Essays Tagged: "belief systems"

Is totemism a religion? An analysis of Emile Durkheim's view of totemism in 'The Elementary Forms of Religion'

gion is a difficult, if not an impossible quest. However, before determining whether or not certain belief-systems and/or ritualized practices can be considered a religion, a definition is imperative. ... ciety is based around its sacred ritualized practices, it is only fair to consider those ritualized beliefs and practices as constituting a religion. Thus, the real question is, can a society whose sp ...

(8 pages) 127 0 3.4 Dec/2002

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Religion & Faith

Explains the differences between Christianity and Buddhism in certain ways.

Basic Belief SystemsBuddhism is different from Christianity in many ways. The Christian founder, Jesus Chr ... he most important thing that God gave us. These are the major differences between the two religions belief systems.Main Rituals and SymbolsWhile both religions use their own rituals and symbols, these ...

(4 pages) 249 3 4.1 Mar/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Religion & Faith > Buddhism

We are all apes

e was created. The decision by which you determine which front you side with is entirely up to your belief systems and your values on fact or reality.I for one, stand on the side of the great scientis ... point towards humans being a newer-model ape. Basing where we come from and how we were created on beliefs that a "supreme being" made us out of sand and other nonliving materials is highly irrationa ...

(5 pages) 48 0 3.0 Mar/2003

Subjects: Science Essays > Biology

Socrates' opinion of death and the afterlife.

e an expert. Yet human beings, in our attempt to explain the inexplicable, have created innumerable belief systems, or religions, each with its own opinion on death and the proverbial afterlife. And f ...

(2 pages) 84 0 2.3 Apr/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy


In many significant ways, belief systems have impacted the lives of people around the world. One example of a belief system is ... , it let the government run more efficiently, being smarter and more respected. There are many main beliefs in which guide people on how to act in society, all directions clear and acceptable.To Confu ... dal period in which he lived, that "in education, there is no class distinction."In many ways these beliefs had impacted the development of China, as well as its people. People benefited because this ...

(2 pages) 174 0 3.7 May/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Religion & Faith

Christopher Marlowe's play, "Dr. Faustus".

valent forces in life. The first of these battles this paper will discuss is the battle between the belief systems of two major time periods in history, the medieval time period, and the Renaissance. ... story line.Doctor Faustus, himself, is a man torn between two traditions. He is a man with medieval beliefs, but renaissance aspirations. From a medieval point of view, Doctor Faustus can be looked up ...

(2 pages) 94 0 5.0 May/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

A Hedonist's Outlook of a Good, Moral, Ethical Society.

"ethical or moral" humans, in my eyes, mostly involves the big picture. People are too caught up in belief systems, selfishness, and greed, that they make no attempt to simply be content and enjoy lif ... le. A great man once said, "I think it's better to have ideas. You can change ideas, but changing a belief... people die for it, people kill for it." I think it was Chris Rock, but I digress. I do not ...

(3 pages) 62 0 3.0 Jun/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Comparative Philosophy & Ethics

Aboriginal Belief Systems & Spirituality.

ESSAY (Aboriginal Belief Systems & Spirituality)Religion informs every aspect of Aboriginal life, giving a spiritu ... r place in that environment and of relations between people. The foundation of Aboriginal religious belief if the "Dreaming." The dreaming is a complicated concept with multiple meanings but for the A ... people who were occupying the country and living their lives in accordance with their own spiritual beliefs, laws, values and knowledge of the world. White European settlement brought with it the dest ...

(3 pages) 112 0 2.7 Jun/2003

Subjects: History Term Papers > Australian History

Richard Wright's novel, "Native Son".

of personalities and expression. Each character's action defines their individual personalities and belief systems. The main character, Bigger Thomas has personality traits spanning various aspects of ... es during their first meeting. While receiving distrust from those around him, Jan retains a simple belief in the equality for all men, regardless of social class or race. Throughout Jan's first meeti ...

(5 pages) 55 0 4.0 Oct/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

A Personal Poltical Profile.

I listened enough to gain some political information on each candidate and voted according to their beliefs, then I must have some ideologies and that led me to liberalism. Liberalism is the type of i ... s the type of ideology I can relate to the most because ideologies are considered to be value-laden belief systems and my reasons for being liberal are based on the values of freedom, which relates to ...

(7 pages) 106 0 2.7 Jan/2004

Subjects: Law & Government Essays

Spirituality in current school and educational settings, in light of the aftermath of extremist terrorist attacks

ary to carry out those crimes, especially after over five years of living in ways contrary to their belief systems?There are numerous studies from Israel that show that the religious community are mor ... th that has written codes of regulatory behavior, whereas spirituality is more about one's personal belief and experience of a higher power or higher purpose." That means that spirituality is a subset ...

