Research Papers on Religion & Mythology / Mixed

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  • Sexual Indulgence as Taught in the Satanic Bible

    This 4 page paper analyzes the contentions presented by Anton Szandor LaVey in the Satanic Bible. LaVey’s argument that people should use no restraint in their sexual activities is flawed from many perspectives. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Rainbow Importance in the Native American Poem 'The Vision'

    A 1 page expletive essay on the poem The Vision. The author writes about their feelings of what the poem means and is trying to explain.

  • Poetic Portrayals of Icarus's Fall

    A 4 page review of the poems “Musee des Beaux” by W.H. Auden, “Landscape With the Fall of Icarus” by W. C. Williams, and “Waiting for Icarus” by Muriel Rukeyser. Interestingly the first two of these poems were inspired by the painting “Fall of Icarus” by Peter Breughel. The author of this paper describes the details of this painting and contrasts the styles of these three poets. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Rainbow Importance in the Native American Poem 'The Vision'

    A 1 page expletive essay on the poem The Vision. The author writes about their feelings of what the poem means and is trying to explain.

  • Poetic Portrayals of Icarus's Fall

    A 4 page review of the poems “Musee des Beaux” by W.H. Auden, “Landscape With the Fall of Icarus” by W. C. Williams, and “Waiting for Icarus” by Muriel Rukeyser. Interestingly the first two of these poems were inspired by the painting “Fall of Icarus” by Peter Breughel. The author of this paper describes the details of this painting and contrasts the styles of these three poets. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Poetic Analysis of 'The Battle of Frogs and Mice'

    This 5 page paper discusses the poem "The Battle of Frogs and Mice" and what it might mean for our age. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • 'The Odyssey' of Homer and the Hebrew Bible Compared

    A 5 page comparison of the first chapter of the Hebrew Bible and Homer's epic poem, 'The Odyssey.' Throughout history, from the time of the earliest civilizations, there have been literary compositions that attempted to explain life and the consequences of human action as it might relate to divine will. Each culture has addressed the relationship to the divine its own fashion. Homer expressed this for the ancient Greeks and unknown Hebrew scholars recorded the oral traditions of the Jewish tribes. No additional sources cited.

  • Addressing the Problem of Native American Suicide

    This 4 page paper investigates the reasons behind the escalated suicide rates experience among some Native American groups. This is a problem being addressed by mental health professionals in close association with tribal spiritual leaders. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • The Illusionist as Myth

    A 4 page essay in which the writer argues that there are numerous factors in director Neil Burger’s 2006 film The Illusionist that draw upon the classic archetypes of myth. First of all, the imagery of the film draws directly on the symbolism of myth, but also, and more prominently, the concept of two rivals who vie for the attention of the Goddess constitutes the film’s pivotal focus. Examination of this film demonstrates that, at its heart, is an ancient pattern that is played out in terms of turn-of-the twentieth century Vienna. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • US Lutheran Church and its History

    A 6 page paper that explores the changes that the Lutheran Church has undergone since its introduction to America beginning in the 1600s. Discussed are the divisions and reunification that the Lutheran Church in America has experienced during the twentieth century and the differences that still remain between the traditional Lutheran Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Holy Qur'an History

    5 pages in length. A deeply religious man who loathed his society's decadence, Muhammad found that meditation was successful at easing his distress. From the time when he saw the vision in the Cave of Mt. Hira, the prophet continued his duty as God's messenger for another twenty-three years; all his prolific teachings are found in the Qur'an. The writer discusses the historical impact of the Qur'an. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Theology and Psychology Integration

    A 10 page research essay discussing the how and why psychology and theology, or religion, should be integrated. Beginning with some statements and citations about the integration of science and religion, or theology, and moving into specific examples of the integration of religion and psychology, the writer offers evidence from the literature to support the premise these two should be integrated. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • God's Word and The Bible

    A 14 page paper in which the writer examines -- from a philosophical perspective, how we can say on the basis of divine revelation that The Bible is the word of God? Rather than look at the complex angles of that interpretation, we can take a simpler route to the answer. Why do the interpretations of the fall differ? In fact, there is validity in all interpretations : This -- and other relevant issues such as the underlying message of St. John's writings that preparedness in faith and unconditional love of God shall result in salvation. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Exegesis on Luke 1: 26-38

    A 4 page paper that provides an exegetical overview Luke's narrative in verses 26-38. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Double Reference View of Genesis 6:3 V Matthew 24:37

    A 2 page paper that discusses the validity of using the principle of double reference when interpreting these two Biblical passages. Examples and supporting evidence are provided. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Creation, Man's Fall, and the Great Flood in Metamorphoses of Ovid and The Holy Bible

    A 5 page paper that compares and contrasts the accounts of creation, the fall of man and the flood as told by the Bible and Ovid in Metamorphoses. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Judges in the Bible

    A 4 page paper which examines the role of judges in Israel in the Bible. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Moses Wrote the Pentateuch or Did He?

