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Faith : Faith And Faith

- In life, faith allows people to understand and remember great things. So when it seems that life’s path has gone astray, people turn to faith; but what is faith. Saint Augustine once said, “Faith is believing what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” The definition of faith varies depending on a person 's cultural, social, and religious beliefs but the overall meaning of faith doesn 't change. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary believes the definition of faith to be “a strong belief or trust in someone or something, or belief in the existence of God : strong religious feelings or beliefs.” Although, everyone 's definition may be worded differently than the dictio...   [tags: Faith, Religion, Belief, Reason]

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The Role of Faith in Field of Dreams

- Faith is an important aspect in everybody. It helps us see God, and believe in him. Our faith is always tested when there is a hard theological decision to make or somebody else trying to break your bold with God. The movie Field of Dreams, is a great example of how staying true to your faith can sometimes be hard. In this movie, the main character Ray Kinsella shows his faith in what he believes he should do. In the beginning of the movie Roy hears a voice from the corn saying, “If you build it he will come.” At this point Roy has no idea who is talking to him or what about....   [tags: Faith]

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Paradox of Faith

- Paradox of Faith In Fear and Trembling Kierkegaard examines the old story of Abraham being commanded by what is perceived to be god to kill his only child. Abraham had spent many years trying to conceive a child with his wife Sarah and finally successfully had a boy named Isaac. In what appears to be the test of ultimate sacrifice god, appearing as a burning bush, asks Abraham to take his only son to the mountain and kill him with a knife. The question most people ask is why would a god command Abraham to commit such an atrocious act....   [tags: Faith]

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Is Theology And Faith?

- ... To me theology seems like an historical word that we tend to use freely amongst ourselves without grasping the real meaning when used in conversations about the Bible, God, and our savior Jesus. Without faith you can’t obtain a belief, and if you can’t believe in God there isn’t a reason to have a Christian theology. Faith is a strong word when it comes to believing in the Lord, and it can lead you in a righteous path in one continues to believe in the teachings of the Bible. Others may have faith in another being of their religion....   [tags: God, Jesus, Religion, Faith]

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Leap of Faith

- The Leap of Faith In his book, Concluding Unscientific Postscript, Soren Kierkegaard talks about the difference between subjective and objective truth. When talking about subjective truth, he compares it to taking a “leap of faith”. This means that you will believe something no matter what, and you don’t need any evidence to back it up. He later connects the “leap of faith” to religion. “Through the “leap of faith,” in which one affirms the proposition that God did exist in time, one is able to enter into a “God-relationship,” and thereby attains “an eternal happiness” (Schacht, 308)....   [tags: Soren Kierkegaard, faith, religion]

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Is Faith Sufficient?

- Is Faith Sufficient. About two months ago, in a parenting class I was attending, our facilitator told us about a story of a couple who initiated faith healing for their ill child instead of going to a doctor for treatment. The child ended up dying, four years later another child dies. They were arrested for involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to probation time. A debate came into action on whether or not the parents was committing child abuse by being negligent, or were the parents indeed good parents who was just seeking the best for their children through faith....   [tags: faith, healing, doctor, treatment]

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A Survey On Views Of Faith

- If you were to take a survey on views of faith, you would come up with a million different definitions. To me, faith is taking risks in situations where there is no fear of the outcome. Faith is confidence, sureness, and bravery. If you have no faith, then you have no reason to go out in the world and survive. Faith is also a positive mindset and energy you embody. According to the book, “What is Faith?”, the author, Terrence W. Tilley feels that faith is a relationship between the one who has faith and the irreducible energizing source of meaning and center of value in one’s life....   [tags: Religion, Faith, Morality, Belief]

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Faith Is The Reasoning Of The Absurd

- Faith is the reasoning of the absurd to satisfy the inevitable To live one’s life based on religious faith is a very personal question, one that on many occasions I have stated that in coping with the inevitable it may be a necessity for some to live comforted by their faith. To me faith is something that is transient, it is constantly adjusted by knowledge and actions of ourselves and others. One example is that of love and the faith that is between two people. I believe this is probably the best way to look at faith because the situation is reciprocated between the people involved, and is made even more precious from the fact that it can easily be lost between them through words or action...   [tags: Religion, Faith, Philosophy, God]

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What Does The Basis Of Faith?

- The more one knows the more one questions ones faith; but faith is intrinsic in humans, just as the ability to love. If we can love, then we can believe. Every individual has a different answer to the question “what is the basis of faith?” some would say it is Christ, others, the Bible, God, angels, etc. and some may even reject faith as a whole. However, if the basis of faith is Christ, why do so many individuals struggle to accept His truth, His word, and His evidences. If the basis of faith is the Bible, what does one do when they find out that there have been additions and subtractions to the Bible through out the years....   [tags: God, Religion, Jesus, Faith]

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Faith in Fear and Trembling by Kierkegaard

- Kierkegaard believes that true faith can only be attained through a double movement of giving up rationality or logic, while at the same time believing one can understand logically. In “Fear and Trembling” Kierkegaard relates true faith to the Knight of infinite resignation and the Knight of faith; in this paper, I will examine this claim and show why Kierkegaard’s analogy is an excellent metaphor for the double movement which is required in one’s quest to attain faith and why. Kierkegaard’s position on faith is represented with the Knight of infinite resignation and the Knight of faith....   [tags: Faith Literary Analysis]

