God in the Dock; Essays on Theology and Ethics Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Lewis argues that the character of Christianity suggests what type of a role for God?

2. Lewis believed that in his time, what was happening to anti-Christian doctrines?

3. Why does Lewis advocate reading older texts?

4. In Part II, Essay 14, "Revival or Decay?" Lewis warns against a brewing religion centered around what?

5. In Part II, Essay 14, "Revival or Decay?" Lewis warns against the danger of the increasing worship of what potentially sinful activity?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What kind of compulsions does Lewis argue against?

3. According to Lewis' writings in Part II, Essay 15, "Before We Can Communicate", what challenges do Christians face in dealing with non-believing Englishmen?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Explain the logical fallacy that Lewis cautions against in Part III, Essay 3, "The Sermon and the Lunch"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Lewis suggests that Christmas is the most important spiritual holiday in the year for many Christians. However, he complains that it has been co-opted by commercial interests, a phenomenon that he views as destructive and undesirable in many respects.

1) Discuss the commercial impact of Christmas according to Lewis and use his arguments to assess whether or not the commercial aspects of the holiday have a net positive or negative impact on the wider culture that they occur in.

2) Discuss Lewis opinion about the impact that the commercialization of Christmas has on Christians and their observance of this important holiday.

3) Summarize the unusual arguments that Lewis puts forward to denounce the commercialization of Christmas.

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