Martin Luther’s On the Freedom of a Christian & John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion

In 1520, Martin Luther wrote a book called On the Freedom of a Christian. Luther continued discussion on the doctrine of justification by faith, which said that faith alone justifies people so they can have eternal life. Luther said that good works, or good actions that we do, can not get us to heaven. Only … Continue reading Martin Luther’s On the Freedom of a Christian & John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion

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Are the Decameron and the Canterbury Tales closer in outlook to Greek and Roman literature than they are to Hebrew, Christian, and medieval literature?

The Black Death was a deadly outbreak of the plague that arrived in Europe in the mid 14th century. The Black death impacted Medieval society immensely, and the outlook of the people was changed permanently. In the words of Boccaccio in his Decameron that: "...practices contrary to the former habits of the citizens would hardly … Continue reading Are the Decameron and the Canterbury Tales closer in outlook to Greek and Roman literature than they are to Hebrew, Christian, and medieval literature?

Did The Little Flowers give the common man confidence regarding life beyond the grave?

The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi had several stories about the afterlife of some friars in the Franciscan order. One of the stories describes a devout friar named John Della Penna. He joined the Franciscan Order as a child, expecting to go to heaven at once. He did not go to heaven as … Continue reading Did The Little Flowers give the common man confidence regarding life beyond the grave?

The ethical teachings of Jesus vs. the ethical behavior of Zeus

Jesus taught people about the kingdom of God, healed people, and cared for people. Jesus preached in the Jewish synagogues and called the people to repent from their sins. He called them to a higher ethical standard. Jesus, the Bible says, was sinless. Jesus called sinners to repentance from their sins. He called them to … Continue reading The ethical teachings of Jesus vs. the ethical behavior of Zeus

The main issues dividing Jesus and the religious leaders of Israel

Jesus and the religious leaders in Israel did not get along. They had many disagreements between each other, but the biggest one was Jesus’ calling out of their hypocrisy and the assertion of his authority. Jesus claimed that He had the authority to forgive sins (Mark 2:5). The Pharisees had many strict rules with which … Continue reading The main issues dividing Jesus and the religious leaders of Israel

The importance of Jesus’ miracles in the book of Mark

In the biblical book of Mark (an abbreviation of The Gospel According to Mark), Mark records many miracles that Jesus did. Most of these miracles were healing certain people of their illnesses or disabilities. Jesus used miracles to help others and to reinforce the message He was preaching. Not everyone appreciated the miracles Jesus did. … Continue reading The importance of Jesus’ miracles in the book of Mark