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 favoring the indirect view is typical of what era?

2. What single factor does Lewis regard as being most important in the growth of Christianity?

3. How relevant does Lewis believe the sex of a person to be in spiritual life?

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

5. Which of the following is NOT one of the reasons Lewis gives for rejecting the concept of females serving as priests?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why is Lewis opposed to the commercialism of Christmas?

10. What is Bulverism?

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

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

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.

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