theology and religion studies research topics

1. A Biblical Analysis of The Fall of Man in Genesis

Desc: This paper will seek to understand how the Bible contends that Eve was responsible for the Fall of Man. However, we can see some inconsistencies on the nature of equality in relation between Adam and for this blameable woman. Not only does it seem impossible to claim both as 'perfect' in God's creation, as Eve was created from Adam's rib, we can surely see how a 'fall' is impossible after the notion of women being 'lesser' in the human condition.

2. A Biblical Perspective on Work Economics and Social Justice.

Desc: This paper will examine several Scriptural passages from both Old and New Testaments with respect to their teachings about the role of work. It will be argued that a common theme in all of the passages is a preoccupation with social justice. 4 pgs. 3 f/c. 1b.

3. A Biography of Pope John Paul II

Desc: This paper will seek to understand the life of Pope John Paul II of the Roman Catholic religion. By making a thorough analysis of the different stages of this holy man's life, we can learn how he rose to be one of the greatest religious religous minded men of his religion, and became the Pope of the Roman Catholic faith for millions of worshippers around the world.

4. A Bridge Between God and Man: A Comparison of Mediation from the Yoruba faith and Intercession in the Islamic World.

Desc: 9 pgs. 17 f/c. 2b.

5. A Brief Summary of Christian Martyrs of the World .

Desc: This paper is a brief summary of John Foxe's book, Christian Martyrs of the World. 1 pgs. No sources listed.

6. A Charge to Keep I have, a God to Glorify: Understanding Depths of Meaning.

Desc: This paper explores the meanings of the word, "charge" in the contexts of hymn "A charge to keep I have." By considering the history of the composition of the hymn, and various definitions of the word itself, "charge" comes to signify the act of faith and praising that faith at the same time. A "charge" assumes both an act of caring, and the assumption of a responsibility, a burden. This paper considers how understanding the meanings of the word provide depth to the meaning of the hymn. 4 pgs. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

7. A Christian Examination of Neihardt's Black Elk Speaks .

Desc: The characters in John Neihardt's "Black Elk Speaks" cross a multitude of literary representations, symbols and metaphors. Although one can say that each of these characters or representations are unique to the Lakota Sioux, and indeed represent what is unique about Native American heritage in general, This paper will focus more on how these representations and characters reflect the Christian influence upon the Lakota Sioux. Throughout "Black Elk Speaks", many Christian parallels may be found and this paper will highlight several of these parallels. 9 pgs. 25 f/c. 5b.

8. A Compare and Contrast of Greek and Biblical Creations.

Desc: This paper will compare and contrast Greek mythos of creation along with the Biblical one. By analyzing the elements that seem to make them connected, yet different, we can the nature of the ideas that both seem to have in their philosophy. The idea will be to tell how the Earth elements and human traits were formed in relation to each other. 3 pgs. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

9. A Comparison Analysis of the Sumerian Annunaki and the Nephilim of the Old Testament

Desc: This paper will analyze the Sumerian religion with that of the Judeo-Christian aspects of the Holy Bible. By understanding how the Nephilim and the Annunaki are similar as a "star race" through the cosmologies of God and Anu, we can learn why the ancient Sumerians passed their religion down to modern Christianity and Judaism in their respective roles of world religions.

10. A Comparison Between Two Philosophers Concerning the Existence of God.

Desc: This paper shall evaluate the arguments presented in the book, "Atheism and Theism", by the authors J.J.C. Smart and J.J. Haldane. Smart is a confirmed atheist and discusses why evil and God are mutually exclusive in this world, and Haldane believes that God does exist and presents a cosmological argument. 6 pgs. Bibliography lists 1 source.

