The Gnostic Gospels Test | Final Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The ___________ was relatively solitary and generally quite introspective in nature, contrary to other systems.

2. Justin was a philosopher who wrote to the Emperor protesting the treatment of a __________________.

3. The orthodox Christian looks at _____________ as a consequence of disbelief and of sin.

4. The orthodox victors preserved Christianity because of their emphasis on rigid ___________, rituals, and Church leaders.

5. Pagels points out that it was not the orthodox church's agenda to eliminate all ____________ from the church.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The belief in the resurrection was one that spread because of its political power, according to Pagels.

Part 1: Why do you think the idea of the resurrection was so effective in politics?

Part 2: Do you think that a person has to choose whether they believe the resurrection happened or not? Why?

Part 3: Does it matter to you what faith your elected officials are? Why or why not?

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

At one point in time, the Romans considered the Christians to be heretics as they were not pagan in nature as the rulers were.

Part 1: Why do you think the the Romans felt they needed to punish the Christians?

Part 2: Why do you think that some Christians feel it's okay to punish those who consider themselves to be pagan?

Part 3: How do you think that religions should treat each other?

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