Response Paper 1-Flood Accounts

In: English and Literature

Submitted By jsmajette426
Words 318
Pages 2
Response Paper: Gilgamesh and Old Testament
Question: Is the biblical flood account a modified copy of the Epic of Gilgamesh?
The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Old Testament have their similarities as well as differences. The Epic of Gilgamesh is supposedly a mythical tale, while the Old Testament has proven to be true facts. I feel as if the biblical flood account can’t possibly be a modified copy of the Epic of Gilgamesh because while Gilgamesh is a myth, the Old Testament is a proven true story; notable differences between the two accounts and thirdly, because the word of God tells no tales. Even though “Gilgamesh is the first recorded heroic narrative of world literature (Chambers)”, God is the creator of the world so he had the power to actually make the flood occur even if he did get the idea from that tale. Since it is said that our God is an omniscient God or all-knowing; wouldn’t that mean that he in all actuality created Gilgamesh? I hope you can understand where I am trying to go with this argument because I know what I want to say, but it is so complex that it is hard to explain. I guess that is how it goes when it comes to discuss religion and history! Basically, my stance for saying that it is not a modification is because the Epic of Gilgamesh is not as realistic as the biblical account. ‘The gods were frightened by the flood, and retreated, ascending to the heaven of Anu. The gods were cowering like dogs, crouching by the outer wall (Clinton, Irele, , , , and et al 72-76).” Why would a powerful God be afraid of something that can’t destroy him? Although there was so much similarity between the two, the biblical account of the flood thrives off of realism and that is why I took the stance that I…...

Similar Documents

Response Papers

...Taylor Sorensen Response Paper September 19,2012 There are many different things that I have learned from this class and chapters 2 and 3. The Johari window was probably the most interesting to me though, it was a real eye opener as you could say. What my friends and family had thought about me wasn't really how I thought they had saw me. My Johari window made me want to begin working on my self, not to impress but it may be for the better. The things that didn not describe me in the “Hidden” spot thhere were some words that really popped out to me that made me want to work on maybe being more that way. How I see my self is important, because its me,I see an out going, loud, fun and loving person. I care about my family and friends and I enjoy meeting new people all the time. I like to be introduced to new coltures and learning their ways of life. May people see me as perhaps loud and obocious but fun and talkative. Most people that I know that begin to know me say I am spontanious at times and can talk for hours. I'm not to sure how I came to know myself, in some cases I don't believe I know y self. In all reality does anyone really know them selves? I guess most people do know them selves but how log does it really take for someone to no one another or them selves. I'm not to sure I know who I really am, I know my name is Taylor Rae Sorensen, and I want to become a Elementy School Teacher. I know what I want, I know my goals and how I am going to achieve them......

Words: 361 - Pages: 2

Response Paper

...1. Andrew Jackson, aka “Old Hickory” (The Miller Center, 2012). 2. Democrat (The Miller Center, 2012). 3. He was a judge, congressman, lawyer, and most importantly he won fame as a major general in the War of 1812 with smashing victories (Potus, 2012). 4. Andrew Jackson was elected president twice serving (2) terms. In 1828, he won 68.2% of the electoral vote. In 1832, he won 76.0% of the electoral vote (The American Presidency Project, 2012). 5. In the beginning of Andrew Jacksons presidency he recommended eliminating the Electoral College. Also, Jackson battled against the Second Bank of the United States. A private corporation but Jackson saw it as a Government-sponsored monopoly. He reacted by vetoing the banks recharter bill. (The White House, 2012). 6. One factor that would explain Andrew Jacksons issues in his presidency, would be his Public Support. Patterson states, Presidential power rests in part on a claim to national leadership, and the strength of that claim is roughly proportional to the president’s public support. (2011, p. 443). As President he planned to direct his representation to the common man. Without the public support Jackson would not have been elected by popular vote. (The White House, 2012) The American Presidency Project (2012). Presidential Election Data 1828 – 1832. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/elections.php Accessed September 9, 2012. The Miller Center (2012). The American President: A......

Words: 297 - Pages: 2

Geography Research Response Paper

...Geography Research Response Paper What will be the environmental, sociopolitical, and economic impacts of 21st century climate change? * Environmental * A springtime “ozone hole” has developed in the last 30 years over Antarctica (Mann 30) * Without an ozone layer, unhealthy levels of UV radiation would reach Earth’s surface, making the planet largely uninhabitable (Mann 30) * Basic theoretical considerations as well as detailed climate-model simulations indicate a likely increase in the average intensity of tropical cyclones and hurricanes in all major formation basins (Mann 56) * We know that mountain glaciers over the world are disappearing, and that this disappearance is generally related to increased melting due to warmer atmospheric temperatures (Mann 58) * The combination of decreased summer precipitation and increased evaporation due to warming surface temperatures is predicted to lead to a greater tendency for drought in many regions (Mann 90) * Other likely impacts of climate change over the next century include increases in extreme weather phenomena, and rising sea levels due to melting ice and warming of the oceans (Mann 90) * Sea level is predicted to rise because water expands as it warms, and melting ice is also likely to have a major impact on the sea level (Mann 98) * Coastal regions will be subject to increased exposure to flood and storm damage, more intense coastal surges, and altered patterns...

