppressed and needy. It must not expect the oppressed to change their lot in isolation but should encourage us to use our privileged position to put pressure on other countries and ideologies to address their needs. In an perverse way, the very capitalist power the first world wields, could be used to enforce a preferential treatment and whilst this smacks off social imperialism, the church should not shy away from acting as a moral guide for its followers. In this way Vatican II could revitalise the church to work for both social justice and spiritual salvation."

  • Compare and Contrast the sociological organizations of a cult, church and sect. Show how a cult can develop into a church.

    "As you can see while all considered forms of religion these three organizations are very different. They are all compromised of different people with different beliefs, which make them unique. However over the years we can see how the cult and the church are inexplicably linked together from example such as the formation of the Protestant faith and even Christianity as Jesus and his disciples could even have been considered a cult at the beginning."

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