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She studied theology at Yale Divinity School.
Judaismthe oldest of the three major monotheistic religions — having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud
Jerusalem is a holy city for Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
catholicuniversal or inclusive of a wide range of people or interests
more common meaning(s) — when uncapitalized
When the Apostles Creed uses the word "catholic", it does not reference the church headed by the Pope, but rather a universal church.
She challenges accepted doctrine.
denominationa group of religious congregations (such as churches, temples, masques...) sharing distinctive beliefs and belonging to the same organization
or more rarely (and less formally): any categorization of people
other common meaning(s) — as in: the Baptist denomination
Downtown synagogues, mosques and churches of various denominations joined to assist the homeless.
She was his favorite student and disciple.
His success raising numerous small contributions is testament to his popularity.
revelationsomething that was previously unknown — especially something that is surprising; or making such a thing known — (with a lowercase "r")
It was a revelation to me. Until they gave us those tests, I had no idea that I was better than most people at clerical accuracy.
parablea short story told to teach a moral lesson — especially those told by Jesus in the New Testament
Many people have heard the parable of the prodigal son.
baptisma Christian ceremony signifying spiritual cleansing and rebirth
a challenging experience that initiates or purifies
She was baptized at the same church as her grandmother.
affirma firm statement that something is true
expressing emotional support or encouragement for someone
Maria affirmed that she has complete faith in the other members of the team.
reignrule (like that of a king or queen); or the time during which one ruled
other common meaning(s) — as in: She reigned over England
The arranged marriage solidified the alliance between two of Europe’s most important reigning families.
Protestanta member of or relating to any of the Western churches that separated from the Roman Catholic Church during the Reformation
Protestant churches deny universal authority of the Pope.
temporalconcerned with the material (in contrast to the spiritual) world
other common meaning(s) — as in: temporal world
She focuses more on the spiritual while his main concern is with temporal existence.
repentancethe feeling or expression of regret for having done something wrong with a firm decision to be a better person in the future
Prisoners who show repentance are more likely to be released on parole.
canonan official or established rule or principle; or a collection of such rules or principles (often in reference to rules or principles of a church)
other common meaning(s) — as in: a canonical requirement
Their actions violate the canon of proportional response.
monka male member of a religious order typically living under vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience
a Tibetan monk wearing an orange robe
Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries was the largest legally enforced transfer of property in English history since the Norman Conquest.
gospelthe religious teachings of Jesus
one of the four books in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) that Christian’s believe tell the story of Jesus Christ’s life and teachings
a type of vocal music that originated in African-American churches in the United States
other common meaning(s) — as in: a gospel song
The earliest surviving complete copy of the gospels dates back to the 4th century.
gospela set of beliefs firmly held by a group
an unquestionable truth
other common meaning(s) — as in: they consider it gospel
She takes it as gospel.
Her emotional testimony moved the jury.
Jerusalemcapital and largest city of the modern state of Israel; a holy city for Jews, Christians and Muslims
Palestinians demanded that Israel halt construction in East Jerusalem.
dwellmake one’s home in; or to live in; or to stay (in a place)
other common meaning(s) — as in: It dwells in the forest.
The creature dwells in the forest.
Are we talking about a governmental or a religious parish?
apostlean ardent early supporter of a cause or reform
any important Christian missionary — especially the first to a country or region
other common meaning(s) — as in: an apostle for the cause
an apostle of revolution
ApostleChristianity: one of the original 12 disciples (followers) chosen by Jesus Christ to preach his gospel
other common meaning(s) — as in: chosen by Jesus
Paul claimed the role of Apostle to the Gentiles.
piousbehaving in a highly moral or religious manner
or less commonly: behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
divinewonderful; or god-like or coming from God
other common meaning(s) — as in: to forgive is divine
Her pies are divine.
extremism fed by unquestioned belief in the righteousness of their cause
providenceresulting from God’s intervention or plan; or lucky — especially with regard to when something happened — as in: divine providence
On the eve of battle, he prayed that providence was in our favor.
AdventChristianity: the period that includes the four Sundays preceding Christmas
other common meaning(s) — as in: it is Advent
Christians began celebrating Advent in the fourth century.
The University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy is an outstanding college-prep school.
To atone for sins is a common religious theme.
the three great monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
While many atheist decline any non-material reality, others have a spiritual outlook on life.
agnostica person who believes they lack true knowledge about the existence of God (but believes that God might exist)
or more rarely: someone who is doubtful or noncommittal about something
He’s agnostic — about the existence of God and the proof of any non-physical belief.
The priest consecrated the chapel.
She believes God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.
She believes God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.
beatitudea state of supreme happiness
one of the nine sayings of Jesus at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount which begin with "blessed" ("beatus" in Latin)
Her favorite Beatitude is "Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth."
I felt unbearable anguish when my 4-year-old child died from brain cancer.
