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The Importance of Creeds in Christianity: A Critique of Jaroslav Pelikan’s “The Need for Creeds”

4 pages | 910 words

Jaroslav Pelikan's "The Need for Creeds" is a thought-provoking essay that delves into the importance of creeds within the Christian religion. By discussing how creeds have served as a political tool, a means of making Christianity more accessible to laypeople, and a foundation of religious faith, Pelikan makes a compelling argument for why creeds are essential to Christianity. However, his essay is not without its flaws. In this paper, I will first summarize Pelikan's argument before critiquing it from both a historical and theological standpoint. I will conclude by offering my own thoughts on the usefulness of creeds within Christianity.

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A Comparison of the Pantheon and the Arch of Constantine

3 pages | 610 words

This essay compares the Pantheon and the Arch of Constantine, looking at how they differ in time and place of their making, as well as in their purposes and ideas.

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The Replacement of the Heads in the Constantine IX Mosaic: Financial Reasons

2 pages | 420 words

The essay discusses the possible reasons for why the heads of Constantine IX, Zoe, and Christ were replaced in a mosaic at St. Sophia. The most convincing explanation given is that it was likely done for financial reasons, as Constantine IX Monomachos was not a particularly wealthy emperor and restoration work was needed at Hagia Sophia.

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