God: A Biography Short Essay - Answer Key

Jack Miles
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1. What belief continues to set Western civilization apart from, for example, the Japanese?

It is built on the belief that God created humankind in His own image.

2. How can one gain insight into the Western ideal of character without being Jewish or Christian?

One can gain insight by examining the Bible as a literary biography of God.

3. How is God compared to modern actors and Don Quixote?

God has become a member of the Western family through the Bible, similar to how modern actors meld into their memorable on-screen roles and Don Quixote gained literary immortality by blending in readers' minds with the society of his day.

4. What did Neil Simon take for granted when he writes the play "God's Favorite?"

He takes for granted that even non-believers would know what God was like and would have some knowledge of the Book of Job.

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