Words: 1111 - Pages: 5

Response Paper

...Response Paper H. J. McCloskey, a renowned philosopher in the mid 20th century, wrote a provocative article in 1968 titled, “On Being an Atheist”. McCloskey argues for atheism as the preferred and better belief system based upon his refutation of the theistic arguments. He argues against the existence of God by attempting to refute the cosmological and teleological arguments; as well he endeavours to discredit a God based upon the presence of evil. In doing this, he extends the boundaries for arguing God, whilst opening the floor to debate free will and the apparent comfort of the atheistic belief system. However, through careful analysis of the arguments for God, and an insight into the mysterious free will that God has given man; we see that a theistic belief is logically more sound and preferred. McCloskey says that the proofs for the argument of God cannot definitively establish a case for the existence of God. Therefore, all those proofs for God cannot be used in the logical argument for a God. However, McCloskey didn’t recognize the three aspects when approaching the question: does God exist. Through these three studies, we are shown that though no one person can empirically prove the existence of God, He in fact still exists (Foreman, Lesson 18). The three aspects to approaching the question of God are: best explanations approach, cumulative case approach, and the minimalistic concept of God. The best explanations aspect refers to the existence of God as the best......

Words: 1875 - Pages: 8

Response Paper

...Corey Rivera Dr. Matthew Arbo Phil 201-D20 December 7, 2013 Response Paper Does a belief in an all-knowing, all-good, all-perfect, and all-powerful God provide one with all the answers to life’s inexplicable questions? Conversely, does a belief in atheism offer any insight into life’s inexplicable questions? According to an article titled “On Being an Atheist,” written by the Australian philosopher H.J. McCloskey, atheism seems to do just that. In fact in his article, McCloskey not only bashes the classical arguments for God’s existence using the problem of evil, but also offers it as the reason why one should not hold to the belief in all-knowing, all-good, all-perfect, all-powerful God. However, as seen in the arguments against McCloskey’s beliefs in atheism, such a belief is not only a sin against God, but has devastating effects to all of mankind. McCloskey claims that arguments, named “proofs” in his article, offer no significant evidence to establish a case for an omnibenevolent God, and therefore should be disregarded.1 However, McCloskey is using the classical arguments the wrong way and in a manner they were not designed to be used. The problem with referring to the classical arguments for God’s existence as “proofs” implies a sense of certainty. These arguments were not meant to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the existence of God, as McCloskey believes. Rather these arguments take a best explanation approach for the existence of God. They simply argue the......

Words: 2208 - Pages: 9

Account 1

...Accounting Statements Write a four paragraph answer, citing the text, pretending that your current (or previous) job is its own company. Prepare a simple version of each of the 4 typical financial statements (see page 17) for this pretend company. Although it is not necessary to display statements, state what each of the statements tells you about your job (pretend company). Respond to at least two of your fellow students’ postings. | | This section shows how financial statements are prepared from the analysis of business transactions. The four financial statements and their purpose is: | 1. Income Statement- A summary of an organization's performance as imitated in the effectiveness (or lack of it) of an association over a positive dated. It details the incomes and expenditures of past, that led to the existing revenue or loss, and specifies what may be done to progress the effects. (Brownfield, 2007. Pg. 17). | Income Statement Template | Justifiable Record LabelIncome StatementFor the Year Ending in December 30th, 2013 | Revenues: Services to Clients (Performances) $500,000 Interest Revenue $ 20,000 Total Revenues $520,000Expenses: | Salaries (To Artist) ...

Words: 756 - Pages: 4

Response Paper

...emphasizes on the angel’s wings. Wings usually symbolize power and freedom but in this story the angel is nothing like that. Here, this magical angel is described as weak and captivated inside a chicken’s coop by this common family. He is being ill-treated by the common people. This probably represents that one has his own importance only when he is strong and powerful. Weak people are always being ignored, no matter if he is an angel or not. Although he is an angel but the responses towards him was not something that we expect to see. Pelayo and Elisenda were taking advantage of this weak angel by showcasing him and charging money from the village people. After realizing a connection on the fate of the angel’s arrival and the recovery of their extremely ill son, Pelayo and Elisenda then finally decide to keep him inside the chicken’s coop. That’s the best they can do for an angel! On the contrary, if it was a strong and perfect angel with a halo that we usually picture in our imagination, then their responses would have been totally different towards the angel. Instead of showing gratitude or respect, the people of the village seem kind of cruel and unconcerned of the angel’s sick situation. They did not even care that the angel was suffering. It seems like that the people were waiting for the actual climax of the picture once it starts to talk or respond to their cruel actions. They were waiting to experience a miracle! They even threw stones and burnt his wings......

