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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. How does Lewis characterize the difference between Christian and scientific approaches to understanding the world?
2. How is Christianity related to spiritualism, according to Lewis?
3. What does Lewis believe the state of the argument between himself and Joan the subject of human pain to be?
4. What belief has had the biggest effect on the decrease in reports of miracles?
5. Lewis warns against using religion and which of the following together in the wrong way?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the difference between religion and politics, according to Lewis?
2. What is the problem with relying only on experience according to Lewis' argument in Part I, Essay 2, "Miracles"?
3. What does Lewis believe about the roles of suffering and discomfort in Christianity?
4. 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?
5. What is the role of apologetics?
6. According to Lewis, how could a Materialist lead a good life without Christianity?
7. What is the essential conflict between dogma and knowledge according to Lewis' argument in Part I, Essay 2, "Dogma and the Universe"?
8. How did Lewis' Socratic Club operate?
9. What is an "animal stage"?
10. What are the problems with dualism, according to Lewis?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
Punishment is of major interest to Lewis. He believes strongly in punishment based on "deserts" and believes that the type of punishment a society metes out can have a profound impact on its character and future.
1) Discuss the nature and importance of punishment according to Lewis. What are its aims, and why must it exist in a civilized society?
2) Explain how Lewis believes the concept of punishment is related to the concept of repentance. Detail any similarities between the two.
3) Describe some of the types of punishment that Lewis discusses in the book and explain how he believes these types of punishments will shape the society that practices them.
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