Religion History Essay Examples and Topics

The Rise of the Papacy

The church in Rome was just one of the many churches that were all over the Roman Empire. In 70 AD, however, the destruction of Jerusalem by the army of Titus meant that Rome was the new political as well as cultural capital of the empire. Since many roads led to Rome and many people […]

The Features of African-American Christianity

The African-Americans in the U.S. society of the nineteenth century played the significant and rather specific role, basing on the peculiarities of relations between masters and slaves, on the details of the Civil War, and on the features of the abolitionist movement. The principles of slavery depended on the ideology of racism and the masters’ […]

The Conflicts and Complexities in the Early Christianity

This paper is aimed at discussing several important topics that were covered in the course readings. In particular, it is necessary to focus on the death of Jesus, the Epistle to the Corinthians, and Philippians. Close attention should be paid to the way in which modern historians examine these texts and how they interpret the […]

The Korean Shamans Start Their Rituals: Diving into the Specifics of the Ancient Culture

There is hardly anything as weirdly mesmerizing and at the same time ridiculous for a modern person as shaman rituals. However, taking a retrospective into the primitive, one will find out that shaman rituals served a definite purpose and even glued the primitive community together. Despite the rapid economical downfall, which Korea witnessed several times […]

Analysis of Confucianism in The Analects by Yao

In his book, Yao provides a detailed analysis of Confucianism. The author claims that it is hardly possible to give an account of all schools within this philosophical, religious, political and social phenomenon. The author focuses on Confucianism considering it as a religious and philosophical tradition.1 Yao does not take into account the political perspective. […]

Buddhism in a Post- Han China

Introduction Buddhism is one of the religions, which has played an important role in the history of China. This religion, which spread to China from Central Asia, moved from being an insignificant religion to enjoying widespread acceptance by many Chinese. However, the influence of Buddhism was because of the collapse of the Han dynasty in […]

The Growth of Daoism in During Late Qing Dynasty

A number of factors are attributed to the growth of Daoism in during late Qing dynasty to the early republican era. One of the factors that contributed to the growth of Daoism was institutional renewal, the emergence of writings, and the spread of Chinese culture across the region. As the Chinese culture spread to other […]

Jews and Christians

Jews and Christians Linda’s point of view may seem quite radical, but is understandable. The Pharisees were hostile to Christ as they even planned for his death. They constantly accused Jesus of breaking the law and committing blasphemous acts. Even after crucifying Christ, mainstream Jews continued to excommunicate early Christians because they branded them as […]

Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament

Comparative Studies History of Methods The rediscovery of Egypt took place in the eighteenth century, while Mesopotamia was rediscovered in the mid of nineteenth century. This involved the discovery of the ancient languages, various texts that were used in those early times, and many other artifacts. Scholars have engaged in detailed work of translating the […]

The Nature and Mission of the Church in the Twenty-First Century

The progress of the human thought cannot be stopped, and it is associated with a lot of changes in the spheres of the people’s life which are traditionally discussed as invariable and their aspects as constant. This statement was considered as relevant for analysing the elements of religion and faith during a long period of […]

The development of the New Testament canon of Scripture

Introduction The question on how the bible was formed has attracted immense scholarly research, which has lead to the emergence of an incredibly large scholarly body of knowledge attempting to explain both the Old Testament (OT) and New Testament (NT) canon. Much of this literature also endeavors to explain the factors that were considered in […]

“World Missionary Conference” Book

Introduction The book highlights what transpired in a protestant-organised convention held in Edinburgh. The delegates created a highly disjointed atmosphere due to inability to build consensus on majority of the issues. Though chaotic, the convention has shaped the protestant history by recognizing the small emerging churches from various continents. The participant contemplated union with Roman […]

Spread of Islam in Europe in the Last Century

Introduction Islam is becoming a popular religion in the world today after having spread all over the world and slowly becoming an acceptable religion. Islam is most dominant in Asia and the Arab world. However, in the last century, Islam has found its way into Europe. This paper will describe and highlight the history of […]

Religion, Politics & Globalization: Effect of Middle East Wars on Shia-Sunni Alliances

Introduction The conflict between the Shia and Sunnis has been mainly ideological. While the two sects agree on various fundamental principles such as acceptability of the Qur’an as the Holy Book and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as Allah’s last prophet, certain minor differences mostly premised on history rather than the Prophet’s teachings, have driven a […]