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The Conflict Between Knowledge and Faith

- When reading, “An Open Letter to Students: On Having Faith and Thinking for Yourself”, C. Terry Warner (1971) expounds concerning the conflict between knowledge and faith in our lives. In doing so Warner asserts how people assume if they have knowledge then they cannot have faith. The reason for this separation is the misconception humans have concerning knowledge. According to Warner, the misconception humans have towards knowledge is, we are centered in the assumption that knowledge exists as a collection of facts which can all fit together nicely into a puzzle, or as Warner states, a large picture of human reality....   [tags: Education, Knowledge and Faith]

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If Accept And Identify With A Faith Tradition

- If accept & identify with a faith tradition… If you relate to a certain religion take a second and put on those faith tradition glasses. Now, glance at the world in terms of culture, economics, politics, and social relationships differently. A person’s religion or beliefs can have a direct affect on the way a person sees and lives life. It may or may not affect the way a person makes judgments and how they handle others around them. Lets investigate Christianity and see that it can affect one 's life in several ways....   [tags: Religion, Faith, Human, Morality]

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Religion Is The Story Of Faith

- ... Reza Aslan said, “The inability to understand the difference between a cultural practice and religious belief is shocking among self-described intellectuals”, and I say it’s just shocking, are we so brainwashed by our belief system or too narrow minded to see that no matter what religion we find ourselves in we are all chasing the same purpose, to love others and please God. Muhammad said that they believe in what was revealed to the Christians and Jews no less than they believe in what was revealed to them and that they desire to submit to the same God, this sounds to me like God respected the differences in the Arab culture and raised up a prophet to speak to them in ways that they cou...   [tags: Religion, Islam, Faith, God]

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Faith Line By Eboo Patel

- ... These opportunities to introduce religious diversity improve the chances that individuals will end up on the peaceful, inclusive side of the “faith line” rather than the violent and extreme one. Patel supports his argument in favor of the side of the “faith line” known as religious pluralism by describing his experiences as a young American Muslim. These powerful vignettes are compelling appeals to “proactive cooperation that affirms the identity of the constituent communities while emphasizing that the well-being of each and all depends on the health of the whole” (Patel, 2007, p....   [tags: Religion, Faith, Religious pluralism]

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Faith Told My Story

- Faith Told My Story By having faith in God, or strong beliefs one is able to convince any individual that experiences in life or reasons events happen is based solely upon what they believe in. In having such a strong faith the difference between what is real and what might seem unimaginable conflict with one another. The reason being is that others see unexplained events as faith taking its course, and to others it is just considered luck or a phony story all together. In having a strong belief and having faith in something a story has more meaning to an individual than just any ordinary story being told....   [tags: religious beliefs, faith in God]

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Insurer Bad Faith in California

- Insurer Bad Faith in California Too many people who have paid premiums to an insurance company for years get an unpleasant surprise when they file a claim under their policies: the insurer’s former friendliness and accommodating attitude give way to suspicion, avoidance and even threats. And it all happens at the very time that the loss which caused the claim is adding stress and anxiety to the insureds’ lives. The “Good Faith” Duty of Insurers California was a leader in recognizing this imbalance of power between insurance companies and their customers, and in rectifying it....   [tags: insurance companies, bad faith attorney]

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Christian Faith Tested by Science

- Science has become a very strong passion of mine over the years. After learning about the theory of evolution in the eighth grade, I realized that there were going to be numerous times my Christian beliefs would be tested. Now, as a biology major, I know that my faith will be tested several throughout my life times but also I’ve also gained a deeper knowledge in God’s word. Along with science, serving in the military has also been a very strong passion of mine. Ever since elementary school I knew that I wanted to serve my country in the military....   [tags: science field, military culture, faith]

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How Apostasy Is Disaffiliation Or Leaving The Faith?

- Apostasy is disaffiliation or leaving the faith. It has two main aspects: A person may join a different church, or may simply reject religion in toto, becoming agnosticism or atheism. One study identified three kinds of unchurched protestant. Those regarded as estranged and indifferent held similar traditional beliefs, but differed in commitment. Religion was no longer salient in their lives. Another was is Protestant for whom traditional beliefs were irrelevant. The first reason why people choose to leave his/ her faith or find a new one is: Finding a new faith: switching religion....   [tags: Religion, Faith, Christianity, God]

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Assignment : What Is Faith?

- Writing Assignment 2: What is Faith. 1. Faith is defined as “belief without sufficient evidence.” The belief part of the definition means to think that something is true. Evidence is how we justify the belief. Sufficient refers to the amount and type of evidence needed which depends on the context. With all of these definitions combined you would get that faith means to think something is true without a good amount or type of evidence to justify the belief. If we think that this is the definition of faith, then our desires are shaped based on what we think....   [tags: God, Faith, Critical thinking, 2005 singles]

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Children Deaths from Faith-Healing

- It is estimated that around a dozen U.S. children will die in faith-healing cases each year. Typically associated with Christianity, Faith healing is founded on the belief that certain people or places have the ability to cure and heal sickness, disease, or injuries. Typically this “healing” is associated by a close connection to a higher power through prayer, divine intervention, or the ministration of an individual who claims himself as a healer. Faith has been scientifically proven in the field psychology to yield benefits to health....   [tags: sickness, healing, faith, medication]

