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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. Which of the following religions does Lewis suggest cannot be believed without the occurrence of miraculous events?

2. According to Lewis, what is the proper way to make probability judgments about events in Christianity?

3. How is Christianity transmitted?

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

5. In Part I, Essay 1, "Evil and God", what state does Lewis assert that the concepts of good and evil have failed to reach?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are schoolboys taught Christianity in England?

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

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

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

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

6. What is an "animal stage"?

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

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 purpose of the prayer books according to Lewis?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lewis recognizes the supreme importance of a human being's right to pursue happiness, but he loudly opposes anyone's explicit right to happiness itself.

1) Discuss the concepts of a "right to happiness" and a "right to pursue happiness" according to Lewis, and explain their differences.

2) Explain Lewis opinion regarding the importance of the right to pursue happiness within a free, democratic, and capitalist society.

3) Explain the way that Lewis believes that attempting to guarantee a right to happiness will lead inexorably to severe social problems.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Lewis concedes that animal pain is a major problem for theist belief. Although there are many classical arguments to explain the experience of pain by humans, who are able to learn and grow as a result of suffering, there are very few ways to explain the necessity for animals to suffer.

1) Summarize the "problem of pain" for Christianity specifically and for theist belief as a whole that Lewis outlines. Explain how Lewis resolves this problem in the case of human beings.

2) Discuss why the experience of pain by animals remains problematic for Christian apologists.

3) Describe Lewis' theory of "animal stages" and how it acts to explain away some of the problem of animal pain.

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