Identity Christian/White Supremacist Movement and the Domestic Radical Islamist Movement

The Christian Identity Movement is a movement that includes the Anglo-Israelism, British Israelism, white supremacists, anti-Semitic, as well as other groups. This movement consists of “many extremely conservative Churches in Christianity, religious organizations, survival groups and political groups” (Brayton, 2009, para.3). The adherents of this religious movement are followers as well as churches, which are […]

Protestant Reformation and the Western church

Protestant reformation was a religious movement that commenced in the 16th century in Western Europe.1This movement was meant to bring about an internal renewal in the church. Consequently, it led to numerous revolts and abandonment of Christian doctrines. Notably, this movement was initiated by John Calvin, Martin Luther and other protestant activists who were largely […]

Decline of Christianity in Europe

Introduction A century ago, Europe was the only continent that was famous for Christianity religion. It is from this continent that missionaries had ventured into other continents globally to reach out to those who had not been converted to Christianity. Most of the missionaries who went to evangelize to people in other continents were very […]

Deacons and a Special Office in the Early Church

What Are Deacons? Was There A Special Office In The Early Church? Deacons are perhaps the most misunderstood officers in the Christian Church today. They came up as the people to rescue the mainstream ministers from the logistical and administrative strains of church operations. This office has had mixed fortunes throughout the life of the […]

Aging with Grace

The Research Process The book “Aging with Grace” by David Snowdon regards a study based on the religious lifestyles of nuns in Good Counsel Hill convent. The research study or rather the nun study seeks to provide insight on leading healthier, longer, and more meaningful lives. The book describes the process and context of setting […]

Analysis of No God but God by Reza Aslan and Formations of Persecuting Society by Richard Moore

Book aspects Over the years, Islam and Christianity have grown in several ways that have impacted society in a notable way. Two writers, Reza Aslan and Moore have written No God but God and Formations of Persecuting Society respectively in order to shed light on these weighty religion groups. Further information is also provided by […]

Historical expansion of Islam

Islam is a belief that is grounded on the teachings of the Quran and the prophetical teachings of Mohammad. In the 10th century, Islam was the prevailing religion, covering above a half of the identified world. It is one of the religions documented to have spread rapidly over a period of three centuries. Hence, it […]

The Foundation of Orthodoxy and the Canon

Introduction In the quest to understand Christianity and the Bible, it is important to understand the idea under which the Christian church is grounded, as well as the process of its development and transformation into what it is today. It is also important to understand how the different books in the Bible were written, and […]

Christian Church History

Historians have over time argued whether the conversion of Constantine was genuine as some are of the idea that the vision he said he saw could have been just a reflection of the sun on ice crystals otherwise known as the halo effect. Others argue that the fact that he always exhibited soundness and also […]

A Study of the Inquisition

The Inquisition Christianity has gone through several major events that have shaped the modern religious environment. One of the largest events to ever have occurred in the history of Christianity was the inquisition. The inquisition was a movement carried out by various bodies within the Roman Catholic Church meant to fight against heretics. The Roman […]

Palo Mayombe

Introduction Palo Mayombe is a Congo-inspired cult, which is one of the variant forms of Reglas de Congo religious cults, widely practiced in Havana, Cuba. It has its origins in the Bantu of Congo in Central Africa and encompasses many Congo religious cults including the Biyumba, Vrillumba, and Regla Conga. The Bantu/Congo religious practices reflect […]

Development of Contemporary Christianity in Uganda

Christianity and the Buganda The growth of Christianity in Uganda dates back in the 19th Century. This was a time when Uganda was under Kingship rule. The first Missionaries arrived in Uganda in the year 1877 when Kabaka Muteesa was king. The prevalence of Christianity within the 19th century stems from Buganda which was an […]

Book Review: “Rise of Evangelicalism: The Age of Edwards, Whitefield, and the Wesleys” by Mark Noll

Mark Noll, a Professor of Christian Thought at Wheaton College and the author of the book The Rise of Evangelicalism: The Age of Edwards, Whitefield, and the Wesleys describes the history of Christianity expounding much on the rise of evangelicalism. Initially, individuals understood the concept of evangelicalism differently due to personal thinking. For instance, in […]