PuritansEnglish Protestants who in the 16th and 17th centuries thought there were too many rituals in worship and who stressed hard work above pleasure
The Pilgrims who we remember on Thanksgiving were Puritans.
Crusadesany of the more or less continuous military expeditions in the 11th to 13th centuries when Christian powers of Europe invaded Muslims in the Holy Land in the Middle East
other common meaning(s) — as in: First Crusade to Jerusalem
Resentments date back to the Crusades.
There are those who would like to deny Holy Communion to pro-choice politicians, but most see such a policy as violating the separation of church and state.
While I lie awake worrying, she sleeps serenely.
If it was a sin, it was venial.
Thomas MoreEnglish statesman who accepted execution rather than take an oath against his beliefs; executed by Henry VIII; coined the word "utopia" (1478-1535)
The film, A Man for all Seasons is based on the life of Thomas More.
another example of hubris preceding a fall
MethuselahOld Testament: grandfather of Noah who is said to have lived 969 years
or more rarely: a man who is very old
He’s as old as Methuselah.
abideto tolerate or put up with something
other common meaning(s) — as in: abide by her decision
I can’t abide her continual complaints.
abjectextreme (in a negative sense such as misery, hopelessness, submissiveness, cruelty, or cowardice)
She grew up in abject poverty; though she didn’t know it.
abnegateto renounce or reject in various senses, such as:
The monk practices self-abnegation.
She has abrogated her responsibility as a mother.
The professor’s lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them.
The meeting ended in acrimony.
adjureto appeal earnestly or command solemnly
other common meaning(s) — as in: I adjure you
I adjure you.
He admonished the child for his bad behavior
She is an exceptionally adroit pianist.
affrontan intentional insult; or to intentionally insult — as in: an affront to society
She considered anything but the very best manners to be an affront to her dignity.
They made up the story to aggrandize the threat.
She stepped back aghast at the behavior.
allegorya fictional story whose characters, items, or events are symbolic to express a deeper meaning
In Plato’s allegory, the prisoners in the cave represent people living in ignorance.
aloofsocially distant — often thinking oneself superior to others
obviously uninterested in something that interests others — often as though thinking it beneath one’s dignity or distasteful
People who don’t know her, think she is aloof from the rest of the team, but she is just focused on the game.
If we cannot be close friends, we can at least live in amity.
Coal power plants are anathema to the environmental group.
The terrorist wants to annihilate a major American city.
the anodyne properties of certain drugs
the inherent antagonism of capitalism and socialism
Someone needs to replace her and her antediluvian ideas.
She suffers from more than the usual pre-test anxiety.
The live in appalling conditions.
asceticsomeone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial
severely plain (without decoration)
The ascetic life has been more pronounced in Hinduism and Buddhism than in other major religions.
askancewith disapproval, distrust, or suspicion
directed to one side — especially a sideways glance
He looked askance at the offer.
She was alarmed by his atrocious behavior.
She was the first woman to attain the rank of general.
The expert authenticated her signature.
She looked at him with two unblinking, baleful eyes.
I don’t begrudge her making a profit, but this is unreasonable.
Few men could remain detached while looking into her beguiling eyes.
The poor, benighted innocent had never seen such a man.
Dickens, Charles -- David Copperfield
It is our duty to bequeath a better world to our grandchildren.
bereftlacking something that is desired
suffered great sadness because of loss or lack of something expected or strongly desired
deprived (taken away something that is desired)
She is bereft of hope.
She teaches and beseeches her students to think about their future.
bestow blessings upon the marriage
blasphemysomething said or done that is disrespectful of something considered sacred — especially God or religion
The government of the Muslim nation monitors major websites for blasphemy.
The problem with the Fannie Mae and its GSE brethren is...
She displays a callous indifference to others’ suffering.
The committee is characterized by chaos and calumny.
celibateabstaining from (i.e., never having) sexual intercourse
an unmarried person who has taken a religious vow of chastity
The priests are celibate.
Her certitude has given way to doubt.
She’s a charlatan and a cheat.
chasma large and deep and steep-sided opening on the earth’s surface; or (more rarely) any large gap
a large difference of opinion
You can’t leap a twenty-foot chasm with two 10-foot jumps.
She said the United Nations resolution amounted to chastising Israel for wanting to exist.
She ignored the clamor of the crowd.
cleaveto split something — especially with violent force
to cut through something
other common meaning(s) — as in: cleave through
The battle axe was a weapon used to cleave skulls or decapitate.
She gives a career-advancing performance as his comely female companion.
commendationan official award (as for bravery or service) usually given as formal public statement
a message expressing praise
a letter of commendation for superior performance
While most developed nations recognize the embargo, China ignores it without compunction.
condolencean expression of sympathy to another who is in sorrow — typically in grief over a death in the family
They sent their condolences.
sparked the current conflagration by releasing the report
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