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Light of Faith in South and Southeast Asia

- “To you be your religion, to me be mine” (Muhammad 109:6). This quote is one of the examples of Prophet Muhammad’s tolerance. Islam came into existence when Prophet Muhammad received a revelation from God and was granted to bring his faith to the rest of the world. It is a monotheistic religious tradition that developed in the Middle East. Islam spread almost immediately beyond its birthplace in the Arabian Peninsula, and now has significant influence in Africa, throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas....   [tags: religious history, Islam, muslim faith]

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Objective Vs Subjective Views Of Faith

- Objective vs Subjective Views of Faith When it comes to the discussion of religious faith, theists and atheists, believers and non-believers in God, have been at odds for centuries. Upon closer inspection, there is a similar divide between theists with rational reasoning behind their belief and those with irrational yet equally as confident reasoning. Rational theologians use logical arguments to try to prove that the Judeo-Christian God exists. In contrast, mystics prefer the mere assurance that God exists because they feel that it’s true, and they are unlikely to engage in debate on the matter....   [tags: Critical thinking, Logic, Religion, Faith]

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The Relationship Between Faith And Learning Looks Like

- ... Learning does not threaten faith because learning and faith should be completely balanced in a Christian’s life. If we, as Christians, live in a box of what we think God looks like, or who God is, or how he behaves, doubt comes along and tears that box away. If we just build those walls back up, doubt is going to keep fighting with us. However, if we believe that balancing learning and faith together is beneficial for our walk with God, then when doubts creep into our lives we can expand our knowledge about who God is and what he wants for our life....   [tags: Faith, Religion, God, Theology]

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Society 's Progressive Loss Of Christianity And Faith

- Although society’s progressive loss of Christianity and faith in general allows for more individual freedoms and less discrimination, it is actually unfortunately detrimental to modern culture due to its causation of weaker morals, positivity, and spiritual community. With increased scientific discoveries and the actions of extreme groups that claim to be Christian, many feel as though the Christian faith is not logical and in turn, teachings from parents to their children does not place as much emphasis on faith and beliefs....   [tags: Religion, Morality, Christianity, Faith]

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Shall He Find Faith When He Comes?

- ... May I suggest something for every person claiming to be a Christian to think about. Could the rapture not be that large of an earth shattering event. Christ asked the question in Luke 18:8, “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” Fascinating, we Christians tend to think when the rapture comes a good percentage of the earth, especially here in the United States, will go. Jesus, on the other hand, asks if He will find any faith at all. Preachers will often use Matthew 7:14, “because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” as a motivator for people to accept Christ as Saviour, but think of what J...   [tags: christians, the bible, faith]

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How Business Can Make A Rule That No Faith Or Religion?

- There are many ways a business can handle a wide variety of religions in the workplace. The company can make a rule that no faith or religion can be discussed at any point while at work. Or an organization can determine that religious views can be discussed as long as there are no attempts at converting others to one’s faith. These examples do not always produce the greatest results, however; and there are usually people who cross the line in one way or another, resulting in the organization being forced to intervene....   [tags: Religion, Faith, Islam, Christianity]

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Analysis Of George Weigel 's ' A Loss Of Faith '

- Owing to the widespread interaction of religion and politics all over the world, George Weigel pointed out that these religio-political movements could be evidence for turning the current secular nations into “unsecularized” nations. I will explore the possibility that “unsecularization” may become a problematic development, perhaps leading to the clash of civilizations- an antagonistic uproar. Or could the ties globalization has formed be strong enough to keep the antagonistic uproar at bay. Before the Cold War societies were pushing to be secular: to have religious and political beliefs separate and non-influential of each other, to have a democracy including: the rule of law, free electi...   [tags: Religion, Faith, Iran, Politics]

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Defender of the Faith Theme

- Defender of the Faith Theme Theme in “Defender of the Faith” can be interpreted in many varying ways, some of which are life-long lessons and others to the relation between faith and the individual. Throughout much of the story, Nathan Marx is lost between his role as a sergeant, Jew and human being. The relationship between the church, state and individual is a well-known concept. The three must be independent of each other and this story explores what happens when the three are forced together....   [tags: Defender of the Faith]

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The Role of Faith-based Organisations in Poverty Alleviation

- To get a clear understanding of the contributions by faith-based social services and where they stand, it is important to first define a faith-based organization and explore the theories from which they derive. Staff of these organizations may most often share the same faith and provide service in accord with their beliefs. “For some faith-based organizations, faith is manifest in the act of service itself, conspicuous in the compassion inherent in the way work is performed. For others there are programmatic elements which may include prayer, the teaching of religious values, studying religious texts, and worship....   [tags: Religion, Poverty, Faith-based organizations]

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Psychology And Faith Is Truly A Divine Mission From God

- Although considered difficult by some, the field of psychology is fascinating. Each person looks at, feels about, and judges each situation differently which often affects their view of themselves and the lives they are living as a whole. These views can often lead to incredible highs, devastating lows, feelings of worthlessness, hatred for others, or even the need to punish others. These feelings are often intensified by a lack of faith and distancing one’s self from God. Helping others in specific ways is a blessing from God....   [tags: Gospel of Matthew, God, Jesus, Faith]

