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Open-Mindedness Opens Life’s Doorways
An academic viewpoint on religion provides perspectives on a wide range of beliefs, while being religious means devotion to a higher power. Religion courses are important in college, not only because they teach religion, but students are taught to develop a type of mindset and view that can be applied to all walks of life. Education builds a bridge to lessen the expanse between theory and practice, and it offers a safe venue to explore ideology and its effects on pluralism in society.
Article Source. OUTLINE In this article, Eck describes the concept of pluralism. She talks a lot about the distinction between pluralism and diversity. Pluralism goes beyond what diversity is. It is something along the lines of diversity with coexistence. The concept of pluralism is built on the idea of engagement, and creating a harmonious society out of these different cultures in our country. This is a key distinction from diversity, which does not rely on interactions between groups.
... After the Beginning
OUTLINE Now, we hear the story of Abram. God tells Abram to travel to the land that He has promised to him and his descendants to make a great nation. Abram travels to Canaan with his nephew, Lot, and his wife, Sarai, and erects an alter for the Lord. Abram then travels to Egypt, acquiring wealth during his stay there. Later, Abram and Lot decide to part ways, with Lot living in Sodom, and Abram living in Canaan. In Sodom, Lot is captured by an enemy army. Abram saves him by defeating the foes with 318 men. The king of Sodom wants to repay Abram for what he has done, but Abram denies his treasures. Abram returns home, and the Lord comes and speaks to him. Abram asks for an heir, and God tells him not to worry for his descendants shall be as numerous as the stars. The Lord made a covenant with Abram, promising the land to his descendants.
In The Beginning
OUTLINE Genesis starts by describing the creation and the beginning of everything. God creates light, dark, the sky, land, sea, and the plants and animals that inhabit the earth. He makes the sun, moon, and stars. God created man in his image from dirt, breathed life into him, and gifted him all of his creation. Then, God created the Garden of Eden with the tree of life and the tree of knowledge in the center. God placed man in the garden to tend to it, but warned not to eat from the tree of knowledge, stating that Adam would obey God. God decided that man should not be alone so, He took one of Adam’s ribs and created woman. The serpent deceived Eve into eating fruit from the tree of knowledge, and she gave some to Adam; their eyes were opened. God punished them for what they had done, going against His command. He cursed the woman with the pain of childbirth and to live under her husband’s authority. Man is cursed to work the land for food until he dies. God then banishes Adam and Eve from the garden of Eden.
The Joys of Harmony Bring Us Together
Where you find a love for music, there will always be a party in the making. The painting, The Concert (1623), by Gerrit van Honthorst (1592–1656), depicts an informal social scene where people gather to drink and enjoy music together that comes alive with illumination and warm tones. The party is open to the viewer as if he or she could step in and join. The merriment the performance holds for the five musicians gathered around a table and three listeners can be felt as one examines this painting. The musical ensemble in The Concert is an English mixed consort (Wheelock). There are both men and women seated around a table, singing and playing music with various instruments. From left to right, there is a bass viol, a violin, a bandora, and a lute. Those performing are dressed in theatrical outfits painted in bright, stunning colors. The women are also wearing elaborate headdresses. The musicians sing and play from partbooks as they are instructed by the concertmaster in red on the left, who is playing the bass viol and directing with his bow (Wheelock). The maestro urges focus, but the joyous quartet is having a pleasant time. The Concert by Gerrit van Honthorst is a genre painting depicting five musical performers and three bystanders; the scene is filled with a harmony between the performers and listeners that is directed by the concertmaster.
Atticus Finch was an Alabama lawyer during the Great Depression when racism was rampant in the South. He was faced with tackling the issues of racism, discrimination, and bigotry in the courtroom. With the help of his devoted nanny, Calpurnia, Atticus raises two children in this time of turmoil. She watches over and cares for the children for Atticus when he travels for matters of state, where he finds fame for his hard work and fairness. A single father with an important job, this man attempts to convince a racist jury that a black man is not guilty. He comes to find that justice is not welcome there in Maycomb. Atticus succeeds at being a great lawyer, a good person, and a dedicated father to his children, Jem and Scout.
The Musical King
Frederick the Great is well-known in European history as one of the pioneers of Enlightened Absolutism, but what many of us may not have learned in history class is that he was a gifted flautist and composer. Frederick the Great was the ruler of Prussia. He reigned from 1740 to 1786 as an enlightened ruler. Enlightened rulers, whose ideas are rooted in Enlighted Absolutism, believe in rational thinking like science and having more education throughout their country for their citizens. Frederick the Great, in this painting, is shown more as a composer and musician than a king. Based on my inferences, the painting is a representation of Frederick the Great as an Enlightened Ruler, depicted by the lighting, the flute, and Frederick’s placement in the composition of the painting.
A Simpler Time
My mom is a very interesting person. The experiences of her life have shaped her into the strong woman she is today. I wanted to better understand how this shaped her and learn about her life. I started by asking her about her childhood. It was 9:54 PM, on August 23, 1973, the hottest day of the year, when Grandma Jackie delivered Michelle Bonnie Gackstetter into the hands of Dr. Richard Mulder. When he unwrapped the umbilical cord from her neck, and she started to turn pink instead of blue, he probably started calling her 'Pumpkin.' My mom said, “The Catholic nuns from the hospital in Ivanhoe, MN, would pray for me every day from then on out, and knowing that has always made me feel a little more close to God.” I like to think that my mom has always been a fighter. I never knew that she had been born with her umbilical cord around her neck. I bet that really scared my grandma.
In a little town, upon a hill, there was an old castle. An old woman lived there. This woman’s name was Madame Ethelinda. She was said to possess great affluence. Not many people had seen her leave her home. Madame Ethelinda had a daughter who came a checked up on her periodically and bought her what she needed. The old castle had once been very magnificent. Now the building had lost its grandeur and was dilapidated. One who looked at the structure could barely discern what patterns were in the brick because there were copious amounts of leafy vines covering it.
A Bridge of Music
Music can create bridges between those in all walks of life. William Sidney Mount was a nineteenth-century American painter and musician who grew up in rural Long Island, New York (Johns). Mount was known as a genre painter attracting fans throughout America and Europe (Johns). Most of his works depict scenes in domestic settings (Johns). A majority of the subjects portrayed in Mount’s paintings are African Americans, farmers, and country folk, those who would be seen as the “common man” in America (Johns). Typically, the people are practicing some form of music. In Dance of the Haymakers, Mount portrays country folk engaged in a variety of activities. Some are dancing to the music played by the fiddler and the drummer boy while others are watching in the background. Mount’s Dance of the Haymakers is a depiction of the African-American man’s role in white society and the racial divide present in American culture shown through the participation of the African-American boy in the music-making, what instrument he is playing, his position in the painting, and how music creates a harmony between the different races.