    This 4 page paper discusses the question of whether or not Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible, and argues that while it’s not possible to answer the question definitively, it is unlikely that he is the sole author of these works. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Comparative Analysis of Floods in the Epic of Gilgamesh and in Genesis

    A five page paper which looks at the similarities between the legend of the Flood as described in the Christian Bible, and the Flood of Ut-napishtim in Mesopotamian myth, with reference to research which asserts that both legends may have arisen from a local event in the valley of the Euphrates. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Christianity and War

    A 6 page paper on the connection between Christianity and war — the proclivity to bring religious elements into the war game by such deadly leaders as Hitler, Stalin, etc. The writer posits that most of this can be blamed on misinterpretation of The Bible to meet the leaders' political desires, but that 'the masses' are those who are actually capable of peace. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • The Behemoth and the Leviathan

    A 3 page paper that discusses the beasts in this chapter. There are many beasts described in the Bible. Typically, there is little agreement about what the beast really is. This essay discusses what these creatures might be and whether they are real or just myths. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Angels as God's Messengers in The Bible

    This 6 page essay investigates the concept of angels throughout the Bible. Specific verses are cited to illustrate the various roles of angels, including but not limited to: protectors, warriors, chastisers, encouragers, predictors of the future and instructors, always fulfilling the word of God. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Bible Morality and Warfare

    An 8 page paper that considers the topic of warfare as it relates to the morality of the Bible. This paper contends that there are different considerations presented in the Old and New Testament. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Galileo's Defense in His Letter to the Duchess

    5 page analytical review of an infamous letter from Galileo to the Dutchess in his own defense (many accused him of disrespecting principles set forth in the bible). Please send e-mail to request more information. No Bibliography.

  • Myth, Fact, and Early Christianity

    A 4 page research paper that which addresses traditional Christian dogma that asserts that the Bible is literally true and that the story of Jesus' life, death and resurrection are unique. However, examination of ancient myth and Jewish tradition shows that this is not the case. Early Christians not only drew heavily on Hebrew scripture in describing the life of Christ, they also borrowed heavily from the pagan religions that they presumed to abhor. It seems reasonable to presume that this practice gave the new religion a ring of authenticity with various populations as it was not very different from the religions that preceded it. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Apostle Paul's Letter to the Romans

    A 6 page analysis of the epistle to the Romans contained within the Holy Bible. The writer argue that Paul presents a theological argument that concerns the nature of sin and how God's grace applies to all of humanity, and not just the Jewish people. It would appear that at this time there was still some controversy over whether or not the message of Jesus was meant exclusively for Jews, and whether or not, Gentiles had to convert to Judaism, i.e. be circumcised, in order to become Christian. Other points of the argument are covered as well. No additional sources cited.

  • Jesus' Betrayal by Judas

    A 7 page paper that discusses the events surrounding Judas' betrayal of Jesus. Judas is one of the most talked about figures in the Bible and yet there are very few references to him. These are discussed. Also discussed is why Judas found it necessary to kiss Jesus in the Garden when by all accounts everyone knew who Jesus was. The disparity in the incident in the Garden is pointed out as is the disparity in Judas' final actions. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Jesus and Christology

    A 5 page research essay exploring contemporary study of Christology. The focus of Christology is somewhat different depending on which theologian one reads, however one definition that seems to be accepted is that Christology and bible studies are 'two aspects of a single inquiry into divine revelation.' It also focuses on the life of Jesus and once again asks the question, 'Who was He?' This writer contends that some things in life must be accepted on faith and 'who Jesus is' is one of those things. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Chosen People and Judaism

    A 4 page research paper on the history and religious tradition of 'The Chosen People.' The writer describes the concept of 'the chosen people' in Judaism and its role in Judaism and Jewish theology. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • The Primacy of Christ in Colossians

    This is a 4 page paper that provides an overview of the theology espoused in Colossians. Paul's conception of Christ as primary cause is the focus. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Holy Qur'an History