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Responsibility of the Artist in Faith in a Tree

- Responsibility of the Artist in Faith in a Tree The philosophy found in "Faith in a Tree" deals heavily with responsibility. One of the responsibilities which was explored was the responsibility of the artist. Paley's portrayal of artists in this story is certainly less than flattering. In one of the most thematically important paragraphs, Faith decides, (to summarize a paragraph) "if it's truth and honor you want to refine...let [God] be in charge of beauty....and let man be in charge of Good." (p.89) The comment was given directly after a dialogue in which artists were labeled as speculators; speculators in the sense that they did not "invest" in life, they merely observed....   [tags: Faith in a Tree Essays]

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Analysis of Victor Rhee´s Hebrews as a Leader of the Faith Commuity

- ... Starting with the introduction of the journal, there is a since of urgency for anyone who reads it to take brave look of how to be a leader on fire for God in hard and difficult times. What Rhee wants us to know about the author of Hebrews is how he points out all of the misdoings of being a Christian in age where it was not popular to be a Christian. This is proven in the time of two Roman Empires, Claudius and Nero. You can see how the followers were everyday people living an everyday life but who were connected to an extra ordinary God who gave them salvation to live through their difficult and estranged life....   [tags: faith, leadership, christ, journal]

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Thomas Paine: Faith and Reason

- The issue of Faith versus Reason and the relationship between them has been discussed throughout civilization. A prime figure in this discussion during the recent past, the mid 18’th to the early 19’th centuries, was Thomas Paine. Paine’s writings during both the United States and French revolutions helped to spearhead the respective countries into revolution and eventually freedom. As such, Paine is certainly seen as an influential figure during this time period for practical reasons. But Paine is equally important because of the way in which he influenced entire countries and helped to bring about change....   [tags: Faith vs Reason]

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The Removal Of Faith By Mary Collins, And The Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins

- Throughout time humans have struggled with the unknown, with the fear that once life is over nothing remains, that the only thing awaiting them is oblivion. To combat these fears we create various religions, belief systems, and faiths to reassure ourselves that we are not shouting into the void, that something will come out of our existence. Prime examples of these belief systems are Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism which emphasize a spiritual world. In dystopian novels, characters are often placed in situations without faith or religion such as The Giver by Lois Lowry, and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, the removal of faith forces characters to rely solely on themse...   [tags: Religion, Faith, God, Deity]

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A Comparison of the Ethics of Characters in the Good Faith and the movie Glengarry Glen Ross

- Good Faith is novel written by Jane Smiley is able to take the readers back to the age when real estate industry was on the boom. The writer of the novel Jane has done absolute justice with the writing as it can be commented that the people who have witnessed the boom in the real estate sector in the 1980’s can easily connect the emotions depicted through the book. Money has always been a matter which involves moral and ethical values in it (Wolfe, 2003). I would rather call it a sensitive topic as one need to be very sure of the same prior getting involved in it....   [tags: Good Faith, Jane Smiley ]

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Allegory of Faith by Johannes Vermeer

- Allegory of Faith by Johannes Vermeer The painting, Allegory of Faith, located in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was created by the Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer. This study of the painting will focus on the subject matter, composition, and the symbolic meaning of the painting in relation to the Catholic faith, as well as the controversy surrounding the success of the painting among modern critics. The characteristic Baroque qualities of this painting will be illuminated through comparison with examples of Dutch 17th century paintings, Vermeer’s other works, and an analysis of his painting technique and style....   [tags: Painting Allegory Faith Vermeer Essays]

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The Effects of Faith and Prayer

- The Effects of Faith and Prayer Until recently, the effects of prayer were just a myth. However, science has decided to take a closer look at this national phenomenon, and study just how much does faith and prayer effect the healing of the body and mind. For most believers there are no doubts that peace of mind can be traced directly to the effects of prayer. All the trials and tribulations associated with everyday life are somehow transformed through faith; consider the words of Paul: “Gods peace, which is far beyond understanding, will keep your mind safe in union with Christ Jesus” (Holy Bible, Phil....   [tags: Faith Prayer Religion Religious Essays]

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What Faith Is The Most Valid Point Regarding The Nature Of Religious Beliefs

- ... The demands of this total fulfillment drive the individual to have faith and as a result identity/personality as a function of one’s faith becomes compromised when those promises don’t come true. The scriptures, further explains Paul Tillich’s argument that says everyone has faith. Romans 12:3 says “For by the grace given to me I ask every one of you not to think of yourself more highly than you should think, rather to think of yourself with sober judgment on the measure of faith that God has assigned each of you”....   [tags: Faith, Religion, Evangelicalism, Religious belief]

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God 's Existence He Fights Off The Believers Of Faith

- You would think that in a world full of incredible individuals created from the same source, the planet, would see eye to eye and build a great civilization. Belief is what separates humans from each other; mainly this belief of what they think occurred in the creation of our planet. Many people assume that the earth is not billions of years old but in fact created by God giving us the recent inception of humans, which is detailed within a few of the worlds sacred books, be it the Old Testament or New Testament....   [tags: Religion, Faith, Higgs boson, God]

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Raising Children in a Faith Based Community

