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  1. Christianity through a study of Luke and Acts

    To be a follower of Jesus, faith is essential; he implied this in all the miracles he performed. The people were cured because of their faith in Jesus. Today, if a Christian is sick, they must remember to have faith in Jesus in the hope to be healed. Also to have faith in Jesus is to receive a place in the spiritual Kingdom -the Kingdom of God. It is a key concept in Christianity, in which God has the reign over all things.

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  2. Describe the importance of the healing miracles of Jesus for Christian life today. Jesus was presented as a worker of miracles in Luke's gospel throughout many different stories

    Though a miracle is not just a show of power, it involves a way of seeing the world. Because miracles are so rare and nearly unheard of today some people say 'they do not happen in our society so therefore they do not exist'. This is untrue as many so called miracles still do happen today and in some churches it is still believed that miracles of healing and the casting out of demons happen every day. Miracles happened in both the New Testament and the Old Testament.

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  3. Explain the term 'miracle'

    There are also many miracle stories in the teachings of the prophets in Elijah and Elisha. Also in the bible there are many stories of the miracles of Jesus. The people who Jesus lived with had no problem in believing in miracles. They would have believed that there are forces of good and evil that could help or harm them. Many other people also claimed that they could do miracles, the important thing in the miracles of Jesus is the meaning of these miracles. It doesn't matter what we think of as miracles, but that they were important to Luke.

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  4. Thomas Cranmer's Theology of the Eucharist

    However, his condemnation of Frith seemed a little half-hearted, which in turn has led to certain scholars asserting that he was at this time sympathetic to the cause of the Reformation on the Continent.3 Indeed his knowledge of the work of the Continental Reformers was vast, and on no account did he remain uninfluenced by what he had read. Indeed, his friendship with the Lutheran Osiander, who gave his niece to Cranmer in marriage, is highly significant in determining Cranmer's theological development, for the marriage would never have taken place if Cranmer at this time still maintained the 'papist's doctrine' of Transubstantiation against that proclaimed by the Lutherans.

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  5. What is a miracle?

    We are told about his beginnings in Bethlehem and his experiences in Jerusalem when he was thirteen.St.luke concentrated on Jesus' mercy and forgiveness, his call especially to the poor and under -privileged. Inviting both Jew and Gentile to salvation (being saved and entering the kingdom of god). St.Luke highlights Jesus teaching on individual immorality (goodness), possessions and the dangers of material wealth.St.Luke also highlight the importance of prayer, joy and praising god and he stresses the importance of the role of the Holy Spirit.

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  6. 'Miracles are a matter of faith, not fact', discuss.

    Without evidence atoms are ridiculous, but in proportioning belief to the evidence available, they become a near certainty. Following from this Hume asserts we have past uniform experience which establishes scientific laws. These are based on massive numbers of past observation, thus our pure rationality can easily persuade us that these are infallible. As Vardy phrases it, 'all our experience tells us that when people walk on water they sink, that the molecular structure of water cannot change into that of wine'.6 A miracle by definition must contravene scientific laws, the infinite evidence which proves the existence of these laws

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  7. Miracles are about faith, not fact. Discuss.

    As people cannot agree on a definition, it is difficult to discuss miracles. What one person sees as miraculous may not be so to another. Most definitions agree that a miracle goes against the laws of nature, so it is necessary to explore this point. Hume believes that our experience of the world has shown the laws of nature to be very reliable. For example, if you drop a ball from a height, it will always without fail fall to the ground.

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  8. The value of choice the dilemma of charitable choice and the further funding of faith-based initiatives.

    Through this analysis, I have come to the belief that the separation of church and state is not entirely the same as the separation of religion and politics. Church and state are two distinct institutions, created for separate purposes. Religion and politics, however, are merely separate spheres of one individual's life and beliefs.1 Although considered independent, they can and often are blurred and synthesized. As a believer, should a man be expected to ignore his beliefs when making policy decisions?

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  9. David Hume and Miracles.

    In this way Hume does not deny the possibility of miracles as such but by applying so stringent an axiom to them makes their probability very unlikely. However Hume does manage to eliminate the possibility of miracles occurring in Part Two by introducing so complete a set of conditions to which the witnesses must conform that in actuality (in Hume's probable belief) no miracle can ever be believed to have occurred. But before we proceed to the second (and much larger)

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  10. Describe the history and symbolism of the festival of Pesach - How may the symbolism and teaching of Pesach affect the life of Jews today and help them to meet the demands of their faith?

    To aid them in their escape, God parted the sea for Moses and his people to safely cross. When the Pharaoh's men entered the sea, God closed the partition of the sea so that they eventually drowned. God commanded the Israelites to mark their freedom with an annual festival, Pesach. Pesach is now a spring festival, which marks a time of new hope and new life, because those 3,300 years ago when the Israelites escaped they were given a new life and hope for the future. Pesach usually lasts for 7 or 8 days, during the barley harvest.

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  11. What is a miracle? Describe how Jesus was presented as a miracle worker, giving examples from Luke's Gospel.

    This claim will be explored in the next section. A2: Jesus the miracle worker At the time of Jesus, the attitude towards miracles was very different to now. They were expected and had become commonplace. They were mainly associated with Elijah, Elisha and God. I think that the reason Luke wrote so much about the miracles is because they are so important in the Jesus story and they each have different meanings. Luke thought that these messages or meanings were important for everyone not just the people who witnessed them.

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  12. Talking about miracles

    Jesus cued plenty people from dangerous illness, he made the blind see, he made the lame walk people in Jesus' day had to pray to God to get rid of their illness. Because in that time there was hardly any cure for most of their illnesses. People use the word miracle to explain something which does not normally happen, which isn't natural. An example is if someone escapes a very-impossible-to-escape situation, maybe a house collapsing on the person during an earthquake, it might be refereed to as a miracle because the person narrowly escaped death.

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  13. R.S. Coursework - miracles

    Moses is used as a tool to perform miracles, it is the communication between God and his people. Through this miracle, Christians can see that he brings a sign of God's love to protect his people and a symbol of freedom given to people by God. It is a miracle of manner and we should see that God becomes closer to his people through these miracles. There is an implication that Christians should always keep faith in him and hope that he will give them strength through difficulties for he has the power and authority to make the impossible possible 'for nothing is impossible to God' Luke 1:37.

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  14. Discuss the differences and similarities between the two stories concentrating on how they begin and end. Which technique do you find the most effective?

    G. Wells (Herbert George) was born in 1866 in Kent. His interest in books and writing developed early in his childhood when he broke his leg, and while convalescing, read everything that he could. Later on, he won a scholarship to the 'Normal School of Science' in London, where he met Professor Huxley - a biologist. Wells became a good friend of the professor and also extremely interested in biology. This interest is clearly shown through his writing, such as in 'Island of Dr.

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  15. Explain the term ‘miracle’

    Luke presents Jesus as having the complete opposite view to this. In the miracle stories Jesus shows compassion and understanding towards those who were so unfairly labelled outcasts. What Jesus said and did made him particularly unique for his time, his actions fulfilled scripture in a world riddled with sin; The blind can see, The lame can walk, Those who suffer from dreaded skin diseases are made clean, The deaf can hear, The dead are raised to life and the Good News is preached to the poor. Issiah 35:5-6 This was a brave quote from Issiah for Jesus to make especially within a community where people like the Qumran Monks believed that excluding outcasts from entering the community was acceptable.

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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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