11. A Comparison and Contrast of Taoism and Confucianism.

Desc: This paper will show how both religions of philosophy called Taoism and Confucianism are interrelated by various means, but also have very differing qualities of rule. By analyzing these different means, we can see why they differ and how they are similar in the context of the people that pioneered the thought that they create. Both spheres of thought tell us that they are both related in certain ways and that they are different in other; these facets of the Chinese philosophy will be explored here. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

12. A Comparison of the Effects of Buddhism in China and Japan.

Desc: This paper will argue that the effect of the introduction of Buddhism in China and Japan was completely different given the distinct political and cultural contexts of the two countries. 3 pgs. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

13. A Discussion of the Modern American Exploration of Eastern Religions and Philosophies.

Desc: This paper will argue that Americans' increasing interest in Eastern religion/philosophy - often at the expense of established religions - reflects a deeper transformation in American society during the modern era. As the educational standards and economic prosperity of Americans increased, so too did their dissatisfaction with this same materialism and the institutions (established religions / government) associated with it. When the "baby boom" generation finally assumed a dominant role in American society, their counter-cultural values - living in the moment; personal spirituality, not structured orthodoxy - became mainstream American culture, setting the stage for our renewed engagement with Eastern religion/philosophy in the twenty-first century. 9 pgs. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

14. A History of the Israelites.

Desc: A History of the Israelites in the early beginnings of Judaism in the Middle East. By understanding how these people lived, and what their origins are, we can see how they grew into a nation. Historical facts and other aspects of the history will be presented here.

15. A Moral Comparison Between Why We Fight by William J. Bennet and the New Testament.

Desc: This paper will discuss the book Why We Fight by William J. Bennet, and seek understand the morality behind violence. Also, in this paper, we will compare the New Testament to this book, and see how these themes of morality concede with ach other.

16. A Period of Anxiety - Secularization and Fundamentalism as Religious Indications of the Crisis of Modernism/Postmodernism.

Desc: 16pgs. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

17. A Summary of the Upanishads: Examples of the Brahmanic Tradition in Hinduism.

Desc: This paper shall examine the Upanishad texts from the Hindu tradition. This summary shall briefly address what function the Upanishads had in the Hindu society and faith. A focus shall be on the Brahmanic tradition of the Upanishads. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 1 source.

18. A World Religion Analysis: The Buddhist Faith, Practice and Organizational Structure in the Southeast Asian Country of Thailand

Desc: This paper will discuss the religious aspects of the Southeast Asian country of Thailand. By revealing the Buddhism that is so common there, we can research the social and organizational aspects of doctrine that are within this culture. By understanding the practice and beliefs of the Thai people, we can reveal their inherent spiritual ideology by examples of faith and hope in the Buddha.

19. Abraham and Existentialism.

Desc: This paper discusses the story of Abraham and the sacrifice of Isaac. It discusses the essence of Existentialism. One of Jean-Paul's philosophy statements can be found: An act of freedom is any act that was necessary and had sufficient conditions of that action did not exist in the events preceding the action. Perhaps by offering the sacrifice of Isaac, Abraham liberated himself and Isaac by making the extreme sacrifice. Once the offer was done, then God could set them free in a physical meaning as well as a scriptural setting free. "There is no ethical suspension but only a ethical revelation on the part of God toward man. Abraham knows that the command had come from God. And in knowing this he obeyed God rather than disobey on the grounds of his own ethics, he knew the ethics of God are much higher than his own-he knew God was God" (McMahon 2).

20. Abraham and Isaac: An Analysis of Genesis 22.

Desc: This four-page undergraduate paper examines and analyzes Genesis 22, in which God instructs Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. Using the text, the author develops the theme of obedience to God and explains why heeding God's will is so vitally important.

21. Abraham's And Moses' Relationships With God.

Desc: This essay examines Abraham's and Moses' relationships with God. The paper finds that the relationships entail certain promises and guidelines that are given to the Jews through these particular leaders. Both Abraham and Moses act as mediators and interpreters between God and the Jewish people. 6 pgs. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

22. Adam And Eve Did They Receive Judgment.

Desc: This is a paper on the topic of why Adam and Eve did not receive their judgment if they sinned. The fact is that they did receive the judgment just not the way that man often thinks about death.