Religion: The nineteenth century

Introduction The nineteenth century was a time of great revolution in the fields of agriculture, communication, transportation, technology, marketing and industry. It is in this period that the collapse of great empires like Portugal, Spain, Mughal, China, and the Holy Roman kingdom happened. As a result, great empires like Germany, Britain, Japan and United States […]

European Christianity and Its Decline from the XVI Century

Europe has been for a long time considered as the Christianity hub, and European missionaries and believers have introduced people from all other continents to the faith. At first, catholic faith represented the Christianity belief until the split in the sixteenth century. Christianity then developed under two umbrellas that have now split into many other […]

Religious Truth Discussion

Discussion on the ways in which Alice Eckardt, Emil Fackenheim, and Irving Greenberg expresses their sentiments on religious truth One can no longer consider affirmation on the whole truth because whatever was considered sacred and impossible was made possible. Difficulty arose in determining the actual cause of the holocaust, since it occurred in a nation […]

Peter Brown’s “Augustine of Hippo.”

Christianity and Paganism The theme of Christianity and paganism has been discussed widely in this book. Brown describes Augustine’s friend during his youthful years as “the clique of earnest students was to become in their middle age, a formidable group of bishops, controlling the destinies of the Catholic Church in Africa.”1 We also get to […]

Books of the Bible that Paul wrote vs. Books mistakenly attributed to Him

Introduction There is a debate on whether or not Paul the apostle authored the highest number of books in the Bible. Bible fanatics view 80% of the New Testament as Paul’s work. While there is a degree of truth behind their assertions, based on the content of the books, there too stand some significant clashes […]

The Statue and Other Images in Egyptian Religion

Introduction The belief and worship of natural forces is referred to as religion. In all religions, ritual performance plays an important role. In many regions, rituals are performed by specific people and at specific places. Statues, pyramids, pharaohs, gods and temples were significant images in Egyptian religion, which played important roles in the religion. Religion […]

Role of Brahmanism in the decline of Buddhism

Introduction It’s always confusing when answering the question of how Buddhism did spread so widely throughout Asia, yet it declined in India. In the travelogue “A Record of Buddhist Kingdoms1and later Great Tang Records on the Western Region”2 written by different Chinese Buddhist monks. It is revealed that between 399 CE to 645 CE, the […]

Luther: man between God and the Devil

Introduction The preface to Luther by Heiko A. Oberman gives the reader a sneak preview of what to expect while reading the book. In his opening sentence however, Oberman warns the reader that discovering Luther is something that cannot fit within the confine of scholarship exposition. To understand Luther however, Oberman notes that people must […]

Three Issues of the Prophets

Introduction The Old Testament has five major sections namely law, history, wisdom, Major Prophets, and Minor Prophets. The work of prophets in the Old Testament was to guide people towards accepting God and believing in his ability to fulfill their needs. They also prophesied about the second coming of the messiah and provided insight on […]

Document Critical Analysis – Medieval Convivencia

Introduction Religious concepts in research have long been subjects of misconstrued, misinterpreted, misunderstood, or even misjudged ideas and conceptions by researchers of different classes. The issue concerning the myth of Medieval Convivencia, which relates to the Spanish history, is little understood, and thus regularly misconstrued. Cohen presents medieval Convivencia as a Spanish historical myth that […]

World of the New Testament

Introduction Seven Events that Shaped the New Testament World, is a book written by Warren Carter. The book has received many acknowledgements so far. Carter seeks to highlight economic, social and political situations that shaped the movement of Jesus and His disciples. Carter selects seven events that took place between 323 BCE and 397 CE. […]

The Gift of Speaking in Tongues

Introduction The gift of speaking in tongues is one of the gifts that the Holy Spirit bestows to Christians. Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He promised His disciples that He would send them the Holy Spirit. Jesus told the disciples that, “when the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the […]

The Roots of Religious and Social Opposition between Catholicism and Pentecostalism

The question of opposition between religions is rather controversial because religions are based on the system of beliefs which are associated with the human spirituality, but not with any rationales and efforts to achieve the definite goal. In reality, religions in their association with such institutions as churches have more similarities with the market brands […]

Jesuits in China

The Jesuit Mission The Jesuits in China represented one of the most significant events in the relations between China and the West. The Mission had a great impact in so many ways resulting in the revolution of China in a variety of fields. Moreover, it has always served as a near perfect example of the […]

