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  1. Religious attitudes to miracles, euthanasia, abortion and family life.

    I will never ever doubt that because I have seen miracles like that young boy, I have heard everything that my holy prophets went through in order to keep Islam, and so I know that there is a god. However, if I wasn't bought up in a Muslim household, but in a household of no religion, then I don't think that I would have believed that there is a god because my parents never told me and I would not have been bought up being told that there is a god or read the holy qur'an which tells me that there is a god and Mohammed is his messenger.

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  2. Describe how Jesus was presented as a worker of Miracles, giving examples from Lukes Gospel.

    A woman who had been bleeding for 12 years was in a crowd around Jesus, she went up and touched his cloak and was instantly healed. This miracle was performed when Jesus wasn't fully aware of his actions; her faith was the characteristic that was strong enough for Jesus to heal her. People in those days may not have believed this girl because she is a woman but those who did would have had a strong belief that Jesus could heal.

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  3. Describe how Jesus was presented as a worker of miracles, giving examples from Lukes gospel

    Luke realised that miracles were important and had meaning, otherwise he wouldn't have written about them. He wanted them to be remembered and wrote about twenty. The miracles of Jesus show the power of God in Him. An example of this is in the miracle of Jarius' daughter. This miracle shows the power of God because Jesus was able to raise someone from the dead. The miracles also show that miracles came as a result of faith in God. In the miracle of the woman with the haemorrhage, she had such faith in Jesus as the Son of God that she is healed even though no-one else could heal her.

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  4. Discuss the meaning of healing miracles with reference to present day belief in Christian life

    This miracle also shows Christians that Jesus' power is so great that he can even heal from a distance. This miracle can encourage Christians today to be universal by not favouring one person or group of people over others. It can also teach Christians to have more faith because it shows that Jesus can heal from a distance, which will bring them closer to God. The Centurion had great faith which can encourage Christians today to have more faith in Jesus today and in return, they will be rewarded with great things.

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  5. What are Miracles?

    This is because many people believe that god acts through the lives of individuals. They believe that god works through people. For example, mother Teresa; she dedicated her life to helping the sick and the poor people. Many people believed that this was an act of god, that god was working through her. In Mark's gospel there were many events were miracles occurred. These miracles could be divided into four categories: physical healing, nature, exorcism and resurrection. A miracle which includes physical healing, would be when a person is supernaturally healed, they were healed unnaturally with no explanation, by healing beyond the powers of humans or medicine.

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    What I understand about the word miracle is that it happens through God and only God can make miracles happen but it seems at the present moment miracles can happen for example something really good but unexpected happens we will classify it as a miracle, but is it a miracle or good fortune? I can understand if a person who claims to have 'seen' or have been 'saved' by a miracle is a practicing Christian and had always believed in God or knows that they have not been the best person but has realized their mistakes and has confused and turned they life around.

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  7. What is meant by the term miracle(TM)?

    to visually represent and reveal His divine power and authority over man and nature from time to time. Most people give re-meaning to a miracle because they see it as an extraordinary event which is unexplainable and is not part of the regular course of nature; also they see miracles as showing God's power. Some think the definition of a miracle is, 'something that is supernatural', that it can simply be an event where someone changes for the good or if good triumphs over evil. Many parents consider the birth of their children or child a miracle even though the birth of children happens frequently.

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  8. The parables of the Kingdom

    It had not yet been completed. God has always been king but he sent Jesus to "save" the world. In Jesus God rules in a new way, people can join the kingdom by repentance. However everyone who has made God king of his daily life belongs in the kingdom. The different parables teach us many things today and in the future. The parable of the sower shows that the kingdom of God succeeds in spite of all difficulties and frustration. People respond in different ways in the parable of the sower, seeds that fall on the path show how Satan takes away God's message immediately, seeds that fall on the rocks show those who give up at the first

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  9. I will attempt to discuss the broad form of and the need for the notion of life after death in two Middle Eastern (Christianity and Islam) and two Far Eastern (Hinduism and Buddhism) religions.

    The Middle Eastern religions are ones where each human being needs to be an aggressive believer to be saved. A clean slate is a bad start and a life of piety is needed to earn brownie points for the hereafter. Therefore Christianity and Islam invented h**l for the unbelievers. And since h**l is of no use unless you have an afterlife, they also invented life after death and a soul. They then threw in eternity to make the whole affair all the more gruesome for anyone who might have second thoughts about their religion. The Far Eastern religions are ones where starting with a clean slate.

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  10. Explore the ways that Anne Bront presents her religious faith in her poetry.

