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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 see in Part I, Essay 2, "Miracles"?

2. According to materialism, reasoning is the result of what?

3. What element of Christianity does Lewis specifically cite as seeming absurd to scientific thought?

4. Corineous asserts that Christianity is which of the following?

5. Lewis contends that most people will realize that without Christianity what will happen to them?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the theory of dualism?

5. What is the role of apologetics?

6. Why did Lewis formulate his theories about the suffering of animals?

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

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

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

10. Why does Lewis believe that pain is evidence of the existence of God?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bulverism is the flawed argumentative technique of assuming that the opponent is wrong and then merely explaining how that person came to that flawed belief. Although this technique may sway audiences, and even cause a person to question their beliefs, it does nothing to determine the relative truth of an issue.

1) Explain the concept of Bulverism, how it is employed, and why it is flawed as a method of argument.

2) Discuss some of the common uses of Bulverism in debate, including a discussion of particular subjects that are especially vulnerable to this type of attack.

3) Speculate as to why a person might resort to Bulverism, and whether or not one who argues in this way is arguing honestly and in good faith.

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

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.

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