    5 pages in length. A deeply religious man who loathed his society's decadence, Muhammad found that meditation was successful at easing his distress. From the time when he saw the vision in the Cave of Mt. Hira, the prophet continued his duty as God's messenger for another twenty-three years; all his prolific teachings are found in the Qur'an. The writer discusses the historical impact of the Qur'an. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Power Structure Issues in Ancient Greece

    This 4 page paper looks at power-structure in Ancient Greece. Ovid's Metamorphoses is referred to extensively. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Eastern and Western Mythology and Women

    6 pages in length. The treatment of women in Indian mythology compared with that of Greek and Roman mythology proves to be not all that different from one another. Women, in general mythological terms, are primarily in existence to act as man's servant, both menially and sexually. To go so far as to say their treatment is barbaric, particularly in Greek and Roman mythology, would not be making an extreme statement. Indian mythology, on the other hand, utilizes the poor treatment of women in a slightly more domestic manner without the severity of physical harm so prevalent in Western mythology. The writer compares the treatment of women as it relates to Eastern and Western mythology. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Herakles Presentation by Playwrights and Artists

    This 14 page paper examines the background of the Greek god Herakles and how this mythalogical figure is depicted in art. Additionally, this paper examines whether various pieces of art depicting Herakles depict a consistant image.

  • Comparing Greek and Roman Gods, Goddesses

    A 3 page research paper that discusses the mythology of ancient Greece and Rome and how their pantheons differed. This also addresses what the differences imply about Roman traits. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Contrasting and Comparing German Dictator Adolf Hitler and Greek God Hades

    5 pages in length. A cold heart and calculating mind are what bind the Greek god Hades and German assassin Adolf Hitler. When one compares the similarities by which they undertook their unrelenting wickedness, it is with little difficulty that one can draw myriad common denominators where these two historical characters are concerned. Hitler, in his self-prescribed superiority, sought to annihilate the entire Jewish population in an effort to cleanse the world of what he deemed as unworthy people; Hades, whose inherent powers afforded him the ability to inflict pain and misery on all who came into the underworld, relished this hegemony. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Function and Morphology of Eastern Dragons

    A 10 page overview of dragons. The author distinguishes between Eastern and Western dragons noting that while in the West dragons are typically regarded as evil and something to be eradicated, Eastern dragons are most often revered. Morphology and function differs radically, however, even among eastern dragons. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Myths and Legends Surrounding Vampires

    A 6 page discussion of vampires of legend and the threats which those vampires may present even today. Some contend they are simply folklore while other contend that they wander the earth even today as estranged souls, separated from the living by their own immortality. Fiction, fantasy, cultism, or reality? The author of this paper leaves that decision for you to make. Suggested for consideration, however, is the premise that the threat of vampires may have little to do with losing our souls to the living dead, that perhaps it has more to do with allowing the circumstances of the time to control our thoughts and our emotions. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • The Basic Tenants of Christianity and Islam

    This 3 page paper compares and contrasts these basic tenants. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Comparative Analysis of Floods in the Epic of Gilgamesh and in Genesis

    A five page paper which looks at the similarities between the legend of the Flood as described in the Christian Bible, and the Flood of Ut-napishtim in Mesopotamian myth, with reference to research which asserts that both legends may have arisen from a local event in the valley of the Euphrates. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Great Flood in the Book of Genesis and the Epic of Gilgamesh

    This paper, which is written in Turabian Style with footnotes, compares and contrasts the telling of the Great Flood in the Book of Genesis and The Epic of Gilgamesh. The paper uses sources (as well as the original documents themselves) to determine the similiarites and differences between the two stories. Bibliography lists 17 sources.

  • Athena's Selective Assistance to Heroes

    5 pages in length. Athena, the strong and outspoken female goddess, was the conduit between many heroes and their ultimate conquests in battle, coming to the aid of such men of distinguished valor as Herakles, Perseus and Odysseus. While her protective shield was bestowed upon these heroes, it was denied from others who beckoned for and needed her help just as much as the others; however, she was partial to heroes in battle, helping only them in their duties and challenges. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Athena, The Virgin Goddess

    A 7 page research paper that explores a hypothesis concerning the virginity of the goddess Athena. This hypothesis posits that the way that the ancient Greeks conceived virginity played a significant role in the way that the goddess was conceptualized. The writer argues that an examination of literature verifies this hypothesis. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Athena and Juno in Homer and Virgil

    This 7 page paper explores the role of the goddesses Athena and Juno in “The Odyssey” by Homer and “The Aeneid” by Virgil. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Greek Mythology and Literature and the Gods' Incestuous Relationships

    A 7 page essay on the incestuous relationships reported in Greek mythology and Greek plays. The writer lists a number of incestuous relationships between Zeus, his brothers and sisters and progeny, and also gives examples from and commentary on plays such as Oedipus Rex, Medea and Agamemnon in support of the thesis. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Judaism and Ancient Egyptian Religion

    This 3 page paper covers two subjects: the relationship between ancient Egyptian religion and the idea of death; and ancient Judaism. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Women's Roles in Homer's 'The Odyssey'

    This 5-page paper focuses on the role the women played in Homer's The Odyssey, and how their roles helped add to the story's adventures.