    The time in which Anne wrote this poem can be classified as her 'religious worry period', she had seen the Reverend James La Trobe to repent her sins as she felt her lack of enthusiasm toward earnest repentance was a terrible sin. It can also be seen that from this poem Anne is asking for forgiveness. This is made clear to us on many levels, an example being, "prayed to have my sins forgiven," from the third stanza of the poem.

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  11. Science- A blessing or A Curse?

    Science has made many significant contributions to human life. It has increased the happiness and comforts of man greatly. Science has made travel very comfortable and quick. Different modes of travel like motorcycles, buses, trains, ships and aeroplanes are available today. Improvements in the means of transport have led to the development of economy. Ships carry goods from one country to another, resulting in the progress of international trade. Aero planes have made the world much smaller.

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  12. On the road Kerouc

    The book is today considered a classic addition to Beat literature while many critics failed to understand the purpose of the novel in the days when it first appeared. JACK MINCH (2001) discusses how the book was viewed by contemporaries of the author, "Kerouac wrote the novel in a coffee-saturated, 20-day typewriter marathon at a friend's apartment in New York City in 1951. When finally published six years later, it won critical acclaim as an unconventional masterpiece, defining a post-World War II ``Beat Generation'' of intellectual outlaws on an aimless, Bohemian odyssey across the American landscape.

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  13. Analysis of 'Young Goodman Brown'

    After getting into the story you find out that Brown's wife is aptly named Faith. She represents his faith in religion and his stepping stone to resist the dark side, and even though she urges him to stay, he goes on his journey into the woods. When he met the man in the woods, he explained "Faith kept me back a while." Hawthorne was clearly trying to show that Brown was hesitant to go on his journey because he was afraid that he would lose his faith.

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  14. is faith a legitimate basis for knowledge claims?

    in to be credible. Accordingly, faith is seen as essential to and inseparable from rationality. By this argument we conclude that faith is an element involved to express rationality. This concept also implies that we cannot gather evidence to express what we are seeing or what we ever saw, that mathematical laws are not real and that the sun won't rise tomorrow. A movie, the Matrix, is all about defying the faith in our senses. A great example is that a person having a headache cannot evidently prove it, he can only sense it and relies on his senses to call it the truth.

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  15. by definition a miracle can never happen. discuss.

    However, it is important to notice that Hume never states that miracles are impossible. Hume believed in empirical evidence, which relies on the senses to tell us what is real. This approach occurred after the Enlightenment period and many empiricists therefore reject revelation as proof of a miracle. Hume states that it is impossible to prove that a miracle has happened because of the scientific methodology that he believes in. miracles can only be proved by the testimony of people who have been there and their after effects. However, this evidence does not fit in with Hume's belief in scientific attitude.

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  16. Assess the importance of healing miracles as gospel teachings

    Biblical miracles draw attention from everyday life procedures and direct it toward the almighty acts of God. The sacred writers appealed to miracles as evidence that they were messages from God. The absolute miracles - incarnation (God becoming man) and resurrection (raising of Jesus from the dead) link to Jesus' life. Jesus understood that performing miracles were a message from God to symbolize his control. God was working through Jesus. In the gospel accounts of the New Testament, Jesus used miracles to fulfil Old Testament prophecy and prove his divine being.

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  17. Miracles are one of the reasons that people start to believe in God

    The act of miracles causes people to pray. If there was no action from God what is the point of the prayers? And how often have we heard in the media someone telling of their miraculous escape when, for example, they survived unhurt in a car crash in which the two others were killed, or even more dramatically how a soldier in war was saved by wearing a medallion which stopped the bullet that would have killed him, or how when a family were at their wits end in some terrible dilemma something unexpectedly happened to save the situation?.

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    Natural laws are unbreakable. There have been attacks on this argument presented from philosophers. For one, it is clear that even in this advanced stage of scientific knowledge, people do not know everything. Sometimes, something that is considered natural law today, may not be an actual law tomorrow, and can break anytime. Natural laws are only unbreakable, until they break and when they do, they are not natural laws anymore. Furthermore, Hume centres this whole debate of the concept miracle around one definition, which in turn centres itself on the transgression of natural laws brought about by God.

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  19. Explain the improtance of the Miracles of Jesus for Christian life today

    There have also been places in which miracles are believed to have occurred. One of the, most famous places is Lourdes, France. In 1858, in the grotto of Massabielle, near Lourdes in southern France, it is believed that Our Lady appeared 18 times to Bernadette Soubirous, a young peasant girl. She revealed herself as the Immaculate Conception, and asked the girl that a chapel should be built on the site of the vision. She told Bernadette to drink from a fountain in the grotto. No fountain was to be seen, but when Bernadette dug at a spot designated by the apparition, a spring began to flow.

