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

Short Answer Questions

1. A Gnostic author speaks of a baptism of _________ rather than a baptism of water.

2. The Christian, as a result of learning about Gnosticism might ask what the true source of _____________ is in the Church.

3. How did the soldier start the riot which caused so many deaths in the Temple's courtyard?

4. Who took a mediating position with the Christian Church, though they had internal problems as to how to view the orthodox?

5. In the Gospel of Truth, there is a passage called the ____________ parable in which it's said that man acts as if he were sunk in sleep.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In many modern Christian religions, it seems that the feminine aspect is not as widely addressed or celebrated as the male aspect.

Part 1: Why do you think that the male gender is one which is celebrated more than the female?

Part 2: Do you think that having a hierarchy of genders within religions is helpful or hurtful?

Part 3: How do you think that that society's view of religions would change if there was no focus on gender?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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