Monthly Archives: July 2016

Western Literature lesson 91

According to Mark’s gospel, what was main issue dividing Jesus from the leaders of Israel?

The Pharisees followed traditional rules without exception, even forgetting about God in the process. But Jesus chastised them by questioning, “Why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?” Besides rebuking the Pharisees, Jesus also went around performing miracles and forgiving everyone’s sins; and the religious leaders could not accept this because they were the supposed supreme rulers. Also, this indicated that Jesus truly was what he called himself, the Son of God, and they found themselves unable to believe his claims. Jesus was about love, mercy, and including all, even Gentiles. Because this was a message for the people, they ecstatically flocked to him, and the Pharisees grew to hate him. Being the self-avowed and disdainful wise guys that they were, they challenged him on everything he preached and often taunted him with seemingly unanswerable questions. They tried to make him slip up. For instance, in Mark 12:17, the Pharisees argue with Jesus. Continue reading

Western Civilization lesson 100

What changes did William the Conqueror introduce in England?

On the island of Britain, a battle 1066 for possession of England called the Battle of Hastings took place. William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, defeated his opponent, the Anglo Saxon king Harold, and took the throne. Since William was a foreigner from across the channel, the people didn’t immediately accept him as their new king. However they had no choice in the matter since Harold had been killed during the battle. Will instigated many new changes in England. First and foremost, King William stole huge masses of land from the Anglo Saxons only to give it away to the nobles of his native Normandy.  With the Saxons thrown off their land, they would be less likely to get together and rise up against him, giving him ultimate control. This action also subjugated and humiliated his enemies. Secondly, he proceeded to decree that the Pope no longer had the authority to make any clerical decisions without the King’s approval. Thirdly, William was known for keeping the Domesday Book. This was a great collection of records that kept tabs on the financial details of everyone so that Will could tax his subjects with the highest accuracy and receive the most dough in return. And thus, after the Battle of Hastings, William became the king of England, the king of taxes, and king over the Pope.

Sketch dump #15

Wow, I have not posted any art here in a while! Whoops. Better late than never. 1) Jacey 2) My final lion oil painting: Elvis in Paradise 3) An acrylic painting of my cousin 4) Some dance chic 5) Trying out Photoshop some more 6) Acrylic Jacey 7) More Photoshop

Western Civilization lesson 90

Describe the process by which Christianity was spread in England.

In the 5th century, Christians of the Western Roman Church became more prominent because beliefs of the East and the West were solidified into one Christian dogma. During this time several of the church pillars arose to teach and spread the word. Bishop Augustine of Hippo (mid 400s AD) sent St. Patrick to Ireland to convert the pagans and establish churches. In the 500s these churches eventually became monasteries. But, by the 6th century, monastic life needed a reform because it had become a way for elite men and women to escape their lives to a peaceful sanctuary even though they didn’t truly believe. Benedict of Nursia (543 AD) whipped the monasteries into shape with the rules he cranked out which were soon spread across Christendom. Pope Gregory the Great (604 AD) sent more missionaries out into the world, but most importantly he sent the 2nd St. Augustine to England to enforce these new monastic dictates and establish even more churches. The 5th through 7th centuries found England transitioning from pagan Celtic beliefs to an isle holding the creed of the Christian Church sacred.

Personal Finance lesson 10

“Three Things I Can Change to Use Time Better” (200 words)

First off, I could begin by transferring my lessons to a mobile device and completing the lessons during my time in the car or while waiting for my chemistry class to start. On the other hand–since I can only complete about five minutes of any subject during those times because of my lack of concentration–I could read an enjoyable book or doodle because those things make me happy. But I guess that means I need to work on my concentration.

Secondly, I could actually spend a little more time and brain capacity outlining and making notes on my classes. This would cement the material in my brain and prevent me from having to go back and read or watch the lesson multiple more times to ace the test or write the essay. Hold on a moment–I actually DO that already! Perhaps I could teach the material to the wall (this has been proven as the most effective way to learn and retain information) instead of wasting time on so many notes.

Third and finally, I could plan out the time I should be spending on whatever chore, subject, or pleasure I deemed to complete that day. A timer and a schedule would allow me to catch any time that was not being used effectively, find out what was using it instead, and eliminate that thing.