- "What should I do?", is the question many parents are asking when wondering if they should raise their kids in a faith-based community. Yes, you would think that it's a simple yes or no answer. The truth is that there is much more reasoning behind the yes or no that parents ultimately decide. There are many reasons for either decision, all of which make sense in their own way. If you decide that yes you should raise them in a faith-based community, it does have its benefits. Faith-based communities teach important values in life such as caring, self dependence, and many life morals....   [tags: Children Faith Religion Parenting]

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Faith Role in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown

- Faith plays a major role in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “Young Goodman Brown”. From the start of his journey to his arrival back home, Faith is always in the back of head, making him question his surroundings and own thoughts. It’s hard to determine when he’s speaking of his lovely wife Faith or his Faith in his God and religion. Through his many Young Goodman Brown’s journey begins with his departure from Faith, for he must “tarry away from thee.” (Nathaniel Hawthorne 1289) Could it be that he is questioning his very own Faith/religion and must test it on this very night....   [tags: Faith, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown, r]

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Happiness, Health and Economy: Three Strongly Related Elements of Religious Faith

- Before presenting an introduction of how different faiths interact within our lives I will briefly discuss what faith is. According to Hebrews 11:1 “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” In general terms, faith is to believe in something we are not able to see, but know to be true. Briefly and objectively stated, a religious faith would be the belief of a superior existence that oversees the natural world. You may have a better or different description of what religious faith is, but it will definitely follow the roots of this description....   [tags: religion, faith, tradition, prayer, God, beliefs]

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Philip Larkin's Faith Healing

- How typical in terms of subject, theme, structure and versification is Faith Healing by Larkin. Philip Larkin's Faith Healing In 1964, Philip Larkin published his third book of poetry, entitled 'The Whitsun Weddings'. One of the many critically acclaimed poems was 'Faith Healing'. In this essay, I intend to explore how typical this poem is in terms of subject, theme, structure and versification. In Faith Healing, women flock to an American Faith Healer for a blessing. The persona of the poem is written from an outsider's point of view, looking in at this sight....   [tags: Philip Larkin Faith Healing Poetry Poems Essays]

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Overcoming Fear With Faith

- Everyone is on a road of difficulties and trials. We face these trials everyday sometimes we work hard to resolve them. On the other hand sometimes people will be afraid of the problems that come their way. We sometimes will try to escape it but it will be their festering in our lives and in our minds. Until one day we decide to take action, the time we decide to mend the problem is the day we can change and rid the problem from our lives for good. Nonetheless if we do not bring forth courage and put forth the chance to mend our problems we might become penetrated with fear....   [tags: Faith vs. Fear]

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The Truth Of Faith And Faith

- ... It’s one thing to trust in the church, but another to have faith in Christ. By trusting in God to be our salvation and learning the truth at church, we are able to come closer to Christ. Besides just trusting in the Church for a relationship with Christ, it is important to find the truth in understand God as the trinity. This first came from the understanding the relationship between the Father and Son being homoousios with each other. Origen was the first person to see the relationship as being one of the same, and eventually expanding on that idea that Jesus Christ, the Son, was ad intra meaning the Son was created from within the Father....   [tags: Christianity, Trinity, Jesus, Holy Spirit]

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The Islamic Faith And The Muslim Faith

- ... It is believed that after Muhammad’s final pilgrimage, he took the hand of his son-in-law in front of all those present and said that those who follow him should also follow Ali, thus giving him a claim to leadership. These followers became known as Shi’as, which is a contraction for Shiat Ali, or “partisans of Ali” (BBC, 2009). Although Abu Bakr was initially given the role of leader, Ali would eventually be chosen as the fourth Caliph, however this would be short lived as he would be assassinated while praying one day (BBC, 2009)....   [tags: Islam, Muhammad, Qur'an, Iraq]

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Lawrence S. Cunningham's The Catholic Faith: An Introduction

- Lawrence S. Cunningham's The Catholic Faith: An Introduction Lawrence S. Cunningham's The Catholic Faith: An Introduction is a difficult book to muster up a response to. One is tempted to quip "there it no there there,"although more accurately I would say that there is little there that inspires much more than an indifferent shrug in response. Perhaps the blame lay in the purpose of the book, which is set out first to not be "an encyclopedia of Catholic trivia" (Cunningham, 8). I was disappointed to read this, since while an explanation of the meaning of the different titles and offices in the Catholic hierarchy, or an explanation of the various vestments and ceremonies may be "trivia...   [tags: Lawrence Cunningham Catholic Faith Essays]

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The Is A Knight Of Faith

- Silentio thoroughly dissects and explains what it means to be a knight of faith in Fear and Trembling. After reading his philosophy on the topic of faith, a clear outline is given for being a true knight of faith rather than being a knight of infinite resignation. Using this outline it can be seen that Dora Tajada, a mother who killed her daughter on the island of Nantucket, is in fact a knight of faith, due to how unexplainable her actions are to others in the ethical world by her suspension of it, her absolute devotion to God, and how she showed the specific differences between a knight of faith and one of infinite resignation, all of which is required by a knight of faith, with Abraham be...   [tags: God, Monotheism, World, Knight]

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The Faith Of The As A Christian

- ... So if the Scriptures confirm the concept of assurance, they surly all Believers can know this assurance as well. The words Jesus spoke in the Gospels gives the Believer great confidence in their salvation. In John 3:36 Jesus says, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; . . .” This is the most basic statement, but it holds great truth. Guy P. Duffield and Nathaniel M. Van Cleave comment that “salvation is of and from God, and if He says I am saved, that should be enough.” Paul offers words of assurance when talking about salvation....   [tags: Jesus, Christianity, New Testament, Trinity]