Reasons why Constantine favored Christianity

Introduction There are numerous reasons why Constantine decided to favor Christianity. These incorporate political and military aspects as will be discussed later in this paper. Other reasons were principally personal since they were not politically motivated. First, it is important to the political grounds, which Constantine enjoyed while he was still in power. Since people […]

Religions of Mesoamerica

How the Codex Fejervary represents the body as the center of the world The Codex Fejérváry has represented the human body as the central point of the world using various imageries. In order to achieve the in-depth understanding of the correlation that exists between the human body and the world, certain unique elements of the […]

The state of religion in pre-Islamic Arabia

The state of religion in pre-Islamic Arabia was rather complicated and diverse. There was no single political structure that impacted the spread of religions considerations and beliefs. Looking at the modern Arabic land, it is impossible to imagine there another religion except Islam, however, before the implementation of this religion people on this land worshiped […]

The History and Significance of Recitative Quran

Reciting the Quran in part or whole (Recitative Quran), forms an integral part of the Muslim culture. The author argues that the oral character of the Quran is perceptible in every aspect of the Muslim culture, today as in any previous age of the Islamic history. The author points out that the recitative function of […]

Analyzing the Inculturation Process of Specific Historical Moments in the Development of the Christian Faith

Introduction Inculturation is still a new term in many theological sectors around the globe despite the fact that it came into existence in early seventies. Inculturation refers to the process of going against the culture or societal values in the process of developing faith. Christianity is a relatively new belief in many societies around the […]

The significance of Martin Luther and the protestant reformation in history of western civilization

Introduction Martin Luther is one of the greatest men known in history for the many developments he made. Among these developments is the protestant reformation (Bainton 44). In this reformation, Martin Luther strongly opposed the notion that people could free themselves from sin by exchanging God’s punishment with money. In his attempts to reform the […]

Islamic History about Sunni and Shia Muslims

Introduction After the death of Muhammad, the Muslim community convened a meeting at Saqifah. The outcome of the meeting was the election of Abu Bark as the caliph. Quite a number of Muhammad’s cohorts rowed this preference asserting that his cousin and son-in-law were the elected descendants. In fact, the Muslim population shortly separated into […]

Evidence of Transformation

The declaration of Ka’bah and its surrounding as ‘forbidden’, attracted traders as the Qurayshite formed an oligarchy that extended its forbidden status geographically and made the region economically strong. The Queayshites established a socio religious center within the ‘forbidden’ region where Allah reigned supreme. The centralization led to a selective observance of law according to […]

“Islam, A Short History” by Karen Armstrong

Introduction No faith in contemporary society is as feared and misconceived as Islam. It covers the general view as an extreme religion that supports terrorism, authoritarian leadership, gender imbalance, and civil war. In a fundamental review of this short story of Islam and condensing years of thoughts and writing about the issue, Karen Armstrong demonstrates […]

The origin of the concept of reincarnation

Introduction Animism attributes spirits and souls to inanimate and living things. In this belief system, souls are said to enter or exit a certain body when the body is ‘alive’ and ‘dead’ respectively. After departure, the soul then takes the form of a spirit and waits for the next ‘container’ that will host it. Evidently, […]

Religion Flourished Concubinage in Ancient China

Introduction The most prominent religions in ancient china were the Daoism and Confucianism. Daoism sought to instill virtues in human beings while Confucianism sought to show people the right way to live. The people who do not support concubinage could hardly expect it flourish where such religions existed. However, the contrary happened. The practice of […]

Reasons for the Success of the Jewish Yishuv in 1947

Introduction The birth of a Jewish nation occurred in 1948 when the United Nations established the state of Israel and the international community recognized it as a legitimate entity. However, this great accomplishment by the Jews took many years to realize. The single entity which is credited with the successful establishment of the state of […]

History of Judaism Religion

History of Judaism Judaism is not only a religion, but is a way of life for the Jews. It has had a history over of over 4000 years, with its origin found in the creation story. Judaism has founded other religions like Islam and Christianity. Abraham has been noted to be the first Jew after […]

History of the Pharisees in Christianity

Much of what is known about the Pharisees arguably comes from Biblical sources, specifically from the Christian tradition. There were many instances in the Gospels when Jesus was confronted by the Pharisees and vice versa. For the Pharisees, the “meticulous observance of the Torah and its commandments … reflects the highest form of divine service.”1 […]

