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

2. What type of doctrines does Lewis suggest that apologetics be used to attack?

3. What mistake does Lewis claim that Pittenger made in critiquing his books?

4. What belief has had the biggest effect on the decrease in reports of miracles?

5. If Jesus' claims about himself were false, what can be said about his moral teachings?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the role of apologetics?

2. Why does Lewis believe that an outside-in perspective is impossible to attain?

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

4. What does Dr. Pittenger say about Lewis' arguments in his earlier works?

5. Why did Lewis believe that the Nazi emphasis on Nordic myth was absurd?

6. Why is Lewis opposed to the commercialism of Christmas?

7. Why does the answering of prayers not always necessitate supernatural intervention?

8. According to Lewis, how are laws of nature, causes, events, and the creator related?

9. Why does Lewis believe that philosophy alone is insufficient for faith?

10. According to Lewis, how could a Materialist lead a good life without Christianity?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

National repentance is the phenomenon of a nation's citizens feeling as if they must each personally atone for the wrongs of the nation as a whole. Although this guilt and the consequent repentance often makes people feel good, Lewis argues that it is undesirable and dangerous.

1) Explain the concept of national repentance and why it was prominent in Lewis' time.

2) Discuss the positive aspects that Lewis believes national repentance can bring about and what it is intended to achieve.

3) Discuss the problems that Lewis sees in national repentance. Explain how it can act as a distraction from real spiritual matters, and detail Lewis' arguments against it.

Essay Topic 2

Apologetics is the rational defense of the faith. Lewis was one of the premiere Christian apologists of his century, publishing prolifically to explain, justify, and defend the Christian faith, which he believed to be not only good, but true. Apologetics employs reason, logic, historical evidence, and rhetorical techniques to shed a positive light on the Christian faith.

1) Explain the nature and purpose of apologetics. Who is the typical audience for an apologetic discussion?

2) Discuss some of the most common problems for Christian apologists, and the ways that Lewis approaches these problems.

3) Assess and explain whether faith needs to be defended and how appropriate reason and logic are to this endeavor.

Essay Topic 3

Lewis discusses the arguments that many have made, believing that females should be allowed to serve the Christian church as priests. He suggests that this reform has been enacted in very few denominations for good reasons, and he cites practical and theological reasons to advise against it.

1) Discuss some of the practical difficulties that Lewis brings up regarding allowing women to serve as priests, and the theological basis behind this restriction.

2) Explain the arguments that Lewis explains that speak in favor of allowing females to serve as priests.

3) Using Lewis' predictions and warnings, speculate about what the consequences would be for a major denomination within Christianity to allow females to serve as priests.

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