23. Addressing Religion and the Character of Kim in Kipling's "Kim".

Desc: This paper examines the character of Kim in Rudyard Kipling's novel, Kim, in respect to self- discovery and religion. It is clear that Kim achieves a sense of purpose through religion, where as Buddhism is neither part of India nor Britain it creates an environment in which Kim can rectify both sides of his identity.

24. An Analysis Through the Eyes of a Gentile on the Validity of Jesus Christ.

Desc: This paper will seek to understand how a Gentile might have perceived Jesus or Peter in the early days of Christianity. By understanding the writings of the Bible, and more especially of those in Mark, and Paul, we can see how a Gentile might be extremely confused by these points of view. Not only did Christ think he was the Son of God, the Gentiles believed that God was an idolatry, and that Jesus might, indeed, have been this sort of 'royal' character. In any case, Paul and Mark proved to them to believe in his testimonial, and confusion and disagreement might have been put aside in the example Jesus set for them.

25. An Analysis of the Voodoo: Three Authors on Historical Voodoo.

Desc: This paper will discuss three sources on Voodoo that give an explanation for the way that it has been used in history. By understanding these selections, we can see how differing opinions on the subject vary little, but have interesting points on the differing areas of interest that they cover. The three sources are: America Religions and religion. by: Albanese, Catherine L. Secrets of Voodoo by Rigaud, Milo; and Encyclopedia of African American Religions by: Lucas, Phillip Charles. 3 pgs. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

26. An Analysis on Apostle Paul's teachings on How Not to Teach Badly.

Desc: This paper will discuss the teachings of the Apostle Paul on how not to teach wrongly in spiritual matters. The scriptures will be used to explain how and why he taught this way. An analysis will be given on what he preached and why. 6 pgs. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

27. An Argument: God, knowledge and faith.

Desc: A 5-page paper supporting knowledge to have precedence over faith based on the arguments of Rene Descartes and Anselm.

28. An Assessment of Robert H. Mounce s Text: The Book of Revelations.

Desc: This paper examines R. H. Mounce's work, "The Book of Revelations". This paper addresses many of the key features of this book, such as Mounce's assessment of language, symbolism, and the nature of Christ within this text.

29. An Compare and Contrast of martin Luther and John Calvin.

Desc: This is essay will show the similarities and differences of Martin Luther and John Calvin's theological attributes. Also, an analysis of how these theologies compared with Christian doctrine, and why they held such a mass appeal for their followers.

30. An Evangelical Summary of the Old Testament.

Desc: This ten-page undergraduate paper summarizes the Old Testament, emphasizing upon the sovereignty of God and the doctrine if redemption. 10 pgs. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

31. An Examination of The Spanish Inquisition.

Desc: This paper will discus the Spanish Inquisition and the elements that were attributed to its creation, the way that court procedures were done, and the policies that would incriminate a heretic if they were arrested for beliefs antagonistic to the Catholic faith. The book by Cecil Roth entitled "The Spanish Inquisition" will be used to discover the facts, while documents related to the study of court procedures will be sued to understand the materials here. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

32. An Exegesis of Matthew 1:18.

Desc: This paper examines this biblical passage and the textual variants and disputed translations that may exist. 7 pgs. 14 f/c. 4b.

33. An Exploration of Multiple Points of the Torah.

Desc: This paper examines four points of research into the Torah. 1) What is the justification for asserting that Torah is foundational to the rest of Christian Scripture? 2) Discuss the relationship between the universality of Genesis 1-11 and the particularity of the rest of Torah. 3) Discuss the theological significance of a text of your choice in light of its placement in Torah. 4) How would you assess the issue of historicity as it pertains to Torah?

34. Analysis of Chapter 3 of The Book of Job.

Desc: This is an analysis of Chapter 3 of the Book of Job. The themes here are longing for death, death would be better than life, light and darkness, and all there is right now is trouble and suffering. The most important theme is the meaning of suffering and the contradiction in it.