Speaking in Tongues in Acts

Introduction Speaking in tongues is an interesting phenomenon with Christianity. In many occasion, people who witness this phenomenon for the very first time would find it funny, amusing, or even annoying. Such a reaction can be understood easily since this matter has also proven to be complex even to Christians and Theologians. It seems to […]

Religions imported from the Silk Road

Introduction The Silk Road is a network of trade routes that interconnected the western, Eastern and Southern Asia with Europe, East and North Africa, and the Mediterranean. These trade routes started being used at around the second century BC in the Han Dynasty. The routes were both on land and sea. There were sea routes […]

Christian Missionary Activity on Indigenous African Religion 1800-1900’s

Introduction Religion is a very complex and wide issue. It can be defined as a set of beliefs in regard to the various aspects associated with the universe for example its cause, nature and purpose. The universe is perceived as the creation of a supernatural being and hence there are devotional practices and ritual performances […]

The Family is God’s Tool of Revealing Himself to the World

God intends the family to be one of the fundamental units of society, with Adam the first man, being the symbolic father of the family of humanity. Since time immemorial the Christian family has played a crucial role not only as the solid foundation of the society but also as one of the units through […]

A Systematic Study of Suffering and Death in Christianity

Introduction Suffering and death are issues of major concern in Christianity today. The meaning conveyed by these two terms is dependent on the perspective from which an individual views it. The ordinary meaning of suffering is the process of undergoing physical or mental pain. On the other hand, the meaning of suffering from a Christian […]

The history of Bible making

Introduction The history of Bible making is an unclear subject to most people. Majority, especially Christians, blindly believe in the bible teachings without seeking to understand how it came about or where it came from. It is very important for Christians to understand this subject in order to comprehend more about their religion. By doing […]

Pagans of the Second Century AD

Paganism is the term that describes various spiritual practices and religious acts, which are not connected to Christianity. Pre-Christian Europe with Paganism, Judaism, and Islam still spread nowadays; and lots of people want to join these beliefs again. Pagans had their own ides as for significance of their lives and the things, which happened to […]

History of Christianity

Introduction Christianity is one of the world religions. The Christian practices have been changing throughout their history. The social and historic events influenced the Church and the Church influenced the political process in many countries as well. There were certain reasons for the changes in the Christian practices as well as the certain direction of […]

God Overreact and Floods the world by Alan Dershowitz

This article creates a shocking and compelling impression after reading it, and conceptualizing the claims of the author. Dershowitz has developed a clear and critical view on the story of the flood in the Bible. Through his compelling writing ability, the author has developed a very clear picture highlighting the imperfections of God in the […]

Two significant events of Christianity

Introduction In the history and tradition of Christianity, there are two very significant events. One of these is the role played by Martin Luther in the Protestant reformation. The other important concept concerns mysticism in Christian practice. The first part of this paper deals with the role played by Martin Luther in inspiring exodus from […]

The history of the Christian Church

Introduction The history of the Christian Church was an eventful process that was characterized by several periods marked by particular events and personalities. This paper looks at some of those events and personalities that shaped the Church as we know it today. The paper is divided into two sections. The first section (A) is concerned […]

The Reasons of the Christianity Decline in Europe

Introduction Christianity has undergone a serious decline in Europe over the last years. Europe had been the home to apostles such as Calvin, Luther, Aquinas, and Barth among many other apostles1. Christianity has been the largest religion in Europe in about two millenniums ago as many missionaries from the continent ventured to other regions of […]

Contemplating Islam in the 7th Century

The new religion established by a man named Mohammed is stirring up the hornet’s nest in my hometown of Makka. There are so many questions that linger in the air. It is a challenge to reconcile what Mohammed said in comparison to the current events of the 7th century. However, there is something about what […]

Comparison between Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece’s Burial Rituals

In every culture and era, death has been taken as an important period of human existence. This is characterized by the rituals, beliefs and items used during burial. The ancient Greeks and the ancient Egyptians also had their beliefs associated with death. This is evidenced by the rituals and the items used during the funeral […]

The Idea of Sacrifice in the Early Vedas

Introduction Sacrifice is an act of offering to a deity as a form of worship with some desired results expected. It usually imply ritual killing where blood is involved although other forms of offerings are also sacrifices. It is regarded as a means of obtaining power from one world over the other, over visible and […]