Words: 721 - Pages: 3

Account 1

...CHAPTER 1 Financial Accounting and Accounting Standards ASSIGNMENT CLASSIFICATION TABLE | | | | |Topics |Questions |Cases | |1. |Subject matter of accounting. |1, 2 |4 | |2. |Environment of accounting. |3, 29 |6, 7 | |3. |Role of principles, objectives, standards, and accounting |4, 5, 6, 7 |1, 2, 3, 5 | | |theory. | | | |4. |Historical development of GAAP. |8, 9, 10, 11 |8, 9 | |5. |Authoritative pronouncements and rule-making bodies. |12, 13, 14, 15, |3, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17 | | | |16, 17, 18, 19, | | | | |20, 21, 22, 24 | ...

Words: 4213 - Pages: 17

Response Paper

...Phil- 201 Response Paper The argument of whether or not it is possible to prove or disprove God’s existence has been going on for hundreds if not thousands of years. Many scholars, atheists, and non-believers throughout the years have argued against the existence of God, but in H.J. McCloskey’s, On Being an Atheist, he shows a much deeper look at his argument by discussing what he thinks might be the overarching argument of Gods existence. After reading McCloskey’s article I have found many weaknesses in his argument and aim to point them out to show the truthfulness of Gods existence. In order for theists to properly bring truth to this matter we must understand the background to the beliefs of the atheists. The very first problem with McCloskey’s article is that he states that the theist’s argument in favor of God’s existence does not hold any proof. He believes that our proofs do not hold any girth and there for should be done away with. McCloskey states on page 64, “To get the proof going, genuine indisputable examples of design or purpose are needed. There are no such examples, so the proof does not get going at all.” This argument is an interesting one but is disproven by some other arguments atheists might have. Many traditional approaches to different solutions use proof or the idea of it to support it. If you examine the traditional approaches you will find that proof is seen as a series of logical steps which lead to a conclusion without having any unquestionable...

Words: 1075 - Pages: 5

Response Paper

...The epic of Sundiata was an oral tradition that follows the life of Sundiata, son of Maghan Kon Fatta and Sogolon and future King of the Kingdom of Mali. The history of the “lion prince” (Niane 14), is told by the griot Mamadou Kouyate many generations after Sundiata himself died in the 1200’s. It remained spoken only until scholars began publishing African oral tradition as stories in the mid-1900s. Mamadou Kouyate explains that his reason for telling the history of Mali in this fashion is, “…so that the lives of the ancients might serve them as an example, for the world is old, but the future springs from the past, (1).” The epic itself are plainly written words of an oral account, but that does not take away from the fact that the history and tale is a reliable source of information on the old kingdoms of Western Africa and the Kingdom of Mali specifically. Griots, like Mamadou Kouyate, were men who had ,”…learnt the art of historical oratory through long years…bound by an oath, (viii).” Though certain words are often changed when a person retells a story, Griots were raised from their youth and trained to retain exact details of a history in order to better retell it in the future. Griots were highly respected men who maintained traditions of their people and were often more than not advisers to the kings of Mali. Griots, “…for want of archives, records the customs, traditions and governmental principles of kings, (vii).” These men told history so it can be an example......

Words: 279 - Pages: 2

Response Paper

...Response Paper Humanity has held varying perspectives concerning religion and deity. In our current world there are countless religious beliefs such as Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism and Atheism to name a few. The vast majority of these are monotheistic or polytheistic with the exception of Atheism which is absent of any belief in a deity. In each dogmatic structure a formula is provided as a means to live a meaningful life, some to self-satisfaction, in serving others and one in serving a loving God. However, Atheism holds to a belief that there is no afterlife only an end of all existence. With this in mind and there being various religious aspects we must ponder the question, how can humanity reject or disallow the everlasting father, the one true God? Many are the disputes for and against the existence of a God and many have proven to be confusing and misguided to say the least but do propose strong arguments that should be understood. An article by Australian philosopher H. J. McCloskey titled, “On Being an Atheist” presents a seemingly very compelling pro-atheist argument. McCloskey wastes no time and opens his article by explaining the flawed belief systems of theism. Although there are a other arguments to be considered in formulating a solid perspective McCloskey chooses to remain in the scope of three, the Cosmological, Teleological and the argument of design. Cosmological arguments endeavor to surmise the existence of......