  • Christianity and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

    A 3 page essay discussing the resurrection of Christ according to the gospel and how it affects Christian life today. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Greek Mythology, Hesiod’s Five Ages of Man, and the Story of Zeus and Other Olympic Deities

    In five pages this paper compares Hesiod’s Five Ages of Man with Ovid’s Four Ages of Mankind creation myth; and also compares and contrasts the story of Zeus with Olympic deities Poseidon and Hades in order to examine why their interactions with Zeus and stories about their origins are important to understanding Greek mythology. Three sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Ancient Greece and the Worshippers of Zeus

    A 4 page analysis of the appeal of Zeus to Greek society. The paper argues that Zeus changed from a fickle and furious weather-god to a champion of justice, as his worshippers changed from illiterate tribesmen to the highest culture of the ancient world. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Zoroastrian and Hindu Myth Parallels to the Battle of Zeus and Typhon

    This 4 page report discusses the fact that some of the world’s most fascinating stories and myths are surprisingly similar despite the thousands of miles and years between lands and cultures. They each follow a very similar pattern, although that of the battle between Zeus and Typhon is the most well-delineated and graphically-portrayed of any of them. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • 2 Different Cultures' Trickster Myths

    In 6 pages, the writer discusses examples of Trickster myths from two different cultures and demonstrates their distinguishing factors, as well as what they each have in common. They are the closest to the arche, or the beginning of the world of human consciousness. This is a time of ambiguity and ambivalence, when chaos warred with order and differentiation, and when the gods were born. The Trickster figure embodies human ambivalence and ambiguity through his cunning, unpredictable behavior Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Myths and Their Style of Narrative

    An 8 page paper discussing the narrative style of myths in different cultures. There are differing views among scholars and anthropologists concerning the structure of myths. The writer explores these disparities in great detail. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • European Impact of the Germanic Invasion

    5 pages in length. The writer discusses the impact Germanic invasions had upon Europe as a whole. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • The Life and Accomplishments of Louis the Pious

    A 5 page essay on Charlemagne's only legitimate son. The writer posits that although Louis was a weak governor in many ways, which resulted in his failure to unite Germany, he instilled within all of the Germanic tribes the desire for study. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Italy During the Renaissance Era and the Roles Played by Nonelites and Women

    A 5 page paper that considers the role of women and non-elites in Renaissance Italy and outlines the elements of the Italian court. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Italian

  • The Voyage of Cabeza de Vaca Three Themes Assessment

    5 pages in length. The writer discusses the following three themes in relation to Cabeza de Vaca's voyage: how the Spaniards and Indians viewed one another; Spaniard hatred and racism toward the Indians; and assimilating into Indian culture. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • 3 Indigenous Cultures and Marriage

    A 9 page overview of marriage in three indigenous cultures from three separate geographic areas: The Inca, the Navajo and the Masai. Provides general information about marital responsibilities and ritual. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • The Roots of Dependency by Richard White

    A 5 page paper that provides an overview of the life and work of White and reflects on the major themes in his The Roots of Dependency. White's book essentially discusses the subsistence, environment and social change among Native American tribes in his work The Roots of Dependency. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Biblical Study on Israel's Creation

    A 6 page essay on the establishment of Israel. The writer states that the will of the nomadic Israelites was to settle in a rich valley and establish a settlement, and shows how the political cannot be separated from the religious in the story of Israelite settlement. To keep up their vision, they relied on prophets to guide them, but in the end, King David, a warrior, saw to the actualization of their dream, although they attribute his presence to the will of God. Biblical passages studied include passages from Samuel I and II. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Prophecies in The Book of Revelation

    This 7 page essay investigates the claims that the prophecies found in the Book of Revelation are coming true in today's world. Writers point to specific events in the world and link these to specific verses in Revelation. Critics say that this type of activity has been going on for 2,000 years and that the interpretations are changed to fit the events of the day. Bibliography lists 16 sources.

