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  1. United States History. Religion has always had a central role in the history of this country and to a certain extent, was a fundamental player in the establishment of the American state.

    Having landed on Plymouth Rock in 1620, the Pilgrims established a colony bearing the name of their place of landing where they established self rule in accordance to their puritan values. Despite initial hardships, the colony of Plymouth was rather successful, self sufficient, and given the general sentiments and beliefs of the population, it was a colony of a people united through faith. Though the Pilgrims sought the freedom to practice their creed, being Puritans they wanted to as the name suggests, ?purify? the Anglican Church from years of perversions by the English monarch.

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  2. Are atrocities an integral part of war?

    others still raped and killed, women and brutally murdered men, children and even the animals.[2] Its use as a case study is pertinent due to the extent of the atrocities that took place there and usefulness in ascertaining what causes soldiers to commit atrocities. For my purposes ?war? is defined as a legal condition which equally permits two or more groups to carry on a conflict by armed force[3]. To be ?legally? permitted war has to have some just war justification, which will help to direct the ethical focus of this essay.

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  3. Descartes' Meditation two is a work of reflection on the nature of existence of an intellectual being and what can be known.

    He cannot, however call into question that whether hard or soft, solid or liquid, this is the same wax regardless of the fact that its properties are changing. Descartes goes on to assert that the wax cannot be defined by what he can perceive of it through his senses. As a result he decides that it also can?t be distinguished through his imagination. When the sensory properties of the wax are dismissed all that can be left to be said of the wax is that it is ?Extended, flexible and mutable.? (Descartes, 2006 p495).

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  4. Explain the principle of sacramentality and evaluate how well Collins (2008) promotes that principle as a characteristic of Catholicism in chapter 6 (Characteristics of Catholicism) in Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction

    Sacraments celebrate God?s gift of grace in us and give us a stronger relationship with Christ and also the church. De Gidio( 1994) argues that rather than just happening in church sacraments happen in people who come together as a church community to celebrate the experience of God in their daily lives. Therefore, we can certainly experience a deepening of God?s gift of grace through our celebration of the Sacraments (De Gidio, 1994). Rolheiser (2001) states that the gift of the Eucharist empowers us with the grace of God to the humble service of others.

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