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`` Knight Of Faith ``

- Today, a “knight of faith” would first, and foremost, be religious. They would most likely have a humble desk job, or as a salesman. Nothing to extravagant. They would not want anything more because a “knight of faith” probably wouldn’t have a family to be ambitious for. “To him who follows the narrow way of faith no one can give counsel, him no one can understand” (Kierkegaard, pg. 285). So they would be content with just living by themselves and probably not having too many friends, as faith is mostly all they would require in life....   [tags: Nazism, Nazi Germany, Nazi Party]

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The Nature of Faith

- In many aspects of our lives, the use of faith as a basis for knowledge can be found. Whether it is faith in the advice of your teacher, faith in a God or faith in a scientific theory, it is present. But what is faith. A definition of faith in a theory of knowledge context is the confident belief or trust in a knowledge claim by a knower, without the knower having conclusive evidence. This is because if a knowledge claim is backed up by evidence, then we would use reason rather than faith as a basis for knowledge ....   [tags: Definition, Use, Science]

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The Nature of Faith

- To provide a reasonable point of view on this topic, one has to first establish what faith means at a personal level in order to indentify how it serves as a basis for knowledge in religion and natural sciences. Faith is regarded in various ways; commonly as reliability on someone/thing, religion, beliefs, and others. An English dictionary generalizes faith is a “strong or unshakeable belief in something, especially without proof or evidence” . Essentially, in this context, faith is the solid unconditional belief of something with little evidence or proof....   [tags: Religion]

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Faith and the Heart

- Theology I. Introduction: The reflection paper that I will discuss touches on some topics of importance to me that have been outlined in the first four weeks of this Course. I would like to discuss two topics that have proven relevant to me which are Mind, Reason and Logic and most importantly Faith and the Heart. I would like to start off by stressing that I am in a continual daily process of improving my beliefs and striving for my faith to become stronger daily. Fundamentally, the readings would not serve to be prudent if one did not get spiritually aroused in some capacity II Reason a) Theological Definition: The Bible defines reason as the cause, ground, principle or motive of anythi...   [tags: Christianity, Reason, Mind]

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Faith and Reason

- While some people may believe that science and religion differ drastically, science and religion both require reason and faith respectively. Religion uses reason as a way of learning and growing in one’s faith. Science, on the other hand, uses reason to provide facts and explain different hypotheses. Both, though, use reason for evidence as a way of gaining more knowledge about the subject. Although science tends to favor more “natural” views of the world, religion and science fundamentally need reason and faith to obtain more knowledge about their various subjects....   [tags: science, religion, evidence, beliefs, logic, God]

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Consumerism and Faith

- In today’s world, people in general like to keep up with the latest things such as gadgets like the iPhone. They tend to spend an ample amount of time on their gadgets or whatever the latest item is instead of dedicating their time to the more important things. During family dinners, everyone is usually on their phones. People may prefer to spend a day at the mall instead of volunteering. High credit card bills can result from spending so much money on the new things rather than paying bills. The social pressure to keep up with these material items has an effect on quality bonding time which has an effect on money....   [tags: Social Pressure, Society, Money, Products]

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Faith and Reason

- Richard Dawkins, an evolutionary biologist and the University of Oxford’s Professor for Public Understanding of Science once said, “Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.” Professor Dawkins is an avid evangelist of reason and logic, and condemns any faith-based worldviews, seeing faith and reason as complete opposites. The conflict between the two is and everlasting debate, pondered by many great philosophers since the time of Aristotle and Plato....   [tags: c. s. lewis, religion, science]

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Faith and Reason

- Pope John Paul II once said, “Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth – in a word, to know himself – so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.” (Fallible Blogma) Based on this significant and powerful quote, one can infer that faith and reason are directly associated and related. It can also be implied that the combination of faith and reason allows one to seek information and knowledge about truth and God; based on various class discussions and past academic teachings, it is understood that both faith and...   [tags: Philosophy]

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Faith and Politics

- Should faith groups and institutions be allowed to form political parties. Should faith groups be allowed to gain influence in the workings of the government. Starting back in the early days of Plato through when our founding fathers first drafted the constitution, there started to be a sense of separation between church and state. Since the inception of the United States Constitution in 1776, the American government knew there should be a clear separation. Even with this definition of separation there have been many citizens challenge certain aspects of the First Amendment....   [tags: philosophy, john locke, plato]

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Faith and Reason

- Faith and reason were two modes of belief that dominated the history of Western Civilization. Both faith and reason were popularized as tools to understand the universe in Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian eras. By conflicting with each other, these two modes of belief sparked a lot of controversy. Reason or rationality is belief based on concrete evidence and logic. The development of one’s reason relies heavily on observation and questioning. Greco-Roman philosophers believed in the power of the human mind to understand the world....   [tags: Religion]

