On the Emotions

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The book “The Brothers Karamazov” is a deep psychological and philosophical novel.  There are many important themes in this book, including faith and doubt, free-will, moral responsibility, justice, and redemption through suffering.  However, only one theme really affected me, the theme of how we ought to deal with our emotions.

Thus Spoke Zarathustra

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Friedrich Nietzsche was a philosopher who lived in the nineteenth century.  His father was a Lutheran minister who became insane and died from brain ailments while Nietzsche was still a young boy.  Nietzsche was the only male in his family after his father’s death.  Nietzsche grew up and became a phenomenal student, and he excelled particularly in Religion and German.  In the year 1864, Nietzsche dropped his theology classes and lost his faith completely.[1]

In the Beginning

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Creation According to the Bible

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep.” Genesis 1:1-2

In the beginning of the Bible, we see that the problem with the earth was that it was formless and void.  Formless meant that it lacked form and void meant that it lacked matter.  The purpose of the biblical account of creation is to clarify that God created matter and form.