Orthodox Christianity and Creation Myth

Greek Orthodox Christianity believes in the teachings of the Logos- the Bible- the written Word of Jehovah that describes where everything came from. In this, the creation of the universe is viewed as a mystery with the origin from the sovereign God in the presence of the Holy Trinity. All through the Logo, there are […]

Christianity: Origins, Beliefs and Symbols

Introduction It is a fact beyond doubt that there are many religions in the world today. The religions vary from one to the other although there are some common features which are to be found in all of them. For example, most of the religions believe in the existence of a supernatural being or beings. […]

Definition and History of Fundamentalism

Introduction Fundamentalism refers to a set of beliefs and values that require strict observance of certain theological doctrines. It is a reaction to the demands of modern theology in an effort to promote accuracy and continuity of certain theological teachings. The word fundamentalism originally referred to certain theological beliefs that developed into a movement among […]

Global Mission Paper

In the book called The New Global Mission: The Gospel from Everywhere to Everyone, the author introduces the Christian mission in a different context. In particular, at the beginning of the twenty-fist century, Christianity is considered from a broad global perspective, with initiating pilgrimages and missionaries from all regions to all people. While exploring the […]

The Islamic Societies History

Introduction Islam plays a significant role in lives of many believers. It has been the unifying factor for many Muslims due to belief in one God and Muhammad as His Prophet. This essay explores the views of Muslims on the role of religion, politics, and military affairs, and how did this play out in the […]

Christianity in the middle Ages

The origin of the Church can be traced back to the New Testament, especially during the time of Jesus. The early church spread after the death, resurrection, as well as ascending of Jesus, which historians believe to have happened during 30 A. D. While it began, the Christian Church mainly focused on the teachings of […]

Christianity in medieval civilization

Introduction Society is made up of people who have a common origin and are governed by common rules and share common beliefs. The society’s affairs are often influenced by numerous factors such as politics, religion, culture, and ideas among many others. Many of these factors have such an influence on the peoples’ minds, that they […]

The Rise of Western Christendom

Christendom refers to the medieval phase, in the Christian world.[1] The medieval period may be described as the phase that connected ancient times and modern times. The phase represented a shift from the culture of Graeco−Roman to Romano-Germanic, through Christianity. This paper argues that early medieval Christianity derived its character more from the universal church […]

Hellenization and Its Affects on the birth and spread of Christianity

What is Hellenization? Hellenization is a term that is commonly used in describing the spread of the culture of the ancient Greeks as well as, to a smaller degree, the Greek language in particular. This issue includes the indication of the rate at which the culture spread was the highest among all the foreign nations […]

Christianity in the Roman Empire

Introduction There has always been a link between Rome and Christianity since the first Christians were Romans in the sense that they lived in the Roman Empire and had their culture and language heavily influenced by the dominant Roman culture. However, in its early years, Christianity had negligible political power compared to the Roman Empire. […]

Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

What is Philo’s position concerning natural and revealed religion? Philo was a Jewish philosopher who lived in 20BC and died in 50D.He was born in Alexandria and through his works he tried to create harmony between the Jewish philosophy and the Greek Philosophy. He had a staunch connection to the Greeks Stoic Philosophers. He was […]

The Difference in Methods Used by the French Jesuits and the Spanish Franciscans in the New World

The Catholic and Protestant churches made many efforts in order to spread their beliefs in the New World and to convert the Native Americans. The most successful were the French Jesuits and the Spanish Franciscans. The Spanish converted thousands of Indians in South and Central America: Mexico, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador, while […]

Rise of Christianity in Medieval Europe

Christianity started humbly as a Jewish sect in Roman-dominated Palestine, but it grew to become a continental and world religion in the middle ages. Certain qualities in Christianity were responsible for this radical outcome. First, Jesus’ message represented a radical departure from traditional religions at the time. Furthermore, the early Church remained zealous about their […]

Historical background of Islamic faith

Islamic faith has evolved in history from the times of Muhammad to present times. The term Islam denotes submission to God’s will. Every object must conform to the will of God/Allah or nature’s law. Reasonable creatures like a human being are free to choose whether to conform or not. The faith teaches that God’s power […]