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The Musilim Faith

- “Whoever adheres to my Sunnah When my Ummah is corrupt, will have the reward of a hundred martyrs.” The word Islam is derived from the verb aslama which means "rely, to give up." Thus, Islam can be translated, in the religious context and willed by God through "Reply to the will or the law of God." It thus follows that the word Muslim is one who "submits to the will of God." Islam also has the derived word Salam which means "peace", which is the natural consequence of total submission to God. This is the message which is the largest among the divine revelations, as indicated by many suras in the Quran: Sura 12, Verse 40 “The power belongs to God....   [tags: Islam, Religion, God, Will of God, Peace]

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The Jewish Faith

- From the time of Jesus Christ’s death until the late modern period, the hate and discrimination of Jews stemmed from their supposed role in Christ’s death, the nature of the “separateness” of the Jewish faith, and their unwillingness to convert to Christianity. These reasons are of a distinct religious nature, rooted in Jewish law and religious customs. The Jewish faith was an example of opposition to the surging popularity of the Catholic Church, and this very clearly placed the Jewish people on the outer perimeters of European society....   [tags: Antisemitism, Judaism, Jews, Ashkenazi Jews]

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The Truth in the Lottery

- There are some things we as society will do without ever questioning why, for instance wishing on a shooting star into to get some good luck. Why do we do it. No one really has an answer for it, we just do. Traditions are something that is passed from generation to generation, even if we have no backing for what we do, we just know its “good” and its “tradition” so its apart of us. Shirley Jackson mocks our way of blindly following certain traditions. Characteristics of Jackson’s story create a parallel with Catholicism, by harping on our fear of change but our ability to manipulate what we want from our traditions and the basis of Catholicism’s belief of the innocence in children....   [tags: Faith]

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Faith as a Basis of Knowledge in Religion

- According to the bible in Hebrews 11:1 faith is said to be an assurance of things that are hoped for, evidence of things that are unseen, on the other hand, faith is generally defined as a strong assurance based on assumptions but not a certain decision based on evidence. Throughout history faith as basis of knowledge has been regarded as a controversial issue, especially in religion. This is mainly because religion is archaic, there are no traces of evidence but people strongly believe in it and they consider it as the truth....   [tags: Religion]

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Outcomes of Gaining and Losing Faith

- ... Let’s hope” (Ohlin 209). This proves that Anne’s inner conflict is that she hopes for her relationship with Diane to last, but does not believe that will happen. After losing faith in herself, she thinks she does not have the ability to maintain a relationship. She even says, “Other people were destined to keep leaving, over and over again” (Ohlin 229). She is saying that she will always have to abandon the people she loves. She does not understand that if she wants to be with Diane, she needs to have faith in herself....   [tags: spiritual and religious beliefs]

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The Middle Ages : The Age Of Faith

- ... As a Christian, it is important to understand that “when you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living Father” (Boardman, 202) because life is all about finding oneself and exploring all the opportunities that are offered through faith and God. Whether they can bring happiness, depression, or fear, life is full of unexpected events that can have an impact on faith. In 480 to 524, Boethius wrote “The Consolation of Philosophy” that explains how happiness can be found only through the evidences of self-sufficiency of the mind....   [tags: Islam, Christianity, Religion, Jesus]

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The Tension Between Faith and Reason

- ... It simply means the reason has not been discovered yet. Ronald de Sousa in his book, The Rationality of Emotion, claims that emotions usually present philosophical problems, yet they are just as much a part of the reasoning process as dry knowledge. De Sousa argues that since emotions always have an object, there is an objective reason for emotions. Emotions are generated by reason. The reason for emotions could be one’s faith, but again that means the “first cause” would still be reason. An appeal to emotion is still an appeal to reason....   [tags: philosophy, chrisitans, reality]

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The Place of Scripture in Christian Faith

- As part of revivals in Christian faith during 18th century onward three practices evolved into their own interpretation on the place and authority of Scripture in the Christian faith. The first of these were the Liberals who “viewed themselves as the saviors of a defunct out of date Christianity” (Bingham 149). Their founder, Friedrich Schleiermacher an 18th century pastor, “did not view traditional, authoritative doctrines, creeds and biblical texts as the preeminent sources in theology (150). Instead the Liberal perspective of Christianity put more emphasis on the doctrines of sin and grace and less attention on the holiness of the trinity (Kerr 213)....   [tags: evangelism, neo-orthodox, theology, bible]

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The Christian Faith And A Reflection On God

- God spoke this world into existence and created man in his image. God had given us basic instructions for living within the pages of the bible. In God’s ultimate love for us he sent his Son in the flesh just die for our sins and through him give us eternal life. In this paper we will look at what is God like, humanity, who Jesus is, restoration, an analysis of the Christian faith and a reflection my belief in God. God God is like the ultimate parent who is loving, caring and corrects us when we need it....   [tags: Christianity, God, Jesus, Bible]

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Who Is The Goal Of Your Faith?

