Jan 202012

Question by Adam: how was the french revolution influenced by enlightenment ideas?
im writing a DBQ essay on the french revolution, things that lead to a political rev, and characteristics of a political rev. im trying to fit the enlightenment into the causes section. help please?

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Answer by Cabal
The idea that men were equal went again the grain of the whole feudal/class system. Once people started believing that they were not inferior and did not have to be at the bottom just because they were born of lower class people, things started to unravel.

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Aug 292011

Question by ‘: Do Islam and Christianity have been influenced by Gnosticism?
Gnosticism is a religious movement consisting of various doctrines of the Mediterranean and the Middle East that are usually characterized by the belief that men are divine souls trapped in a material world created by an evil god or imperfect called the demiurge. The movement reached its peak during the second century.

Is that Gnosticism has influenced Islam and Christianity today?

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Answer by ♥Riyen’s Mom & Ayah due 4.20

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Jul 222011

Question by Alex P: How was the Declaration and the Constitution influenced by the Enlightenment ideas?
Like specific examples of it influencing the Declaration and Consititution and the enlightenment thinker that supported the idea.

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Answer by historybuff
They adopted the ideas of belief in reason; democracy (rather than tyranny); and in the liberty, equality and brotherhood of everyone.

Enlightenment thinkers supporting these ideas included the French philosophes (philosophers) Voltaire, Rousseau and Diderot.

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Mar 282011

Question by lundstroms2004: Do you think that the tectonic activity of Japan influenced early Shinto Mystics and Animists?

In what ways?

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Feb 182011

Question by Hello123: How has religion influenced the creation of government in both North and South Korea?
Any specific laws that have been influenced by religion? How do politics and religion interact in the modern-day North and South Korea? Has religion had an influence in the military?

These are some of the questions I am working on for my research project, feel free to add any more information that could be relevant to religion’s influence on government! THANK YOU! =D

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Answer by Jeff Timm
I’m unsure about the scenario with South Korea, but in North Korea, the head of government is seen as a divine figure in a religious system known as a “cult of personality”. Like the Pharaohs of Egypt, or King Bhumibol of Thailand, Kim Jong Il is seen by North Korean citizens as an infallible leader and god.

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Feb 022011

Question by Knight of The Lord’s Table: Do you know the origin of the Cross? Has the early Catholic Church influenced modern Christianity?
Surprising as it may sound, the cross was in use as a religious symbol for thousands of years before Jesus Christ ever walked the earth. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia:

The sign of the cross, represented in its simplest form by a crossing of two lines at right angles, greatly antedates, in both East and the West, the introduction of Christianity. It goes back to a very remote period of human civilization (1908 edition, volume 4, p. 517).

An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Traditional Symbols authored by J.C. Cooper confirms the ancient origins of the cross. A universal symbol from the most remote times; it is the cosmic symbol par excellence. It is a world center and therefore a point of communication between heaven and earth and a cosmic axis, thus sharing the symbolism of the cosmic tree, mountain, pillar, ladder etc (p. 45).

Later, the Celtic cross came to symbolize the four roads to the corners of the earth.

Unger’s Bible Dictionary confirms the usage of the cross in ancient times as a pagan symbol. The authors write: That the cross was widely known in pre-Christian times as an emblem that was a well-known Heathen Sign. The vestments of the priest of Horus the Egyptian god of light are marked by a cross. At Thebes, in the tombs of the kings, royal cows are represented plowing, a calf playing in front. Each animal has a cross marked in several places on it. Rassam found buildings at Nineveh marked with the Maltese cross. Osiris, as well as Jupiter Ammon, had for a monogram a cross.

The form of the cross now used in Christianity actually had its origin in the letter “T.” This was the traditional symbol for Tammuz, the ancient god of the Chaldeans and Egyptians. Tammuz was the brother of Ishtar, the goddess of fertility who is now unwittingly worshiped by millions of professing Christians on the holiday that bears a form of her name—Easter. The symbol for Tammuz is what the mystery religions call the mystic “T.” It is an emblem of great antiquity, and it is sometimes called “the sign of life.”

The lower case “t”, or cross, was originally used as an amulet over the heart. Sometimes it was inscribed on the garments of pagan priests, and other ancient pagan religions used it as part of the dress of vestal virgins. This Pagan symbol … the Tau, the sign of the cross, the indisputable sign of Tammuz, the false Messiah … the mystic Tau of the Chaldeans (Babylonians) and Egyptians—the true original form of the letter T—the initial of the name of Tammus … (was) the Babylonian emblem of Tammuz.

Buddhists believe that the cross represents both the tree of life and spiritual nourishment.

The Hindus also incorporate the symbol of the cross in their faith. They call the cross the “rajas,” the expansion of being.

The linguistic evidence from the Bible suggests that Jesus was crucified not on a cross, but on an upright stake, or post. The original word that the King James translators rendered as “cross” is the Greek word “stauros.” Found 28 times in the New Testament, the word “cross” in every single case is the Greek word “stauros.” In Strong’s Dictionary of the Greek language, the word is defined as “an upright post or stake.”

Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words: [Stauros] denotes an upright pole or stake. Both the noun and the verb stauroo, to fasten to a stake or pole, are originally to be distinguished from the ecclesiastical form of a two-beamed cross. The shape of the latter had its origin in ancient Chaldea (Babylon), and was used as the symbol of the god Tammuz (being in the shape of the mystic Tau, the initial of his name).

Has the “Universal Church” or Catholic Church duped Christians subtley?

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Answer by Christopher
Christ died on the cross.

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Jun 212010

Question by SkyWalker – Smiles:)): Was Christianity influenced by ancient pagan mystery religions?

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Answer by Eros
The bible is the ancient mystery religion hehe…. Christianity is like the dry drunk unspiritual backwards version of it. After learning the true meanings of the myths and having my own mystical/mysterious spiritual experiences, there’s no way I could ever be a Christian again… Christianity is just a backwards political sham to control people, I have true freedom, and no god.

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