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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 feel about a program of study that would be applicable for all Christians?

2. In general, the efforts of figures from Nordic mythology would best be considered which of the following?

3. What does Lewis believe about the story of Jesus turning water into wine?

4. What is one reason Lewis gives in support of women serving as priests?

5. What core concept in Christianity does Lewis believe to be unfamiliar to most Englishmen?

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. What kind of compulsions does Lewis argue against?

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

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

5. What problem does Lewis identify in the rules discussed in Part IV, Letter 1, "Conditions for a Just War"?

6. What is Lewis' opinion about Christian literature?

7. Explain one example of the problem with trying too hard to look at a problem "behind the scenes".

8. What reasons does Lewis give to support the idea of women serving as priests?

9. Why does Lewis believe that an outside-in perspective is impossible to attain?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 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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