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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. To Iranaeus, the monotheism of the Valentianians was a kind of ________, a hoax that would allow them to participate in the orthodox church.

2. Some Gnostic authors see Sophia as the ___________ benevolently having provided the gift of self-awareness to Adam and to Eve.

3. The Romans believed in divine authority for __________, which eventually led to Inanaeus' death sentence for treason.

4. ___________ was the issue of the day for the orthodox church, according to Pagels' findings in this chapter.

5. A __________ tourist in 1769 bought a Coptic codex near Thebes, which helped to explain more about the time period of the gospels.

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the three Gnostic interpretations of the divine that Pagels speaks of in this section of the book?

2. What do most people agree about in terms of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ?

3. What happened when a Roman soldier expressed his contempt for the Jews?

4. To whom did one's real allegiance belong, according to the ideas of Valentine?

5. What did Iranaeus think about the idea of monotheism of the Valentinians and its place in the faith?

6. What did Tertullian find so horrible about those who claimed the secret gnosis?

7. What did Hippolytus, great enemy of the agnostics, accuse Callistus of?

8. What was the debate the gnostic teachers had about the idea of the Dyad in the relationship of God?

9. Why did the orthodox preserve Christianity, according to the logic of Pagels?

10. What are some of the roles that a masculine God might have in the prayers of Christians, Jews, and Muslims?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Pagels also points out that at times, beliefs that weren't logical became preeminent.

Part 1: Do you think it's dangerous for illogical beliefs to be powerful? Why or why not?

Part 2: Does it matter whether a belief is logical? Why or why not?

Part 3: How do you think society would change of all accepted beliefs were logical? Why?

Essay Topic 2

The idea of having one person as God seems to also relate to that day's thoughts about government and those in power.

Part 1: Do you think that the government had a vested interested in whether there was one God or more? Why or why not?

Part 2: How does having one God figure help those who are in the government?

Part 3: Why do you think that monotheism seems to be a prevalent spiritual concept in today's society?

Essay Topic 3

According to Pagels, most of the Western religions realize that God is beyond the idea of gender.

Part 1: Do you think this it's important to determine a gender for God? Why or why not?

Part 2: Why do you think that many people believe that God is without gender?

Part 3: How do you think religion or spirituality changes when God is given a gender identity? Why?

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