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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What mistake does Lewis claim that Pittenger made in critiquing his books?
(a) He left out key arguments.
(b) He was uninformed on the subject matter.
(c) He misinterpreted the scripture.
(d) He didn't factor in the intended audience.

2. Apologetics is best described as which of the following?
(a) A logical explanation of church history.
(b) A rational defense of the faith.
(c) A literal interpretation of the bible.
(d) The factual basis of the scriptures.

3. Lewis contends that most people will realize that without Christianity what will happen to them?
(a) They will be unable to lead good lives.
(b) They will feel more fulfilled.
(c) They will be able to lead moral lives.
(d) They will feel empty.

4. Lewis asserts that what is necessary in order to know what is "good"?
(a) A creed or world view.
(b) Dogma.
(c) Christian faith.
(d) Introspection.

5. According to Lewis, what is the proper way to make probability judgments about events in Christianity?
(a) According to modern science.
(b) According to a sliding scale.
(c) According to a bell curve of unlikely events.
(d) According to the actions of God.

6. What role does dogma play in a religion, according to Lewis?
(a) It suppresses dissent.
(b) It prevents free thought.
(c) It helps to propagate it.
(d) It ties its identity together.

7. What belief has had the biggest effect on the decrease in reports of miracles?
(a) Agnosticism.
(b) Dualism.
(c) Atheism.
(d) Materialism.

8. How does Lewis state that he "wants" to interpret the Christian creeds?
(a) As being totally literal.
(b) Less literally.
(c) As metaphors.
(d) In scientific terms.

9. What does Lewis believe about the importance of experience?
(a) It is of paramount importance.
(b) It is always distorted and unreliable.
(c) It proves nothing on its own.
(d) It is totally unimportant.

10. How is Christianity related to spiritualism, according to Lewis?
(a) Christianity invalidates spiritualism.
(b) Spiritualism is a subset of Christian beliefs.
(c) It is not a form of spiritualism.
(d) Spiritualism is equally valid compared to Christianity.

11. According to Lewis, what is the impact of not praying on a particular subject?
(a) It has no affect.
(b) The outcome may be different.
(c) The result will be unfavorable.
(d) The meaning of the outcome will be incomprehensible.

12. What does Joad say about standard attempt to explain the problem of human pain?
(a) They are confusing.
(b) They are insufficient.
(c) They are internally inconsistent.
(d) They make sense.

13. Joad believed that various philosophical theories of human evolution were which of the following?
(a) Childish.
(b) False.
(c) True.
(d) Irrational.

14. Lewis believes that faith cannot be based solely on which of the following?
(a) Philosophy.
(b) Prayer.
(c) Introspection.
(d) A sense of the divine.

15. Lewis hoped that his club would adopt what type of a political viewpoint?
(a) Libertarian.
(b) Conservative.
(c) Neutral.
(d) Liberal.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the title of the book discussed in Part I, Essay 13, "On the Transmission of Christianity"?

2. What justification does Joad give for his preference of belief in Part I, Essay 1, "Evil and God"?

3. In Part I, Essay 1, "Evil and God", Lewis contends what about evil?

4. In addition to being good, Lewis states that Christianity must be defended for being which of the following?

5. How does Lewis suggest that higher animals might be able to achieve immortality?

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