Have you ever noticed that anybody going slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac? (George Carlin)

 

 

REL 102 final examination

 

1) Terms (50%): identify 25 of 30 terms for which a brief description will be given (a list of all the terms will be provided)

 

2) Short-answer Qs (20%): more details the better; you may be given several options (of questions) from which to choose

 

3) 1 essay or 2 essays (30%): more details the better; open-book/notes; you may be given several options (of essay questions) from which to choose

 

 

For review

 

midterm exam (NB the R-drive file with answers)

 

McGrath:

Be able to discuss the topics listed in the table of contents.

 

Lewis:

Know the main arguments in Mere Christianity (e.g., regarding morality; 4 cardinal virtues [3.2]; 3 theological virtues [3.10–12]).

 

highlighted terms on the R-drive

 

 

Questions you should be ready to answer (more details the better, e.g., names, dates, places):

 

What were the main issues debated during the Arian controversy? Why did Arius’s opponents regard this as being so important?

 

What were the main issues debated during the Pelagian controversy.

 

What were the main issues debated during the Donatist controversy.

 

Discuss the concepts of heresy and orthodoxy, including how they are related. Include the role they have played in various parts of the history of Christianity as well the challenges that remain for contemporary Christian communities.

 

Who is Augustine, and why is he so significant?

 

How do Tertullian and Augustine think theology should be related to philosophy? How about Aquinas?

 

What does fides quaerens intellectum mean? Whose dictum is it? What would Tertullian say about it—and why?

 

What were some major developments in the Patristic Period?

 

What were some major developments in the Middle Ages? What are some features of scholastic theology?

 

What were some crucial issues for the Reformation?


What are some features of the Enlightenment? What areas of Christian theology were especially affected by the Enlightenment?

 

Discuss the doctrine of the Trinity.

 

Discuss the christological doctrine of incarnation.

 

How are Christology and soteriology related?

 

What is a sacrament? Be able to discuss with examples.

 

What are significant features of Protestantism? Roman Catholicism? Eastern Orthodoxy?

 

Comment on the following claim of C. S. Lewis: "God has not told us what His arrangements about the other people are. We do know that no man can be saved except through Christ; we do not know that only those who know Him can be saved through Him" (Mere Christianity, 2.5). Include what you learned from McGrath's book. Your critique?

 

Discuss the 2 main approaches of Christianity (in McGrath) to understanding its relationship with other religious traditions: partiularism and inclusivism. What about pluralism? Your critique?

 

What are the “two books” of divine revelation? What does this idea suggest about the relationship between Christian theology and the natural sciences?

 

Why do so many Christians believe that God suffers? What difference does it make?

 

Give a brief summary of the main arguments for and against the baptism of infants. What's at stake?

 

Give a brief summary of the main arguments concerning the eucharist. What's at stake?