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. What is Lewis' opinion about most Christian writing?

2. Which of the following best states Lewis' opinion on a Christian political party?

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

4. Lewis suggests that the Anglican church and what other denomination have a more commonalities than differences?

5. Lewis states that the opinion that only experts should read old literature is very common in what field?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Lewis' opinion about Christian literature?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why did Lewis believe that the Nazi emphasis on Nordic myth was absurd?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lewis explains that "witnessing" is the Christian practice of sharing the "good news" as expressed by Jesus in the New Testament with those who are outside of the church, attempting to educate and convert them to the Christian faith. Lewis contends that Christians are specifically commanded to pursue this practice, and that failure to do so has serious consequences for themselves and those they fail to convert.

1) Explain the concept of witnessing within the Christian church that Lewis describes. Explain its practices, aims, and target audience.

2) Discuss Lewis' view on the importance of witnessing for Christians.

3) Describe some of the difficulties that Christians experienced in "witnessing" in England in Lewis' time, and discuss techniques that Lewis recommends in order to surmount these difficulties.

Essay Topic 2

Dogma is the more or less unchanging set of beliefs and rules that establish and maintain a religion's identity. Although often vehemently despised by materialist thinkers and liberal churches, Lewis contends that dogma is an important component of faith and essential for a mature religion.

1) Explain what dogma is, especially in the Christian church, and how and why is remains unchanging. Explain one element of Christian dogma that has not changed significantly in a very long time.

2) Discuss the problems that outsiders, liberal thinkers, and materials have with dogma.

3) Explain how dogma aids a religion in maintaining its cohesion, and explain Lewis' suggestion that dogma's unchanging nature is a strength, and not a weakness.

Essay Topic 3

Lewis discusses the arguments that many have made, believing that females should be allowed to serve the Christian church as priests. He suggests that this reform has been enacted in very few denominations for good reasons, and he cites practical and theological reasons to advise against it.

1) Discuss some of the practical difficulties that Lewis brings up regarding allowing women to serve as priests, and the theological basis behind this restriction.

2) Explain the arguments that Lewis explains that speak in favor of allowing females to serve as priests.

3) Using Lewis' predictions and warnings, speculate about what the consequences would be for a major denomination within Christianity to allow females to serve as priests.

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