35. Analysis of Global Ethics.

Desc: This paper will discuss global ethics and reveal the nature of a world that may be on the verge of a homogenous mixture of world religions and the uniting of them into a cohesive whole. By using an example of the book Sourcebook of the world's religions, we can see how in Chapter 20 and 22: The Parliaments and the Quest for a Global Ethic, that the worlds is become better at communicating this change in world thinking in today's scope of religious thought. This topic will be discussed and brought out into the open by revealing the nature of global ethics in this paper. 6 pgs. Bibliography lists 1 source.

36. Analysis of Nasadiya Sukta, the Creation Hymn of Rig Veda.

Desc: This six-page paper analyzes the Nasadiya Sukta of the Rig Veda. This Creation Hymn is similar in meaning to Michael C. Brannigan's "Pulse of Wisdom", especially its second chapter called "Reality." Both works refer to the beginning of the universe as being and nonbeing, real and unreal. They do not specifically refer to God, but hint that He may be the creator of the universe. 6 pgs. Bibliography lists 1 source.

37. Ancient Religions.

Desc: A 7-page dialogue narration of various ancient gods and leaders arguing the purpose of life and how it relates to human behavior. It uses 8 sources in MLA format. 7 pgs. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

38. Angelology.

Desc: This five page paper looks at the theory of angelology, several questions are being raised throughout the paper these are : What is the origin of angels? Can we become angels? What is the duty/purpose of angels? How have angels interacted with people from Genesis to Revelation? The paper uses biblical references to discuss and answer these questions and also other references to show the meaning of the word angels and how angels have a definitive role within the bible.

39. Angels Watching Over Me

Desc: This paper takes a brief look at the fascinating study of Angels. It explains where they come from, what their intended purpose, how they have helped humans throughout the Bible, and discusses whether or not they should be worshipped as a being, all according to and referenced with biblical texts. The concept of knowing that God sent Angels to watch over all of us is what inspired the title.

40. Angels: An Analysis of Existence and Belief

Desc: This twelve page paper examines why ever since ancient times, philosophers and theologians have taught that unless there is meaning and purpose in people's lives, that unless they understand why they suffer, rejoice, toil, and exert themselves, they will never comprehend the meaning of life and will not truly live, but merely exist. People are never satisfied with merely existing. On their journey between birth and death, they want to know why they exist, and many look to angels for personal assurance and guidance in their lives because God seems so remote and inaccessible.

41. Anointing as Transgressive and as Worship: A Brief Exegesis Approach to John 12:1-11 and Mark 14:3-9

Desc: This 9-page undergraduate paper takes an exegetical study approach, comparing John 12:1-11 and Mark 14:3-9 in their descriptions of Jesus's anointing.

42. Augustine's Philosophy: An Analysis of Utopia in The City of God

Desc: This sixteen-page graduate paper examines Saint Augustine's philosophy as expressed in The City of God. The author explains Augustine's responses to efforts to establish utopia on earth, analyzes his discussion of pagan motivations, the limits of pagan philosophy, the duties of Christians in the earthly city, and other related philosophical and religious issues. In the process, he discusses Augustine's views of aspirations for earthly utopia in the context of Christian theology and the teachings of Jesus Christ.

43. Augustine's Understanding of the City of God and the City of Man.

Desc: Saint Augustine presented the idea that faith and understanding (in the broad and narrow senses) go hand in hand. Because of this, his teachings were that to understand life, one must have faith, and to have faith, one must pursue an understanding of life. Augustine has proved to be one of the most influential thinkers in European and western history. While still a teenager, Augustine converted, became a priest, then the leader of the Church in North Africa, and, before he became Bishop and his writing career was virtually choked off, Augustine was a prolific producer of scriptural scholarly works. The City of God, which was written between the years 413 and 426, was Augustine's response to the criticism leveled at Christianity by the pagans after they had sacked Rome in 410. This work represents Augustine's most significant contribution to Western religious thought and, like many personalized texts, takes on the Aristotelian method of posing questions to the self in an argumentative fashion and systematically refuting and explaining away each.