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

2. According to Lewis, why can the church not treat people at "neuters", as does the state?

3. What does Lewis see as being wrong about the arguments of those who wish to abolish the death penalty?

4. Lewis argues that the commercialism of Christmas is what?

5. In the analogy that Lewis uses in Part II, Essay 6, "Meditation in a Toolshed", how can humans observe the "sun" directly?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What reasons does Lewis give for being uninterested in hymns?

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

5. Explain some of the problems that Lewis sees as challenges to Christianity in England.

6. What is Bulverism?

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

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

9. What is Lewis' opinion about Christian literature?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Prayer is an essential part of almost every world religion. Lewis emphasizes that idea that in Christianity, many believe that God can be implored to intervene directly in the world, either miraculously or subtly, and that failure to pray can have a bearing on the outcome of an event.

1) Discuss Lewis' opinion about the importance of prayer in Christianity and other major religions.

2) Explain the typical Christian beliefs about prayer and the ways that God can be asked to intervene.

3) Describe the miraculous and mundane ways that Lewis states Christians believe God can and does intervene in human affairs.

4) Discuss the "paradox of prayer" that Lewis describes, and explain how he is able to resolve the paradox.

Essay Topic 2

Lewis recognizes the supreme importance of a human being's right to pursue happiness, but he loudly opposes anyone's explicit right to happiness itself.

1) Discuss the concepts of a "right to happiness" and a "right to pursue happiness" according to Lewis, and explain their differences.

2) Explain Lewis opinion regarding the importance of the right to pursue happiness within a free, democratic, and capitalist society.

3) Explain the way that Lewis believes that attempting to guarantee a right to happiness will lead inexorably to severe social problems.

Essay Topic 3

Science and religion have been in contention ever since the church began to loose its authority over science due to the work of enlightenment thinkers and scientists. The debate between these apparently opposing world-views raged in Lewis' time and continues unabated to the modern day.

1) Discuss some of the reasons that science and religion come into conflict ideologically.

2) Explain some of the arguments used by both sides to suggest that the opposing viewpoint is invalid.

3) Explain the difference between scientific thought and materialism.

4) Describe the argument that Lewis uses to suggest that science and religion need not be in conflict.

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