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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. According to Lewis, what is the most important miraculous event in Christianity?
(a) The resurrection of Jesus.
(b) The confirmation of prophecy.
(c) Jesus' healing of the sick.
(d) The birth of Jesus.

3. What does Lewis cite as being an important part of the intellectual challenge of faith?
(a) Personal introspection.
(b) Prayer.
(c) Theological reading.
(d) Debate.

4. In Part I, Essay 1, "Evil and God", Lewis states that according to dualism, why is the concept of good itself good?
(a) We prefer it.
(b) It promotes life.
(c) It is not evil.
(d) It is objectively superior.

5. Pittenger believes that Lewis' argument against naturalism is really a response to what kind of an argument?
(a) Special pleading.
(b) A strawman.
(c) A generalization.
(d) A false dilemma.

Short Answer Questions

1. What belief does Joad recommend in the writings that Lewis responds to in Part I, Essay 1, "Evil and God"?

2. Pittenger does not believe there is a scriptural basis for which of Jesus' claims?

3. According to materialism, reasoning is the result of what?

4. Joad believed that various philosophical theories of human evolution were which of the following?

5. Lewis would describe Jesus' moral teachings as being which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the distinction that Lewis makes between thinking and imagining.

2. Why does Lewis believe that the gospels are not legend?

3. What mistakes does Lewis believe that the Bishop of Woolwich makes in his arguments about scripture?

4. What does Joad argue in his original 1941 article, "Evil and God"?

5. How did Lewis' Socratic Club operate?

6. What justification does Lewis use to explain that the universe is not meaningless?

7. According to Lewis' writings in Part I, Essay 19, "What Are We to Make of Jesus Christ", what possible contradiction makes it difficult to discount the miracles associated with the life of Jesus?

8. According to Lewis' argument in Part I, Essay 12, "Man or Rabbit?", what are the difficulties of using Christianity to become a better person ?

9. What is the difference between religion and politics, according to Lewis?

10. Why did Lewis formulate his theories about the suffering of animals?

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