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Matthew Clarke

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  1. Although I am at times a back slider, I totally agree that if everyone operated with a fraction of the compassion and goodwill of Jesus, the world would be a far more pleasant place to live. However, all religions advocate a similar message. Thus, hypothetically there shouldn't be any cause for people of different religons to conflict with each other. The problem of course, is that religions in today's world are usually representative not of people who want to spread peace and goodwill, but of political groups who hide their greed-filled, supremacist, imperialist intentions behind the mask
  2. On Islam and Christianity Personally as a Christian I try not to keep enemies that would like to slap my cheek, however I can say when the event has occured I do usually turn the other. I have heard this sort of comment previously from muslim people I knew when I was younger. The problem with this disagreement is a problem Christianity faces not only with Islam. The Old Testament does of course preach attitudes such as an "eye for an eye" etc. The way world political leaders have behaved throughout most conflicts suggests that this is closer to their doctrine than "turning the other
  3. Personally I don't and have very rarely watched any of these programs. As sad as it gets sometimes, I'd still rather watch my own life. TV for me is for entertainment in the form of dramatic productions, music tv and news/documentaries and of course olympics and world cups, however I do understand why many people get something from reality tv programmes. I believe a lot of people these days are spiritually dead, or don't even entertain the idea of having a soul. I believe this has a knock-on effect on the way in which they cope with the downsides and traumas of their own life - They projec
  4. Although I am at times a back slider, I totally agree that if everyone operated with a fraction of the compassion and goodwill of Jesus, the world would be a far more pleasant place to live. However, all religions advocate a similar message. Thus, hypothetically there shouldn't be any cause for people of different religons to conflict with each other. The problem of course, is that religions in today's world are usually representative not of people who want to spread peace and goodwill, but of political groups who hide their greed-filled, supremacist, imperialist intentions behind the mask
  5. As a Black Briton, I was always a little wary of explicit demonstrations of nationalism whilst growing up. As mentioned by some of the contributors earlier, nationalism can and does breed violence against the perceived 'other'. However, now I am older, I accept that with the establishment of nations, the doctrine of nationalism is important for helping to foster a sense of unity within state boundaries. After all, whether we like it or not, countries are here to stay and the citizens of each country do need to be taught to at least work together with the people who are around them. This te
  6. Hi My name is Matthew Clarke. I teach History/Humanities at Hastingsbury school in Kempston. I am in my second year of teaching and although I use the internet a lot I have not created any websites. However, I am very eager to develop my knowledge and make links in this area.
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