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 observing things from the "outside-in" perspective is which of the following?

2. Bulverism is essentially antithetical to what?

3. Lewis argues against discounting an argument just because the speaker does what?

4. The letter that Lewis passes on in Part IV, Letter 5, "A Village Experience" is from what kind of person?

5. What problem does Lewis identify in the English justice system with regard to victims?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Lewis believe that the decline of religion occurring at his time was less dramatic than it appeared?

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

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

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

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

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

9. According to Lewis' writings in Part II, Essay 2, "Two Ways with the Self", what apparent contradiction exists in Christianity regarding self-love, and how is it resolved?

10. What is Bulverism?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Apologetics is the rational defense of the faith. Lewis was one of the premiere Christian apologists of his century, publishing prolifically to explain, justify, and defend the Christian faith, which he believed to be not only good, but true. Apologetics employs reason, logic, historical evidence, and rhetorical techniques to shed a positive light on the Christian faith.

1) Explain the nature and purpose of apologetics. Who is the typical audience for an apologetic discussion?

2) Discuss some of the most common problems for Christian apologists, and the ways that Lewis approaches these problems.

3) Assess and explain whether faith needs to be defended and how appropriate reason and logic are to this endeavor.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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