  • Theories of Evolution and Creation

    A 9 page outline of the theories of creationism and evolution. Outlines the strengths and weaknesses of each and concludes that neither is inherently superior to the other. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Seven Feasts of the Lord Discussed

    3 pages in length. The book of Leviticus sets forth that there are Seven Feasts of the Lord, which are also referred to as Festivals, that are instrumental in celebrating religious events. These Feasts and Festivals are remembrances in reflection of God's considerable acts of salvation He performed for His people. Hence the name, it is not unusual to find that a good number of these celebrations were cycled in a series of seven, which follow such a process as to climax on the seventh day. The writer discusses the significance of the cycle of seven, as well as the various feasts. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Judaizers and Khazars

    This 7 page report discusses the medieval world of Khazaria, a Judaic warrior kingdom that was the crossroads of culture and trade between Byzantium, the Arab Empire, and Russia during the early to middle years of the medieval timeframe. The Judaizers were those earliest believers in the Christian Church that Gentile Christians should also adhere to Mosaic law. Their beliefs and practices resulted in one of the first great controversies of the ancient Christian faith. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Second Temple Period and Pharisees, Essenes, and Sadducees

    A 9 page research paper on the emergence of the above sects from 44 B.C.E. to 70 A.D. The writer presents a comparison of these philosophies to the 'Jewish mind' or consciousness developed since biblical times and concludes with a comparison of these influences with today's Jewish consciousness. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Zen Koans and Pratityasamutpada Buddhism

    A 5 page research essay on the similar use of koans between the pratityasamutpada (ancient) and Zen forms of Buddhism. The writer provides a background for the similarity between the two forms of Buddhism, and discusses examples of the koans and the reasons behind them—the Middle Way. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Buddhism and Feminism

    A 6 page research paper on the emergence of Buddhist feminism and the quest for equality within the Buddhist religion. The paper gives a brief background of the Buddhist background of male domination and describes the struggle and achievement of Buddhist women within the last 15 years to attain equality. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Yoga in Buddhism and Hinduism

    An 8 page research paper on Yoga, -- an ancient Sanskrit word generally meaning 'union,' which refers to a method of gaining a certain profound release from the bondage of Karma and rebirth that has constituted the highest aim for most Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains for millenniums. Properties, practices, and forms of Yoga are discussed with relevance to the historical impact that this tradition has had-- focusing primarily upon its relevance to Hinduism. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Eastern Religions Vedanta and Yoga

    A 4 page paper that reflects a comparison between Yoga and Vedanta and their application in an understanding of Eastern religions. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Confucianism and Taoism Comparison

    A 4 page paper that provides a comparison of Taoism and Confucianism and their applications for an understanding of modern Eastern culture. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Khwaja Kamal Ud Din's Islam to East and West

    A 5 page analysis of the book Islam to East and West by Khwaja Kamal-Ud-Din, who makes a persuasive argument on the superiority of the Islamic faith as well as its growth. Bibliography lists 1 source. Ud-din.wps

  • Islamic Culture and Women in So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba

    In Mariama Ba's work So Long a Letter, Ba creates two central and strong female characters who contradict the standard role of women in African communities dominated by Islamic doctrines, like that of Senegal. This 3 page paper provides a concise overview of the elements in Ba's novel that support this supposition. No additional sources cited.

  • Muhammad and Islam

    A well-organized 7 page report on Islamic belief and the life & importance of Muhammad. The Prophet's role as God's messenger is discussed as are various issues concerning the meaning and purpose of Mecca, the Koran (Qu'ran) and more.. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Islamic Modernism and its Development

    9 pages in length. An insightful essay on Islamic Modernism as it began in the 19th century preceded by movements to improve the political and economic situations of the Muslim world. The belief and works of Sayyid Jamal al-Din-Al-Afghani, Shaykh Muhammad 'Abduh, and Sayyid Ahmad Khan are discussed in great detail as are the various sociopolitical conditions and factors that facilitated their philosophies and movements. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Galileo's Defense in His Letter to the Duchess

    5 page analytical review of an infamous letter from Galileo to the Dutchess in his own defense (many accused him of disrespecting principles set forth in the bible). Please send e-mail to request more information. No Bibliography.

  • The Imprint of Religions on Nations

    In a 5 page essay, the author discusses the topics of Buddhism in China, Judaism in Israel and Christianity in America. Comparisons of the different religions and the countries are made. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and the Theme of Heroism

    A 7 page research paper that examines the topic of heroism in J.R.R. Tolkein's 'The Hobbit.' The writer argues that while the overall pattern for this narrative fits with the typical mythical depiction of an heroic epic, Tolkien departs from this template in many important respects. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

 

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