Theses in Religion

This collection consists of theses for the Master of Arts in Religion at Point Loma Nazarene University.

One Nation Under Whose God?: Interfaith Work in the Unique Religious Setting of the United States

Melissa Tucker
One Nation Under Whose God?: Interfaith Work in the Unique Religious Setting of the United States

Abstract: The United States is a country founded on religious liberty and is one of, if not the most, religiously diverse countries in the world. Religious diversity has flourished under the United States’ separation of church and state. Despite these protections, religious tolerance has waxed and waned over the last three centuries.

The United States is a country founded on religious liberty and is one of, if not the most, religiously diverse countries in the world. Religious diversity has flourished under the United States’ separation of church and state. Despite these protections, religious tolerance has waxed and waned over the last three centuries. While the government is prohibited from making any claim to an official religion or any requirements about religion, a religion does not need to be state-sanctioned for it to be popularly sanctioned.
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WHDL-00006094

Synthetic Kingdom: The Seduction of Idolatry

Gabrielle Ellerbrock
Synthetic Kingdom: The Seduction of Idolatry

This thesis argues that it is only through a reordering and redirecting of its love towards the highest good, which is God, and with the help of the Church as a guide to do so, that humanity can once again enjoy the purpose for which it was created – love of God and love of neighbor. Saint Augustine’s City of God offers a discussion of how this state of ordering came to pass through comparing what he categorizes as the earthly city and the heavenly city.

This thesis argues that it is only through a reordering and redirecting of its love towards the highest good, which is God, and with the help of the Church as a guide to do so, that humanity can once again enjoy the purpose for which it was created – love of God and love of neighbor. Saint Augustine’s City of God offers a discussion of how this state of ordering came to pass through comparing what he categorizes as the earthly city and the heavenly city. In his depiction of the nature of the two cities, Augustine offers a solution to the displacement of love.
English
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WHDL ID: 
WHDL-00006057

Unity and Separation of Jesus and the Father in the Book of Revelation: A Study of Jesus’ Divinity through Divine Titles and Old Testament Allusions

Noé Correa
Unity and Separation of Jesus and the Father in the Book of Revelation: A Study of Jesus’ Divinity through Divine Titles and Old

This thesis compares and contrasts the views different groups of first-century Christians held in devotion to both the Father and the person of Jesus. Specifically, the ways in which John in the book of Revelation viewed Christology through the Greek Septuagint and the Hebrew Scriptures are explored. The author argues that John in Revelation interpreted “Lord” in the Old Testament to be Jesus, “God” in the Old Testament to be the Father, and “Lord God“ to represent the unity of the two.

This thesis compares and contrasts the views different groups of first-century Christians held in devotion to both the Father and the person of Jesus. Specifically, the ways in which John in the book of Revelation viewed Christology through the Greek Septuagint and the Hebrew Scriptures are explored. The author argues that John in Revelation interpreted “Lord” in the Old Testament to be Jesus, “God” in the Old Testament to be the Father, and “Lord God” to represent the unity of the two.
English
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WHDL ID: 
WHDL-00005492

What is the function of the lamb in Revelation 5?

Billy Blankenship
What is the function of the lamb in Revelation 5?

The thesis of this study is that the function of the lamb metaphor in Revelation 5 serves to reveal the nature of God and the way God achieves victory over evil. Through John’s use of the lamb metaphor, the way of the Roman Empire is revealed as a false ideology, true victory is revealed, and the way of the lamb is made known to his followers. John wrote this document in a   particular time period and cultural context.

The thesis of this study is that the function of the lamb metaphor in Revelation 5 serves to reveal the nature of God and the way God achieves victory over evil. Through John’s use of the lamb metaphor, the way of the Roman Empire is revealed as a false ideology, true victory is revealed, and the way of the lamb is made known to his followers. John wrote this document in a particular time period and cultural context. He employed specific literary devices from the apocalyptic genre that shaped the way he described the narrative.
English
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WHDL ID: 
WHDL-00006115

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