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 and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Lewis would most likely explain the creation of wine through natural processes as which of the following?

2. Lewis believes that sexual permissiveness will eventually result an a society unfriendly to what group?

3. Lewis attributes most of the reduction in church attendance in England to what?

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

5. In the response Lewis writes in Part IV, Letter 1, "The Conditions for a Just War", what does Lewis question about the theologians who originally wrote about the conditions for a just war?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Punishment is of major interest to Lewis. He believes strongly in punishment based on "deserts" and believes that the type of punishment a society metes out can have a profound impact on its character and future.

1) Discuss the nature and importance of punishment according to Lewis. What are its aims, and why must it exist in a civilized society?

2) Explain how Lewis believes the concept of punishment is related to the concept of repentance. Detail any similarities between the two.

3) Describe some of the types of punishment that Lewis discusses in the book and explain how he believes these types of punishments will shape the society that practices them.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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