Essay 1 Ancient World

Essay 1 Ancient World - Jason Christian Professor Klaus...

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Jason Christian Professor Klaus Ancient World Essay 02/04/08 1. Throughout history, people have been telling stories. The ancients told tales of their Gods to their children. Present day mothers tell their children stories of the Book before going to sleep. Much has changed in simple recitation of these stories since ancient times. The greatest influence of this change was the invention of written language. Stories may now be recorded and passed on the same from generation to generation. However, the meaning of the stories may change from telling to telling as even written word is left up to interpretation. During youth summer camp, everybody played a game called telephone. The camp counselor would whisper a sentence or two into the first camper’s ear, who would then whisper into the next person’s ear. Passing of the phrase continued until the phrase reached the last camper. The last camper would stand up and say the phrase that he or she interpreted from the previous camper’s whisper. Never were the words that escaped the counselor’s mouth the same as those that left the last camper’s mouth. Much the same as summer camp, oral stories changed slightly from generation to generation. This is due the storyteller’s own interpretation of the story. Not only is the oral version changed, even written language falls to interpretation. Only the author of a text knows the true meaning of his or her words. The introduction of writing affects religion very much. Not only could one religion be practiced by people of that faith but also people outside the religion could open books and study the stories, traditions, and culture of religious people.
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2. In most Western Religions, the idea of a supreme ruler of evil is not well met. For a monotheistic religion, only one Supreme Being may exist, in most cases God. When introducing the devil, monotheistic religions begin to approach a polytheistic religion with the Godhead as one supreme and the creator of evil as the other. Scholars have brought in the idea of dualism, having “two ultimate principles opposed to each
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course REL 109 taught by Professor Klaus during the Spring '08 term at Kansas.

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