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

Short Answer Questions

1. What surprised Lewis about the club that he formed?



2. In Part I, Essay 23 "Must Our Image of God Go?", Lewis argues against what type of an interpretation of the scripture?



3. How do secularism and paganism compare to Christianity as belief systems, according to Lewis?



4. Lewis hoped that his club would adopt what type of a political viewpoint?



5. Lewis contends that Corineous intends to treat Christianity in what way?



Short Essay Questions

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



2. According to Lewis' writings in Part II, Essay 1, "Dangers of National Repentance", what dangers does national repentance present?



3. According to Lewis' writings in Part II, Essay 2, "Two Ways with the Self", what apparent contradiction exists in Christianity regarding self-love, and how is it resolved?



4. What argument does Lewis make to suggest that science incapable of invalidating religion?



5. How is Christianity transmitted, according to Lewis' writings in Part I, Essay 13, "On the Transmission of Christianity"?



6. According to Lewis' writings in Part I, Essay 17, "Answers to Question on Christianity", what is problematic for Christians about healing the sick, and why is this action acceptable anyways?



7. Explain one example of the problem with trying too hard to look at a problem "behind the scenes".



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



9. What problem does Lewis identify in the rules discussed in Part IV, Letter 1, "Conditions for a Just War"?



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



Essay Topics

Science and religion have been in contention ever since the church began to loose its authority over science due to the work of enlightenment thinkers and scientists. The debate between these apparently opposing world-views raged in Lewis' time and continues unabated to the modern day.

1) Discuss some of the reasons that science and religion come into conflict ideologically.

2) Explain some of the arguments used by both sides to suggest that the opposing viewpoint is invalid.

3) Explain the difference between scientific thought and materialism.

4) Describe the argument that Lewis uses to suggest that science and religion need not be in conflict.

Jesus is widely accepted as a good moral teacher, but the gospels say that he also made impressive claims about himself that cannot be simply ignored. Christian apologists such as Lewis often suggest that Jesus' documented wisdom makes it impossible to discount or dismiss his claims.

1) Explain the common conception of Jesus according to Lewis, and the nature of the claims made by him in the Christian gospels.

2) Discuss the position of Lewis on the subject of Jesus life, teachings, and claims about himself. Why does Lewis believe that the combination of these elements is a strong argument in favor of Christianity's truth?

3) Explain some of the alternatives that Lewis concedes to be possible. Explain some simple changes in doctrine or interpretation of scripture that could lead to a different interpretation either of Jesus' teachings, or his claims about himself, and discuss why Lewis rejects these alternatives.

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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