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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 is Lewis' opinion of the tendency of Christmas shopping to stimulate the economy?

2. Lewis notes that disagreements from Christian history appear small in what context?

3. Lewis argues against discounting an argument just because the speaker does what?

4. Which of the following is NOT one of the reasons Lewis gives for rejecting the concept of females serving as priests?

5. Lewis suggests that Christians attempting to communicate with the outside world should use which of the following in their speaking and writing styles?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. According to Lewis, how do most modern people approach the subject of God, and how should the subject be approached?

3. Why is Lewis opposed to giving all men a "right to happiness"?

4. What practical reasons does Lewis give to reject the idea of women serving as priests?

5. According to Lewis, how might vivisection be justified?

6. What theological reasons does Lewis give to reject the idea of women serving as priests?

7. Why does Lewis find it important for everyone to read older texts?

8. What does Lewis find lacking in the "Liberal" or "Modernist" churches?

9. According to Lewis' writings in Part II, Essay 10, "Modern Translations of the Bible", how do translations of the bible change over time?

10. What kind of compulsions does Lewis argue against?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Although he is not primarily concerned with politics, the subject is unavoidable, and Lewis discusses the relationship between Christianity and politics in several different ways throughout the book.

1) Explain the unusual connection between church and state that existed in England during Lewis' time.

2) Discuss Lewis' opinions about compulsory religious activity forced on citizens by the state. Provide and explain some examples from the book.

3) Many have called for Christians to form a political party. Explain the argument Lewis uses to reject these concept.

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