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. According to Karen Armstrong's research, did this man claim to be God?

2. In 312 CE, the emperor Constantine _____________.

3. Other religious traditions such as the Buddhist tradition insist that the Absolute is ______________.

4. Christianity became the state religion of ___________.

5. Who is a distinguished Muslim philosopher in Cordova, Spain who had an enormous influence on both Jews and Christians and specifically on theologians such as Thomas Aquinas and Albert the Great?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the Faylasufs' notion of God.

2. Describe mysticism in Judaism.

3. What does Armstrong say about scientific discoveries, old religious dogmas, and atheism?

4. What does Armstrong say about the old tribal God standing judgment of the individual?

5. Who were the Zionists?

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

7. What does Armstrong say about what the technical and industrial revolution, occurring in the West, had on the beliefs of the three monotheistic religions?

8. What happened at Medina?

9. What does Armstrong say about the Sufis and Abu Walid ibn Ahmad ibn Rushd?

10. What is Armstrong's pessimistic view of the modern world?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The question that is not asked in this book is how God will be perceived by man in the future.

Part 1) How have the beliefs surrounding God evolved over time? What has caused this evolution? What impact has this evolution had on the beliefs about God today?

Part 2) How might this evolution continue in the future? What events and beliefs today might affect this evolution? How might they affect this evolution?

Part 3) Where do you see these three religions in the next one hundred years? Use the text to support your response.

Essay Topic 2

The first section foreshadows Christianity.

Part 1) How is the advent of Christianity foreshadowed? What role do the Greeks play in the beginnings of Christianity?

Part 2) How do Judaism and Greek ideas blend? How does this blending leading to the Christian religion?

Part 3) How does Philo give evidence of the mixing of Judaism and Greek thinking?

Essay Topic 3

Developments of the nineteenth century led to questioning of the existence and relevance of God.

Part 1) Name and describe the work of two people who questioned God's existence and relevance. How were people affected and/or influenced by this work?

Part 2) Did those who did not agree with these scientists and philosophers have a right to be upset? Why or why not? How did these beliefs affect Muslims as well? How did this compare to the reactions of Christians?

Part 3) How did those in the world of Judaism also react to their feelings of similar discontent? Why did they feel this way? Why did they react this way? How do these reactions compare to those of the Christians and Muslims?

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