REL 212: final exam (see schedule below)
The final exam will be an oral examination covering the
entire semester, including terms on the terms list and the questions listed
below. You will be permitted to pass on 1 question only. You may be asked to
pursue one question in depth and relate it to other issues or texts covered in
the course, or we may cover 2 or more questions as time allows.
If you wish, during the exam you may use any books you bring
with you (NB: you may not read from prepared answers). Caveat: time will
be very precious.
The evaluation of your responses will follow the
A–F scale as stipulated in the syllabus.
- For a C (satisfactory), you need to
demonstrate your general knowledge of the topics covered by the questions (with
as much detail as you can remember).
- For a B (superior), you need to
demonstrate 1) your mastery of some relevant terminology and 2) your ability to
make connections between the questions and other related topics and readings
covered during the semester.
The more details, examples, and terms you include in your
responses, the better.
- For an A (outstanding), you need to
demonstrate mastery of details related to the questions (e.g., specific texts,
the R-drive file with answers)
highlighted terms on R-drive
Topics you should review (see the R-drive file for more information &
- 4 principles (main emphases) of worship in Calvin (Leith, Intro)
- 9 identifiable motifs of the Reformed tradition (Leith, Intro)
- Bible (authority of scripture)
- Calvin’s definition of faith (Institutes 3.2.7)
- Christian freedom
- grace (prevenient)
- Lord's Supper
Questions you should be ready to answer (see the R-drive file for more
information & tips):
- In what ways is the Reformed tradition Augustinian? Discuss specific topics, e.g., grace, predestination, sacraments.
- Describe the historical environment (e.g., political, economic, religious) in which the Reformed tradition emerged.
- Explain Calvin’s
understanding of baptism and circumcision. What are the meanings of
each? How are they similar? How does Calvin understand the relationship
between the old covenant and the new? What is Calvin’s understanding of
infant baptism; what issues are at stake?
- Identify and
describe the characteristics of Presbyterian polity. Discuss how the US
government reflects Reformed/Presbyterian principles.
- Define the
following concepts and discuss their inter-relationships: baptism,
justification, prevenient grace, and sanctification.
- Identify and describe significant characteristics or emphases of Reformed theology.
- Identify and describe the characteristics of Reformed liturgy.
- Show how the
Trinitarian emphasis of Reformed theology relates to pietism, the
so-called charismatic movements, and “Jesusology” (Leith, Introduction,
- What is TULIP? Identify and describe what it stands for.
- List in what
ways the Reformed tradition has influenced western culture; describe
and discuss each, e.g., the Enlightenment, politics, economics, art
- What is Calvin’s understanding of creation and providence?
- What is Calvin’s understanding of the function of creation and the Bible?
- What is Calvin’s view of the law—include the three uses of the law?
N.B. If you wish to switch times with someone, please make the arrangements
and inform the instructor at your earliest convenience.
****** Please be there on time (i.e., slightly before your
10 Dec 2013 (Tuesday)