Words: 1594 - Pages: 7

Response Paper

...Omar Hamada 900141417 Social Problems in the Middle East Dr. Nazek Nosseir Research Paper What Are The Real Reasons Behind Poverty In The Middle East? "Poverty: The state of being extremely poor" by Oxford Dictionaries Introduction With the recent revolutions in the Middle East demanding word and social justice, and the high levels of unemployment in the region. The Middle East is still suffering from a high poverty rating, and a huge wage gap between the social classes. Rich people literally are getting richer while the poor are facing more problems and disasters as time goes by. Many questions remain unanswered: What are the reasons behind poverty in the Middle East? Why do rich people get richer while the poor get poorer? How do the rich people benefit from the current situation? How laws are fixed to protect only the rich? Are governments involved in these acts? Poverty rate in MENA has been slightly declining since 1990 to 2005, 17 percent of the region's population live below $2/day in 2005. The region faces various challenges in poverty reduction, such as the persistency of poverty, as poverty in this region is impacted by a hasty economic growth, which is above 2 percent per capita. This is a result of the nature of poverty, which is concentrated on groups that benefit the last ones from that economic growth: the uneducated, rural residents, families with a lot of members. Another challenge the region is facing is the increasing inequality, which is......

Words: 2553 - Pages: 11

Response Paper

...Response Paper H. J. McCloskey Article Shawna Upchurch Liberty University Summer 2015 PHIL 201-D18 H.J. McCloskey had written an article called On Being an Atheist that was publish on February, 1968. In this article he speaks about if God is real. Even though we cannot see God in person does that mean he is not real? There are some that does not have a belief in God even those there is no proof stating there is not a God. This does not mean that one should not listen to others then they try to tell you that there is not a God. But the best thing to do is listen to them and see what proof that they can show to state as to why they think that way. Then there are some that believes that there is a God but does not believe in all that is said that he had done. McCloskey stated in page 62 that, “Philosopher colleagues attribute to much importance to the role of the proofs of the existence of God as a basis for religious belief, that most theists does not come to believe in God as a result of reflecting on the proofs, but come to religion as a result of other reasons and factors.” (McCloskey, 1968) McCloskey used three arguments to support his claims; these three arguments are cosmological argument, teleological argument, and Argument from design. McCloskey had went on speaking about the cosmological argument and about the universe. McCloskey was more into the idea of a big bang. This can be broken down into three ideas from Evans and Manis on their non-temporal form of......

Words: 1979 - Pages: 8

Response Paper

...Response paper to 'Economic Globalization' This article (Buckley, 1998) divides into three parts: The description of the global marketplace, the competition and protection in the global marketplace and the change of the global financial markets . The article points out that the volume of world trades increase significantly in recent marketplace and business might compete not only with their neighbouring organizations but the businesses in faraway countries as well. The article states that services and intellectual property rights are becoming to comply with the international regulations. Additionally, tariff has been decreased to encourage the international trade. Buckley (ibid) believes that the gap between the rich and the poor has widened not only between countries but also within countries in recent year, and the poor might suffer hard lifetime. It seems not be wise to just focus on the profit. For the sophisticated companies, taking the sustainability into consideration might be more worthwhile to achieve the long-term development. The foreign exchange rate fluctuations exert an significant impact on the profitability of commercial organizations (ibid). Furthermore, according to Buckley (ibid), the global financial markets emphasize more on a few OECD countries such as United States, the UK and China. My response to this is to totally agree with the authors. First and foremost, companies should take both the social responsibility and the profitability into......

Words: 358 - Pages: 2

Response Paper

...generation.They have become so involved with the use of technology that they often tend to forget about the real world and take action without using their minds.Nowadays the young generation also do not have any privacy as they share too much personal information on social media.Due to such extreme use of technology these young people are showing less personal interactions.They do not have enough time for their friends or families.The writer also said that this generation is so obsessed with gadgets and the internet that they are doing bad in their academic oerformances and that the students have very short attention spans.The writer thinks that they should not be so obsessed with technology but enjoy their benefits.I am writing this response paper to show the young generation is misusing technology and I would like to express my agreement on how the people are the ones who use technology in the wrong way, also I would like to express my disagreements on the point on which the author said that technology is taking over their lives and I would also like to offer a few suggestions. The author has mainly targeted the young generation.The young generation consists of teenagers and young adults.However, the purpose of the author is directed at everyone.He wants everyone to know about how all these new gadgets can influence negatively so that they can take necessary steps to help them.The author wants the young people to realize that they are using technology in the wrong way......

Words: 560 - Pages: 3