- ... Do you think you can learn anything about a person by where, and on how, and on what a person will spend their money on. What characteristics are shown when a person needlessly hoards their money. How would you answer this terrible question. Would you be embarrassed if someone stood before this classroom and told these assembled people what you do or how you behave when you thought no one was watching. What kind of works and words did you display for others to observe that came in contact with you this week....   [tags: Jesus, God, Jordan River, Religion]

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Igniting the Faith of the People

- The book of Matthew is one of the more intriguing gospels of the four. This book capture’s the reader’s attention by showing how and why Jesus turned himself into himself and became flesh. This book holds an account of the birth of Jesus, the miracles he performed and his resurrection. This article deals with the igniting the faith of people. And when applied to life it yields mighty life changing results. Unquestionably the article on Matthew is a snap shot when looking at the picture as a whole....   [tags: Scripture Analysis ]

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Kierkegaard And Sartre On Faith

- Kierkegaard and Sartre on Faith Kierkegaard: Faith is truly a marvel and no single human being can ever be excluded from it and its greatness. Sartre: How could one describe faith as a marvel. Kierkegaard: Faith is a passion, and passion unites every single one of us. Sartre: Faith is not a passion, it is not something to be striven for or to take pride in; it is something that is restrictive and confining to human life and progress. Kierkegaard: Faith is most certainly a passion; it is inherent and natural....   [tags: Truth, Religion, Philosophy, Logic]

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The Importance of Faith in "Prisoner of Tehran"

- In popular culture a person is admired for having the quality of doing what is right and the ability to overcome any obstacles. In works of fiction these people usually end up fighting violence with violence until they defeat their adversaries. Real life is much more different. In the book Prisoner of Tehran, when Marina is only sixteen years old she is arrested, imprisoned, and tortured. Her life is filled with great sorrows and tragedies that would crush the spirit of most people, but Marian is able to endure these hardships....   [tags: culture, religion, god, personal experience]

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Samson and the Pillars of our Faith

- The strongest man to walk the earth was now a symbol of fallen humanity. Once a pillar of power and strength, he now stands weak and helpless. Once a pillar of wisdom and justice, he now stands as a testimony of human ignorance and pride. Once a symbol of freedom, he now stands chained to his failed passions. Once a symbolic pillar of humanity working with the divine, he now stands as an example of the brokenness that results when we no longer put our faith and trust in God. Samson was a pillar of God’s grace and power as long as he remained fixed on God....   [tags: Christianity]

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Mormonism: A Paradigm of an American Faith

- A handsome boy kneels down for prayer beside a tree in his father’s orchard. It is a nice sunny spring day with the warm rays of the radiant sun gently kissing the boy’s face. “God, give me a sign,” he pleads to his heavenly father. He is only 14, yet religion fascinates him. Confused by what Christian faith to believe in, he was not sure whether he wanted to become a Baptist like his parents, or a Methodist, which church’s teachings appealed more to him. A slight cool breeze passes through his chestnut colored hair....   [tags: religious beliefs]

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Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero by

- In the 12 years since the terrorist attacks on the world trade towers in New York city, thousands of hours of research and interviews has been conducted, scores of books have been written, and countless documentaries and films have been produced in an effort to help us understand how and why terrorists were able to carry out the massacre of nearly 3500 people. Despite the plethora of religious and nonreligious beliefs represented by the friends and family of those who died, one universal belief binds them all: the belief that an unspeakable act of cruelty has changed our nation and our people for all time....   [tags: Helen Whitney, transcendentalism]

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A Farewell to Arms, A Farewell to Faith

- President John F. Kennedy once said, "Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind." Characterized by violence and terror, war takes away the beauty of humanity and exposes its evil and malicious side. Those who sacrifice their lives are continually tested by the ravenous nature of combat and the ability to take the life of another human. Majority of war participants return to reality a changed person, drastically affected by the devastating circumstances they had to endure....   [tags: Ernest Hemingway novel analysis]

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The Age of Faith: The Dark Ages

- From the fifth to the fifth teen century, Western Europe went through a period called the Age of Faith, also known as the “dark ages”. The church wanted more power and authority, and that implicated a few changes. Not only did the internal structure of the church change, but so did the external. Thus the Age of Faith was simulated, and encouraged battles and adventures. This age was influenced by many factors, such as the reforming of the church, rebuilding of the church, and the crusades. Basic principles had to be returned to the church, as there were still many issues....   [tags: chuch, power, reforming, rebuilding]

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Differentiating Between Faith and Religion

- What is the meaning of faith and why is it important. People believe faith is worth more to people then religion. The person may have the benefits of loving god and excepting him into that persons life without all the so called “work”. Many people believe that in order to accept God into the life of that person will need to have religion. But is that all wrong. People would rather use faith because they do not want to be apart of a religion. The mentality that people have is that all religions are the same this is why faith prevails....   [tags: religion]

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The Debate Between Faith and Science

- In today’s world there is an ongoing debate between faith and science. The extraordinary advances of science have sometimes led to the belief that it is capable of answering by itself all of man's questions and resolving all his problems. Some have concluded that by now there is no longer any need for God. It has been said that one must choose between faith and science: either one embraces one or believes in the other. People seem to have faith belief in God as creator of life and some have scientific beliefs in the spontaneous generation of life from inanimate matter (Wright 111)....   [tags: proof, religion, schools]

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I Was Never Gifted With Faith

- I was never gifted with faith. Open hands and outstretched arms were foreign concepts. Who lets themselves be vulnerable like that. I could never do it. But I could hide. I can hide. I can wait behind the walls I 've built for an eternity. I can push anyone away. There is no limit to my ability. I write on my arm so I don 't hurt myself. I 'm so exhausted and so empty. I 'm /tired/. I 've been doing better lately. I know that. But sometimes it doesn 't feel like enough. It 's like I 'm a shell and the fire that I once was is coal....   [tags: 2005 singles, English-language films, 2008 singles]

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