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  20. Miracles. Many people have different views on what a miracle really is. For example, David Hume, an 18th century philosopher identified a 'miracle' as "a transgression of a law of nature

    These laws of nature are learnt by observation and scientific deduction of patterns. An example of a law of nature would be gravity, and here Jesus' walking on water, a miracle told of in the Bible, would be a violation of this natural law.3 There are different types of miracles. There are physical miracles, emotional miracles, spiritual miracles etc. Today different people have different beliefs of what a miracle is. According to an atheist a miracle is merely no more than an undiscovered natural law. However Christians have their own beliefs of what a 'miracle', these miracle are best known in the Bible where there is written evidence of real miracles.

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  21. "A miracle is a transgression of a Law of Nature by a particular volition of the Deity or by the interposition of some invisible agent" - Comment on the adequacy of this definition of a miracle.

    If we take that by "laws of nature" Hume may be referring to what we would all consider to be ordinary, or what we could predict by probability, for example he sun rising in the morning, we can predict that it will tomorrow, because it has done for our entire lifetime, and those before and before and so on. The violation of this law would be if the sun didn't rise tomorrow morning. In this way the definition is logical, as most people would concede that a miracle is indeed an occurrence which is out of the ordinary.

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    This is important as it is inconsistent with the classical concept of God. Mackie interprets Hume's definition as "a miracle occurs when the world is not left to itself". This definition would be a problem as it shows that God is not always within the world as the world can be 'left to itself', without God. This causes a problem as the classical concept of God which claims that God is omnipotent and omniscient meaning that he is all knowing and everywhere however this definition would contradict God always being present in the world.

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  23. The Analytical Essay

    The behavior of the characters encourages us to develop our response to them. The monk's cruelty reduces our sympathy for him and we feel the dread of Opus Dei, the Christian organization which he follows. We identify with the victim because we know something terrible is about to happen and there is nothing we can do about it. As well as this empathy with the victim, we're also tempted to emphasize with the antagonist. Therefore, the thrill of thrillers comes from this generated attitude of the modern western world. The protagonists' sudden realization that they are in the mercy of Teabing was shocking, and will significantly alter our perceptions of Teabing's character.

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  24. Tim Winton in his 'quintessentially Australian' novel Cloudstreet challenges modern perceptions of spirituality with his rhythmical tale of two families, the Pickles and the Lambs

    The point Winton makes is we need to question, and the answers may be found in the struggle. Biblical allusions permeate the story, particularly in reference to the initially 'God Fearing' lamb family who experience a 'miracle', a large catch of fish, a glowing and a walk on water that carefully mimics events in the bible in a way that suggests the stories it contains are relevant to our lives. Fish Lamb was pummeled back to life by his mother Oriel, after he was involved in a near drowning incident, which is celebrated as a miracle, 'we got him back!

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  25. Explain how going on a pilgrimage can change people's lives. As many people go on pilgrimage there must be a reason and many pilgrims say

    He found it changed him because he made better relationships with the people he already knew and built new bridges with people he didn't. He felt important because he was helping other people and putting other before himself. Pilgrimage can change you both mentally and physically, there is physical healing and mental or emotional healing. The physical healing could vary from curing someone of cancer to fixing a broken bone.

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    "I believe that the statement "By definition miracles do not occur" is simplistic and problematic for many reasons, as there is great difficulty in actually defining what a miracle is and the arguments that attempt to prove this, such as Hume's a priori argument, are deeply flawed and open to much criticism. Thus I find it is impossible to dismiss Miracles as false by definition, but believe that the evidence must be looked at, "a good scientist looks at the evidence" (Polkinghorne)."

  • Critically assess Hume's dismissal of miracles.

    "Therefore, when regarding Hume's argument as a whole, it is clear to see that to make the argument more solid Hume needs to go into further detail about his four points. However, there are some points, for example the assertion which states that for a miracle to be true, a certain type of person needs to testify for it, which do not hold up when subjected to scrutiny and therefore on a whole I do not find Hume's dismissal a convincing argument. 1 Philosophy of Religion for A level for OCR, PG 176 Vicki Rounding 11th January 2005"

  • Assess Hume's reasons for rejecting miracles

    "In conclusion, I will repeat the point I made in the opening of this essay. Hume's argument is not that miracles cannot happen, but that, given the amount of evidence that has established and confirmed a law of nature, there can never be sufficient evidence to prove that a law of nature has been violated. Emma Ward 09/05/2007 Emma Ward 1"

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