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Name: _________________________ Period: ___________________

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

There are some who believe that man creates the world of God, and that the path of God lies within man's own mind.

Part 1: Do you believe that faith is externally based or internally based? Why?

Part 2: How do you think that religions might change if faith was not seen as something that happened outside of one's self?

Part 3: Do you think that faith is something you have or something that you need to earn? Why?

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