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. In Part II, Essay 11, "Priestesses in the Church?" what social event does Lewis compare the activity of the church to?

2. What does Lewis regard as being essential to achieving the "freeborn mind"?

3. What kinds of sins does Lewis believe are the most important to repent of?

4. Why does Lewis advocate reading older texts?

5. What is Lewis' opinion of church hymns?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the problem in the village described in Part IV, Letter 5, "A Village Experience"?

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

4. What is Bulverism?

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

6. According to Lewis' writings in Part II, Essay 1, "Dangers of National Repentance", what dangers does national repentance present?

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

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

9. Why does Lewis reject the creation of a Christian political party?

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

Bulverism is the flawed argumentative technique of assuming that the opponent is wrong and then merely explaining how that person came to that flawed belief. Although this technique may sway audiences, and even cause a person to question their beliefs, it does nothing to determine the relative truth of an issue.

1) Explain the concept of Bulverism, how it is employed, and why it is flawed as a method of argument.

2) Discuss some of the common uses of Bulverism in debate, including a discussion of particular subjects that are especially vulnerable to this type of attack.

3) Speculate as to why a person might resort to Bulverism, and whether or not one who argues in this way is arguing honestly and in good faith.

Essay Topic 2

Miracles are events that seemingly violate the laws of nature, attributed to divine forces, and in Christianity, to the power of the Holy Spirit. Many contend that these events do not occur, and moreover, are impossible. Lewis suggests that the laws of nature are more flexible that they are often represented as being, and that miracles do occur from time to time.

1) Explain the philosophical arguments surrounding the occurrence of miracles. What groups of thinkers have particular interest in them, and what are their stances?

2) Explain Lewis' explanation about experience, observation, and prior commitments regarding miracles.

2) Discuss Lewis' opinion towards miracles and the explanation he gives for contending that they occur with some regularity without necessarily violating the laws of nature.

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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