The Rise of the Roman Catholic Papacy

Introduction The pope is currently the leader of the Catholic Church throughout the world. Early popes spread Christianity as well as doctrines of the Catholic Church, although using different tactics and means opposed to normal ways. The Roman Church converted the Roman Emperor as well as other European countries into the pope’s secular kingdom. The […]

The Relationship between Native Americans and Christians

Introduction The relationship between Christianity and Native Americans has been a matter of great debate for many years. This topic has been explored in many short stories written by Americans. Among the many stories on this subject, the best example is by Louise Erdrich titled Saint Marie and another is by Leslie Marmon Silko titled […]

The Second Vatican Ecumenical Council

Introduction The Second Vatican Council was the twenty-first ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church is considered the brainchild of Pope John XXIII. The council commenced on the October 11th 1962 with an inaugural speech given by the Pontiff (Comby and MacCulloch 56). From this speech, he outlined some of the major issues that he […]

Religious development in Southeast Asia

Introduction As industrialization progressed and its effects were felt in Europe where it began, the necessity for searching for new raw materials outside the European continent to a place where they would find cheap and readily available arose. As a result, the Europeans started looking for colonies where they could rule and access raw materials […]

Case Study: Latin America and the Catholic Church

Introduction It has been argued that conservatives in Latin American had a mutual support with the Catholic Church. A wealthy regime came to limelight but ignored the plight of the poor in the society. This prompted the priests to join efforts with the Marxist to criticize the conservative way the government was running the country. […]

History of Islam in China

The history of Islam in China mostly dates back to the period of Mohammad (Pbuh). During this era, China was regarded as the most developed nation worldwide. It is believed that the existence of Islam in China can even be traced earlier than this, during the period of Uthman ibn Affan which is taken as […]

Concept and History of the Biblical Prophets

A prophet is someone who is able to foretell the future and accurately give a description of events that are going to befall a nation or a given people. He is a religious figure and is claimed to have received divine revelation from a supernatural entity hence, he is regarded as a sacred individual. In […]

The concerns of Christians in the 13th and 14th Centuries

Introduction Within religion there emerged strong concern and emphasis on the process of renewal and Christian reformation. The Christians of the 13th and 14th century saw the need of approaching such kind of renewal and reformation through reassertion of spiritual priorities, which helped in bringing new life and energy to the societies like that of […]

Spiritual Diversity in the Christian Religion

Introduction Christianity is a historical religion that revolves around Jesus Christ as the Lord and savior of humankind. It claims its origin right from the Garden of Eden in the creation story where the first man and woman fell into sin. Jesus came to rescue man and reconnect him to God. Understanding of these facts […]

The Origin of Buddhism

The origin of Buddhism can be traced back from Hinduism religion in India though it is important to note that its introduction to Japan was through China. Buddhism in Japan was divided into four periods as we shall discuss below. These periods include the Nara period which ran from 701-794, it was then followed by […]

Martin Luther’s Translation of the Bible

Martin Luther, the once devoted Catholic, one day came across a bible hidden in one of the apartments of Erfurt University library. Upon reading the book keenly, Luther encountered significant differences between what his Catholic Church taught and what the bible said concerning issues like relying on the church fathers for the remission of sins. […]

History of Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday is a very important celebration because it marks the resurrection of Jesus. Easter originated when the first Christian missionaries started to preach the gospel in Europe in an attempt to convert the German Anglo-Saxons to Christianity. The four gospel books in the bible offers some insight on the emotional effect the first Easter […]

The Heart of Christianity in a Time of Change

For many years the question of “what is the heart of Christianity?” has lingered in the minds of many believers. This has led to new ways of seeing Christianity and what it means to be a Christian to emerge. These new ways of understanding Christianity differ from the dominant way that has been in existence […]

Taoism: Growth of Religion

Introduction Taoism is a Chinese theoretical and religious system, which was the basis for a civilization in olden China. Lao-Tzu born in 604 BCE is said to be the initiator of Taoism. Buddhism had a significant impact on Zionism after its initiation in China. Taoism supported Buddhism and basically united with it. People saw Buddhism […]

Native American Spiritualism

By definition, Spiritualism can be defined as a belief in the possibility of a way of communication between human beings and the spirits of the living dead and the mechanisms through which this is achieved in practice. In its doctrine, Spiritualism argues that all that is within the universe can not only exhibit the material […]