(2 pages) 44 0 5.0 Feb/2004

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Psychology

Inequality- The Natural State of Human Beings Think Essay using quotes, explaining them, and responding to them; dealing with controversial issues.

ore the Europeans happened to come across and settle the land there. Native Americans had their own belief systems and ways of living before the Europeans attempted to spread Christianity and convert ... ns traveled to America in search of a new place to settle in order to form a society based on their beliefs as opposed to those of England. Europeans imposed their way of living on the Natives, althou ...

(3 pages) 94 3 4.4 Feb/2004

Subjects: History Term Papers > North American History

The American Religion: consumerism. A look at the study of religion in the field of anthropology by showing how consumerism today has, in fact, become a religion.

gion is a difficult, if not an impossible quest. However, before determining whether or not certain belief-systems and/or ritualized practices can be considered a religion, a definition is imperative. ... e have grown up in an ideal of freedom of religion and have been made to believe that all religious beliefs are equally as valuable to the believer of that religion. This simply is not true though. Th ...

(7 pages) 168 0 2.7 Apr/2004

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Anthropology

To What extent was the Edwardian reformation protestant?

y the end of Henry VIII's reign, religion within England was stranded mid-way between the competing belief systems of Catholicism and reform. Events within Europe had begun to influence thinking withi ... others introduced are popularly though amongst historians to be orientated by Somerset's protestant beliefs.Later under Edward VI's reign Northumberland took control over the council from Somerset. Th ...

(3 pages) 23 0 5.0 Apr/2004

Subjects: History Term Papers

Religious Belief Systems of the Ancient Times: Islam and Hinduism

Throughout history, major belief systems have developed and have played a significant role in shaping the culture and historic ... have played a significant role in shaping the culture and historical development of a region. Such belief systems which have played such a major impact on their region's development are Hinduism and ... ct on their region's development are Hinduism and Islam. Hinduism and Islam's dietary restrictions, belief in afterlife, and traditional values have influenced how the Islamic and Hindu people lead th ...

(2 pages) 111 2 3.6 Apr/2004

Subjects: History Term Papers > World History

Comparison/Contrast Between American Indians and English Settlers of Jamestown

nces. They had a hard time sharing and trading because of how different they were, such as in their belief systems, materials and resources, and their living environments to name a few.As stated befor ... ing environments to name a few.As stated before, the Powhatan Indians and the English had different belief systems. For example, the English, much like many Americans today, were monotheist, believing ...

(2 pages) 58 0 2.8 May/2004

Subjects: History Term Papers > North American History

The Belief Systems, of the 3 Largest Religions

Belief systems, or religions are perhaps the strongest force in society. All of these beliefs are im ... wn way. They're what make each religion individual and special. Each of these religions had its own beliefs and sacred texts, though all shared some concepts. In the Middle East, the three great world ... follow the teachings of a man named Jesus, who was born in Palestine in about A.D. 30. Through the belief in Jesus, people believe that humanity can achieve salvation. Judaism and Christianity are qu ...

(2 pages) 163 0 3.0 Jul/2004

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Religion & Faith

Which is the true religion of god? An essay not written according to any specific religion or faith. Just an important essay all human beings should read

s world. By the time he reaches his teens, he is usually fully brain washed into believing that the beliefs of his particular society are the correct beliefs that everyone should have. However, when s ... orrect beliefs that everyone should have. However, when some people mature and are exposed to other belief-systems, they begin to question the validity of their own beliefs. The seekers of truth often ...

(1 pages) 41 2 4.3 Mar/2005

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Religion & Faith

Religions are similar

ent religions, they are similar in many ways. While each religion has a broad spectrum, their basic belief systems are more alike than we think. The three religions have similar positions in believing ... lieving in a higher power, similar law systems, and they all three are led by a prophet. These core beliefs and their fundamental teachings can tie the three religions together.In all three religions, ...

(1 pages) 50 3 2.0 Mar/2005

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Religion & Faith

How did the Victorian idea of "separate spheres" determine how women artists created their art?

g politics and the media, the family and domestic field as well as the contemporary and traditional beliefs within the art institutions. The body of the belief systems about women and the feminine ide ... roduce art, and also the ways in which their critics assessed them compared to the more traditional beliefs about propriety and established feminine spheres that constrained women artists earlier in t ...

(9 pages) 63 0 5.0 Mar/2005

Subjects: Art Essays > Works of Art