A History of God: The 4000-year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Karen Armstrong
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. The Greek influence on theology formed the core of the idea of ____________.

2. Bernard's influence outshone that of ____________.

3. Why are theories and philosophies not designed to convince unbelievers?

4. The question that was resolved at a synod was called by the Emperor Constantine at __________.

5. Even by that time the historical facts were being overlaid with mythical elements, which did ___________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Sufism during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries?

2. What led to a rift with the Quraysh? To what did this rift lead?

3. Describe mysticism in Judaism.

4. What discontent exists in the world of Judaism at this time?

5. Who questions the existence and relevance of God in the nineteenth century? How do these people question God's existence or relevance?

6. What does The Koran mean?

7. How were these three religions forced to develop mystical traditions?

8. Describe Bernard, the abbot of the Cistercian Abby of Clarivaux in Burgundy.

9. How did many Jews respond to the Neoplatonic doctrine?

10. What ideas were being developed by Jews in Europe at this time?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A synod is called by Emperor Constantine at Nicaea.

Part 1) What took place at this synod? What events led up to this synod?

Part 2) Why is this synod so significant? How does it affect Christians today?

Part 3) Are the decisions that were made at this synod valid regarding one's beliefs about God and Jesus? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Armstrong discusses the development of a personal God.

Part 1) Describe this development, according to Armstrong. Why did a personal God come to be in these three major religions?

Part 2) What is an inherent danger in a personal God? How was this seen throughout history? How is this seen today?

Part 3) Why did the members of these religions feel that a personal God was necessary? How is this still important today?

Essay Topic 3

Armstrong discusses the consequences of the doctrine of Incarnation.

Part 1) What is the doctrine of Incarnation? What are the consequences of this doctrine?

Part 2) How does this doctrine compare to other religions, such as Buddhism? What does this doctrine mean for Christianity?

Part 3) Can their be further development of revelation? Why or why not? Is this a good or bad thing? Why?

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