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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 it is about choosing to aid the sick that might be problematic for a Christian?

2. Lewis states that sound value theories demand what of a definition of evil?

3. The content of Part I, Essay 20, "The Pains of Animals" is mostly concerned with what?

4. According to Lewis, how much of Jesus' life is recorded?

5. What belief does Lewis reject in Part I, Essay 1, "Evil and God"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is the essential conflict between dogma and knowledge according to Lewis' argument in Part I, Essay 2, "Dogma and the Universe"?

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

7. Explain Lewis' argument that science does not undermine the occurrence of miracles.

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

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

10. What is the role of apologetics?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lewis explains that "witnessing" is the Christian practice of sharing the "good news" as expressed by Jesus in the New Testament with those who are outside of the church, attempting to educate and convert them to the Christian faith. Lewis contends that Christians are specifically commanded to pursue this practice, and that failure to do so has serious consequences for themselves and those they fail to convert.

1) Explain the concept of witnessing within the Christian church that Lewis describes. Explain its practices, aims, and target audience.

2) Discuss Lewis' view on the importance of witnessing for Christians.

3) Describe some of the difficulties that Christians experienced in "witnessing" in England in Lewis' time, and discuss techniques that Lewis recommends in order to surmount these difficulties.

Essay Topic 2

The title essay of the book expresses Lewis' misgivings about the way that modern man approach the subject of God. Many, especially Materialists, attempt to place God in judgment.

1) Explain what Lewis means by the statement that modern men judge God. Explain the typical judgments that are laid against the Christian God.

2) Discuss the way that Lewis believes the subject of God should be approached.

3) Speculate as to how modern mindsets such as individuality and scientific reasoning contribute to what Lewis views as a flawed approach to the subject of God.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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