God in the Dock; Essays on Theology and Ethics Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Lewis asserts that what is necessary in order to know what is "good"?

2. What did the woman believe the vision she experienced in Part I, Essay 2, "Miracles" was?

3. How common is the belief in the conflict between religion and science?

4. What does Lewis believe the state of the argument between himself and Joan the subject of human pain to be?

5. How does Lewis characterize the difference between Christian and scientific approaches to understanding the world?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the role of apologetics?

2. 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?

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

4. Explain the way that Lewis states that probability judgments of events in Christianity should be made?

5. What is the purpose of the prayer books according to Lewis?

6. What does Lewis believe about the roles of suffering and discomfort in Christianity?

7. What are the problems with dualism, according to Lewis?

8. What is an "animal stage"?

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

10. What is the theory of dualism?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although he is not primarily concerned with politics, the subject is unavoidable, and Lewis discusses the relationship between Christianity and politics in several different ways throughout the book.

1) Explain the unusual connection between church and state that existed in England during Lewis' time.

2) Discuss Lewis' opinions about compulsory religious activity forced on citizens by the state. Provide and explain some examples from the book.

3) Many have called for Christians to form a political party. Explain the argument Lewis uses to reject these concept.

Essay Topic 2

Lewis explains that self-love is a complicated subject for Christians. He states that Jesus' commandment to "love thy neighbor as yourself" is an important contribution of the faith, and it implicitly encourages love of the self. However, he suggests that Christians are also commanded to avoid excessive greed, worldliness, and other symptoms of self-love.

1) Explain the reasons that Lewis gives to suggest that Christians are conflicted over the subject of self love, and discuss why this conflict is more prevalent in Christianity than in other faiths.

2) Discuss some of the dangers that Lewis explains that Christians face in practicing either excessive or insufficient self-love.

3) Explain Lewis' opinion on the subject of self-love within Christianity and discuss the way that he believes Christians should resolve this problem.

Essay Topic 3

Lewis suggests that Christmas is the most important spiritual holiday in the year for many Christians. However, he complains that it has been co-opted by commercial interests, a phenomenon that he views as destructive and undesirable in many respects.

1) Discuss the commercial impact of Christmas according to Lewis and use his arguments to assess whether or not the commercial aspects of the holiday have a net positive or negative impact on the wider culture that they occur in.

2) Discuss Lewis opinion about the impact that the commercialization of Christmas has on Christians and their observance of this important holiday.

3) Summarize the unusual arguments that Lewis puts forward to denounce the commercialization of Christmas.

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