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

Short Answer Questions

1. In the Gospel of Thomas, _________ speaks of a light within man that can light up the whole world.

2. Pagels wonders if true authority is only found when one takes a journey __________ on his own.

3. It is thought that perhaps some of the texts which were to be destroyed were buried in a _______ where they were later found.

4. Pagels makes a reader question: Is the Kingdom of God more truly __________________?

5. Polycarb refused the __________________ and was burned alive because of his Christian beliefs.

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

Christians often believe that one should suffer as Christ did on the cross in order to understand Christ's sacrifice for the world.

Part 1: Do you think that suffering is necessary in life? Why or why not?

Part 2: How do you think the world might be if there was no suffering?

Part 3: How do you think that suffering benefits a person? Or doesn't it? Do you think that seeing the suffering of others is a good motivator? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

In the beginning, those that found the jar with the gospels in it did not want to break the jar, lest they cause harm or they have bad luck befall them.

Part 1: Why do you think that superstition still thrives?

Part 2: Do you think you would have broken the jar more quickly than those of the story did? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you think that breaking open the jar was a good idea? Why or why not?

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