Guided Reading for The Western Traditions.

Find the answer to each of these questions as it is given in the textbook before moving on to the next question. Some answers, drawn from the textbook alone, will be rather simplistic. They can, and should, be elaborated upon as your knowledge of the subject grows. It is part of the Guided Reading assignments that student should ASK as well as answer questions.

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The symbol (*) after a question indicates that these might be used for longer essays in your quizzes.

  1. What is the Apocrypha? (*)
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  3. How many distinct denominational groups does Christianity comprise?
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  5. What are the two rituals that virtually all Christians practice?
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  7. What can be said definitively about the historical Jesus? (*)
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  9. Which is said to be “the first Gospel”? What is unusual about this? (*)
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  11. What were the Gospels not written to provide? (*)
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  13. What do the undisputed Letters of Paul emphasize?
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  15. What did Paul believe about the end of the world?
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  17. What does it tell us that Paul’s letters address conflicts related to his teachings?
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  19. When were many of the documents discovered, on which we now rely to interpret the early Church?
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  21. How long did it take for Christianity to evolve from a Jewish movement to an independent religion?
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  23. How did Paul dramatically expand Jesus’ teaching?
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  25. What are the seven sacraments of the R.C. and Anglican (Episcopalian) Churches?
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  27. When was the Emperor Constantine (272 – 337) baptized?
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  29. Where was Christian worship conducted in the infancy of the movement?
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  31. What did early Christians believe about “the end times” and the second coming?
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  33. What ecclesiastical office is even earlier than the office of the Bishop?
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  35. When was the term “Pope" reserved for the Bishop of Rome, and by whom?
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  37. What was the earliest known order for women in Christianity?
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  39. When did female monastic communities (nunneries) first emerge in the Christian church?

 

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